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2012 INFINITI QX56

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$17,268 — $32,496 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cabin quality
  • Second-row space
  • Towing capacity
  • High-tech features

The Bad

  • Styling not for everyone
  • Tight third row
  • Gas mileage
2012 INFINITI QX56 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 INFINITI QX56
  • 400-hp V-8 with direct injection
  • Available four-wheel drive
  • Seats up to eight
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity
  • Available 360-degree camera view

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Infiniti's enormous QX56 adopted the brand's styling to look a bit more like its smaller cohorts. The standard 5.6-liter V-8 has direct fuel injection and makes 400 horsepower. The QX can have rear- or four-wheel drive. The QX, which can seat eight in three rows, counts the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator among its competitors.

New for 2012
The Technology Package adds Blind Spot Intervention and a lane departure mitigation system designed to help the driver bring the SUV back to the middle of its lane. The Deluxe Touring Package now includes a Bose Cabin Surround stereo with 15 speakers. Heated second-row seats and remote tip-up for the second row are now included in the Theater Package.

Exterior
A massive grille adorns the hood, dwarfing the headlights and fog lights. Above the front fenders sit three chrome portals — a styling feature Buick made plenty of hay with awhile back. Alloy wheels measure 20 inches in diameter. Exterior features include:

  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional adaptive headlights with power washers
  • Power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • Available power liftgate
  • Optional 22-inch wheels
  • Optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control

Interior
The QX56's interior sports three-dimensional gauges, a four-spoke steering wheel and gathered leather inserts along the doors. An available rear entertainment system can play two video sources on separate screens.

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, Infiniti's enormous QX56 adopted the brand's styling to look a bit more like its smaller cohorts. The standard 5.6-liter V-8 has direct fuel injection and makes 400 horsepower. The QX can have rear- or four-wheel drive. The QX, which can seat eight in three rows, counts the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator among its competitors.

New for 2012
The Technology Package adds Blind Spot Intervention and a lane departure mitigation system designed to help the driver bring the SUV back to the middle of its lane. The Deluxe Touring Package now includes a Bose Cabin Surround stereo with 15 speakers. Heated second-row seats and remote tip-up for the second row are now included in the Theater Package.

Exterior
A massive grille adorns the hood, dwarfing the headlights and fog lights. Above the front fenders sit three chrome portals — a styling feature Buick made plenty of hay with awhile back. Alloy wheels measure 20 inches in diameter. Exterior features include:

  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional adaptive headlights with power washers
  • Power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • Available power liftgate
  • Optional 22-inch wheels
  • Optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control

Interior
The QX56's interior sports three-dimensional gauges, a four-spoke steering wheel and gathered leather inserts along the doors. An available rear entertainment system can play two video sources on separate screens.

With captain's chairs in the second row, the QX seats up to seven; a three-seat bench in the second row increases capacity to eight. The captain's chairs tip up to facilitate third-row entry. The third row can power-fold into the floor, and it also has a power-reclining function. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Standard heated steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo with a USB input and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional cooled front seats and heated rear seats

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 5.6-liter V-8
  • 400 hp and 413 pounds-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Available four-wheel-drive system with on-demand automatic mode
  • Available electronic transfer case with high and low ranges

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags and three-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional Around View Monitor
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional lane departure mitigation

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Very luxurious and stylish car I've ever owned

by Pegleg from Griffin, Ga on November 2, 2018

This car is a jaw dropping and show stopping luxury car.. Plenty of leg room and plenty of room for adult size bodies but offer and have so many features.. A well designed and affordable car.. LOVE IT... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome SUV

by Jamie from Salemburg on September 19, 2018

Great car with awesome handling and agility. Roomy 3rd row is great for travel or children. Leather seats are fabulous and real leather not imitation Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 INFINITI QX56 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 INFINITI QX56 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by INFINITI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 model years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain

    72 months/70,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The QX56 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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