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2009 Infiniti QX56 Review

The 2009 Infiniti QX56 is a competent 2009 large SUV with ample power and good handling whose price is less than many rivals, but it lacks the attention to detail and overall refinement to hang with the segment’s heavy hitters.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine and composed handling
  • Good towing capacity
  • Roomy, comfortable interior
  • Less cargo space than some key rivals
  • Bulky exterior styling




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Infiniti QX56 Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2009 QX56’s strong engine and composed handling, but noted that it falls short of many of its competitors with a lackluster exterior design. The QX56 received some interior enhancements in 2008, but that aside, it didn’t change much since it debuted in 2004. As a result, you may be able to save some money by shopping for an older model.

The QX56 is powered by a 320-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 that reviewers said provides plenty of thrust, and pairs nicely with the QX56’s composed handling. Both rear- and four-wheel drive are available, and fuel economy, though low, isn’t terrible for the class. A rear-wheel drive QX56 gets 12/18 mpg city/highway, while 4x4 models do just slightly worse. The QX56 can tow up to 9,000 pounds, which is good for the class. Cargo capacity, at 97.1 cubic feet, is less than some key rivals’, though testers appreciated the standard power-folding third-row seat, which makes expanding cargo space easy.

Inside, reviewers said the standard leather seats were comfortable, with the exception of the third row, which they thought was cramped. With an available second-row bench seat, the QX56 can seat up to eight people. Standard features are plentiful, and include a Bose stereo, navigation, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a heated steering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, a backup camera and parking sensors. Optional features when it was new include adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the QX56, you may also like the 2009 Lincoln Navigator. The Navigator has one of the most spacious interiors in the class, and like the QX56, it also has a commendable towing capacity. Its fuel economy rating is slightly better than the QX56’s, though reviewers weren’t enthusiastic about its performance. Both the QX56 and Navigator tend to be priced less than their competitors.

Another alternative worth considering is the 2009 Cadillac Escalade. Critics liked the Escalade’s powerful engine and its spacious interior.

Compare the QX56 to the Navigator and Escalade »

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