Thank goodness. Finally, I really like the 2011 Infiniti QX56 full-sized SUV. In the past when I have driven one, the suspension was so soft I just hated it. But thankfully, that has been addressed and clearly this new edition for 2011 really rides and handles well. Not too firm, but certainly no longer too soft.
Before I get off the suspension and ride aspect, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 has a body-control system that is REALLY cool and feeds hydraulic fluid from shock to shock as needed to control sway and dip. I’ve only seen this on expensive Audi products in the past.
The new 2011 is actually slightly longer in overall length, but substantially shorter in overall height, make this big SUV appear to be sleeker and less mammoth. My test vehicle had upgraded 22” wheels, which as you know I love, and although the change to the 2011 doesn’t jump out at you, you do notice something is different right off the bat.
Interior wise, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 is as nice as anything I’ve ever driven. The light tan interior would probably be hard to keep clean, but it is striking to look at. The wood accents inside set it off. There are 4 captain chairs as standard and a third row seat for seating 7 to 8 passengers. The third row seat is a bit cramped for adults, but the extra room was given to the first and second row passengers.
Under the hood is a 5.6-liter V8 that produces a hefty 400-horses, much improved from the old engine that was rated at 320-horses and was woefully underpowered. Gearing was done spectacularly with a 7-Speed automatic transmission that gives you amazing acceleration on what I call the Queen QX due to its size. This is a big SUV.
My test vehicle was super loaded with a great sound system, DVD player, heated first and second row seating, cooled front seats, and a TERRIFIC navigation system. The 2011 Infiniti QX56 has the best backup camera system I have ever seen giving you various angles and an overhead view that for the life of me, I can’t figure out how it works.
From a safety standpoint, if you wreck this thing it is because you went to sleep at the wheel. It beeps when you stray out of your lane, it beeps when you are approaching something too fast, it tells you if there is a car in your blind spot, it beeps when you are about to back into something. Also it has adaptive cruise control which keeps the distance between you and the car in front of you always the same. The vehicle will speed up or slow down as needed, all by itself.
If you want all the toys, it will cost you. Although the base price is under $60,000, the Theater Package is $2450, the Technology Package is $2850, and the Deluxe Touring Package is $5800.
The 2011 QX56 is pure luxury and now, it drives and rides great. Hats off to Nissan for making this thing REALLY nice and not just an upgraded Armada like older versions of the QX.
What I liked most: Interior and ride/drive enhancements.
What I would change if I could: Nothing I can think of, seriously.
MSRP as tested: $72,240
Fuel Economy: 14 in town, 20 highway, I got slightly better on the highway.
The Infiniti QX56 coupe in a few words: The first SUV that might get me out of my Escalade.