By Cars.com EditorsApril 1, 2010
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From the 2010 New York auto show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2011 Infiniti QX56.
(rock music) <v Announcer>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for cars.com. We're at the New York auto show. Checking out Infinity's redesigned QX 56. This is a full-size three-row luxury SUV.
It's in its second generation down into adopt some of the wispy stylized blinds you also see on the infinity M and the G sedans. I'm not sure how well they translate to a full-size SUV. Some of these elements, like the headlights and the taillights, feel like they sit too low along the beltline for me. They actually sit quite a ways below the beltline. See what you think. I'm never been a huge fan of side vents either. And you get three on each side now above the front fenders. At least these are functional. They're not just decorative. They do poke through a little bit. You can see some parts of the engine on the inside. No such controversy on the inside. The cabin materials are very good. There's a nice kind of modern interpretation here on the old school gathered leather inserts along the doors. There's also leather along the center controls. Nice execution, I think of the wood and chrome around the gear shift. There's a rear entertainment system with screens in each front head restraint. There's also screen here for the navigation system. Infinity says that each of these can play three separate feeds when the car is in park, which means one of your kids can be watching, you know, Hannah Montana video. The other could be watching Twilight DVD and for your own sanity, you would be watching something else upfront. Infinity touts, best in class, second-row room. And that's probably true. I've got a ton of headroom, and legroom and the seats sit nice and high off the ground. So adults aren't going to feel like they're sitting on some low bench. There's a massive center console here. It fits both headphones for these screens, as well as probably as many DVDs as your kids would ever want to throw in here. Getting to the third row, not too difficult a task these seats just tumble forward, like so. But once you're back here, legroom and headroom are similar more to the Cadillac Escalade. It's pretty tight. The seat sits pretty low to the ground. If you're really looking for a bigger third row, the Lincoln Navigator actually has a pretty big one as they go. The available features include a hydraulic body motion control system, which attempts to fight body lean in corners, as well as Infinities around you monitoring system. The direct-injection V8 makes 400 horsepower. It couples with a seven-speed automatic transmission and overall gas mileage should be up to about 15 or 16 miles per gallon, Infinity says. That's a little over 10% better than the outgoing QX, not that great, but it does keep up with the Escalades and the Navigators of the world. Check out the QX when it hits dealerships this summer. Starting prices are going to be in the mid to upper 50 thousands. <v Announcer>For more car-related news, go to cars.com or our blog kicking tires.net.