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2012 Infiniti QX56 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Infiniti QX56 was new.


Interior: 8.1

Reviewers are impressed with the interior of the 2012 Infiniti QX56. They report that all rows of seats are comfortable, even the third row. The cabin lives up to its luxury price tag, as well as Infiniti’s claim that it was modeled after an executive jet. Most critics are also impressed with the long list of standard and optional high-tech features, saying that the QX56 has one of the nicest interiors in the class.

  • "The idea of the 2012 QX56 as an ‘executive jet’ for the road really helps everything about the SUV make sense. The interior is a finely crafted suite, and with the smoothness of its ride and quietness of its cabin, the QX56 is an idyllic place to be.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Fine material and assembly quality. Soft leathers and tasteful detailing create an appropriately classy vibe.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "We can say that should you ever find yourself fortunate enough to be skimming the skies in a multimillion-dollar airliner, we hope the cabin is as nice as what you find in the new Infiniti bruiser.” -- Autoblog
  • "Everything inside the Infiniti cabin is writ large: the seats, the consoles, the door handles, the center stack of instruments, the knobs and buttons and switches: nothing here is diminutive, as you might imagine, but all these disparate elements are brought together into a surprisingly cohesive whole.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "I will admit, for hauling people and/or stuff, the QX56 does a great job.” -- Motor Trend


The 2012 Infiniti QX56 can seat up to eight people in three rows, though seating for seven is standard. The QX56 comes standard with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, both of which are heated and covered in leather. Reviewers are nearly unanimous in saying that the Infiniti QX56’s seats are comfortable and roomy, even in the reclining third row. 

  • "The … Infiniti QX56 interior is awash in the sort of creamy, soft-touch, carefully wrapped leather and precisely molded plastics and glossy wood trim that you might indeed find inside an executive jet.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Seating is spacious even all the way back in the third row, and the seats themselves are certainly posh and comfortable.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats are very comfortable and there's lots of legroom for second-row riders. Acres of glass make everything feel bright and airy, and we like that the dashboard is low. Forward visibility is very good, although the entry-assist handle on the A-pillar is a little too close for comfort." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you have really tall kids, or kids old enough that they should have left home years ago, you'll appreciate the ample second-row legroom, which Infiniti claims is best in class.” -- Motor Trend
  • "Occupants ride high on wide, supportive seats with ample headroom. Wide armrests add to long-haul comfort. The pedals are not adjustable, and some testers find them too far forward, which compromises seating position and knee room a bit.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2012 Infiniti QX56 comes very well-equipped, even for a luxury large SUV. Standard features include tri-zone climate control, a Bose premium audio system, a hard drive-based navigation system with real time traffic information and a 360-degree exterior camera. 

While most reviewers say all of the technology works fine, a few complain that the controls are tough to learn. Otherwise, reviewers say the interior is particularly attractive and high-tech.

  • "Most controls have a similar arrangement to Infiniti's G-series midsize cars, and that's basically a good thing. Most functions are intuitive and clearly marked.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The gauges are smart looking, and the wood trim pleasantly frames the dashboard.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You won't find any design-shockers on the dash, but everything is easy to access and the controls don't require a computer science degree to navigate.” -- Autoblog


The 2012 Infiniti QX56 has more cargo space than most in its class, despite its shorter wheelbase. Behind the third-row seat, there is 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, but folding the third row frees up 49.6 cubic feet of space. With both the second and third rows folded, the QX56 has 95.1 cubic feet of space. A major plus is that the seats are easy to fold, making access to all that space a snap, although test drivers note that the QX56’s high load floor might make it hard to lift heavy objects inside. Reviewers are also impressed with the small-item storage, which includes large consoles for both the first and second rows.

  • "Wondering how you're going to get that new five-piece Ikea bedroom set home? Drop the second row too and you'll find space for all of it. See? The QX can be rational too.” -- Motor Trend
  • “If you often haul large items, steer clear of the available 2nd row buckets. The large console that comes with the buckets remains several inches above the load floor when all seats are folded, resulting in a fairly large obstruction.” -- Consumer Guide

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