San Francisco: Based
on the same platform as Nissanís Titan pickup truck, the huge Infiniti
QX56 offers luxury on a grand scale with room for eight people and lots
of standard amenities. Leather seats, a navigation system and a
rear-view camera are just a few of the luxuries that come standard on
You know you drive a
big SUV when it comes standard with a rear-view camera. Infinitiís
yacht-size luxury SUV, the QX56, comes from the factory with a fish-eye
camera mounted above the license plate on the rear bumper to eliminate a
big blind spot when backing up.
Itís a great safety
feature that helps the driver avoid hazards that they wouldnít otherwise
be able to see out the back window Ė things like kids on tricycles,
animals, or anything else that shouldnít get squished Ė by lighting up a
video screen on the dash that doubles as a navigation system. And the
fact that the back-up camera comes standard shows how big Ė and I mean
absolutely, breathtakingly huge Ė this SUV is.
If it fell through the
atmosphere, it could have wiped out the dinosaurs. Its back seat could
be a contender for hosting the 2012 Olympics. Its glove box could be
declared a natural habitat for condors. Itís that really freakiní big.
All this space is
perfect for hauling lots of people and their stuff on long highway
trips. In the first- and second-row seats, thereís plenty of room to
stretch out and relax, and even the third-row seat isnít too shabby.
Itís like the whole cabin was designed for NFL linemen.
But size isnít all that
matters. In the competitive world of high-end SUVs, it also takes a
cabin full of gizmos and quality materials to stay on top. The QX
Thereís very little
cheap-feeling plastic inside, as most surfaces are covered either in
leather, wood or soft-touch rubber. The carpet is thick, the seats are
soft and comfortable, and the wood trim is classy.
include heated, power-adjustable seats in the first and second rows,
three-zone climate control (driver, passenger and rear), four 12-volt
power outlets, a navigation system, 12 cup holders, a Bose stereo, power
everything, and adjustable pedals for the driver. It lacks nothing in
the comfort department.
luxury, you can add a DVD player ($1,600), intelligent cruise control
($800), satellite radio from either XM or Sirius ($400), and a power
sunroof ($1,200). A fully-loaded QX56 compares favorably with other
full-size luxury SUVs, like the Cadillac Escalade EXT, Lincoln Navigator
and others from import brands. It also has good performance Ė at least
for such a big vehicle.
It has a big, 5.6-liter
V8 that makes 315 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque, enough to
tow up to 9,000 pounds with the right equipment. Power is routed through
a five-speed automatic transmission.
The QX has a remarkably
silky ride on the highway, making potholes and bumps feel like theyíre
almost nonexistent. On the downside, it definitely shows its mass in
corners as the body rolls and wallows.
Worst of all, in an era
where $3 gas is the norm, it gets only 13 miles per gallon in town and
19 on the highway. That might not be much of a consideration for people
who have over $50,000 to plunk down on a luxury vehicle, but it
certainly doesnít help matters.
All in all, the QX is a
great vehicle for people who want lots of standard features, a
comfortable ride, and room for eight big folks. Itís luxury on a grand
What was tested? The
2006 Infiniti QX56 AWD with a base price of $50,400. Options: XM
Satellite Radio ($400), sunroof ($1,200), DVD player ($1,600). Total
(including $680 destination charge): $54,280.
Why buy it? Itís huge,
quiet, comfortable and smooth riding for such a big vehicle. And it also
performs well for its size. By
Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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