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.
Off-Road vehicles include four-wheel-drive SUVs and pickup trucks with the extra feature of a dual-range transfer case or dedicated crawl mode for extreme off-road driving. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.
Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.
Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.
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Editor’s note: This review was written in January 2012 about the 2012 Infiniti QX56. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2013, click here,... Read more
The 2012 Infiniti QX56 pulled off a nearly impossible feat during a family drive to the Rocky Mountains: My husband and I had a rare adult conversation in the first row while our ... Read more
There aren’t many big SUVs I would want to drive daily, but a week with my family in the 2012 Infiniti QX56 might have changed my mind. I can definitively say that I would like to ... Read more