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INFINITI QX56

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Discontinued in 2013

The Infiniti QX56 is the relatively rare example of a full-size luxury SUV built with truck-based, body-on-frame engineering. Offered with rear- or four-wheel drive, its platform was derived from the Nissan Armada SUV. It was the first Infiniti built in America, at a manufacturing facility in Canton, Miss. Available in seven- or eight-seat configurations, the QX56 is best suited for buyers with people-hauling and towing needs. Its primary competitors are the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Even though the QX56's name was derived from its 5.6-liter V-8 engine, it was renamed QX80 for the 2014 model year and soldiered on essentially unchanged, including the 5.6-liter engine, until a 2018-model-year restyling.

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2 Generations

QX56 - 2 Generations

2011–2013 QX56

Redesigned in 2011
2011–2013 QX56 Generation, 2013 INFINITI QX56 model shown Showing the 2013 INFINITI QX56

Growing slightly larger and lower, the redesigned QX56 doubled down on its controversial design language for 2011. Gasoline direct injection increased the 5.6-liter V-8's output to 400 horsepower. Combined with better aerodynamics and a new seven-speed automatic transmission, which replaced a five-speed automatic, estimated combined gas mileage improved by 2 mpg. A new, more rigid frame helped reduce vibration and improve ride quality. Production moved to Japan.

  • Current List Price $21,470–$36,978
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 14 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2013
  • 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
  • Current List Price $19,146–$33,542
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 27 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2012
  • 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
  • Current List Price $16,788–$28,736
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 42 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2011
  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Standard 5.6-liter V-8 with direct-injection
  • Available four-wheel drive
  • Seats up to eight
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity
  • Available 360-degree camera view

2004–2010 QX56

Redesigned in 2004
Showing the 2010 INFINITI QX56

The QX56 was hailed for a quiet ride on-road, while its truck-based platform gave the 4WD version respectable off-road capability. With 315 hp from its V-8 engine, the QX56 offered brisk acceleration at the expense of gas mileage. A well-appointed interior was marred by confusing controls and cheap-looking plastic pieces, but that was improved in a 2008 model year refresh.

  • Current List Price $10,798–$23,002
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-15
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $10,358–$20,030
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 4 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-15
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 2009 Model 2009 QX56 Articles
  • Current List Price $6,796–$18,476
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 29 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-15
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 2008 Model 2008 QX56 Articles
  • Current List Price $6,412–$16,636
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 12 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $5,393–$15,521
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-16
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 2006 Model 2006 QX56 Articles
  • Current List Price $4,488–$13,700
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 10 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-16
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $4,874–$12,586
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-16
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2004
  • Full-size dimensions
  • 315-hp V-8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Standard navigation system
  • Optional DVD entertainment system

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