INFINITI QX56

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INFINITI QX56


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.

QX56 – 2 Generations

  • 2011–13
  • 2004–10
  • 2011–13
  • 2004–10
Latest generation

2011–13 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, whi

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  • MSRP range$60,750–$64,450
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 16
  • Body style SUV
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

Previous generation

2004–10 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 con

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  • MSRP range$56,700–$59,800
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 14
  • Body style SUV

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