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Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling for a large SUV
  • Classy, well-equipped interior
  • Limited cargo space




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Infiniti QX56 Overview

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 QX56’s V8 engine is powerful around town and on the highway. The QX56 comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission that reviewers said shifts smoothly. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the 2012 QX56 gets 14/20 mpg city/highway with rear- or four-wheel drive, which is on par for a luxury large SUV. Reviewers wrote that the QX56 feels more agile than other large SUVs, and they added that it has direct, yet light, steering and a smooth ride.

Automotive journalists said that sophisticated styling and excellent materials and build quality give the 2012 Infiniti QX56’s interior a premium feel. They added that the first- and second-row seats in the QX56 are very comfortable, and some thought the third-row seats are spacious enough for adults, which is a rare compliment of third-row seats. The base QX56 seats seven, with two captain's chairs and a console that does not fold flat in the second row. Reviewers said this configuration reduces the QX's cargo flexibility. An available second-row bench seat increases seating capacity to eight and the entire row folds down. The QX56 has a maximum of 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which a bit low for a three-row SUV. The 2012 Infiniti QX56 comes standard with a moonroof, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, a USB input, satellite radio, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, navigation and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, a 15-speaker Bose stereo system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Other SUVs to Consider

Critics praised the 2012 Cadillac Escalade’s plush interior, powerful V8 engine, smooth ride and composed handling. The base Escalade has more cargo space than the QX56, and the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV offers even more cargo space. 

Reviewers said the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has a beautiful, richly appointed interior and car-like handling. The diesel-powered base GL350 gets great fuel economy for the class.

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