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2013 Infiniti QX56 Review

The 2013 Infiniti QX56 has an upscale cabin and exceptional performance. Its reliability score – while average for the industry – is lower than many competitors’ and pulls the Infiniti’s ranking to the middle of the class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Good maneuverability for a large SUV
  • Very upscale cabin
  • Cramped third row
  • Below-average reliability for the class




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Infiniti QX56 Overview

Is the 2013 Infiniti QX56 a Good Used SUV?

A used Infiniti QX56 is a good luxury large SUV that’s more than worth your consideration. It’s one of the sharpest-handling and quickest SUVs in the class. It also features a high-end and high-tech cabin that includes standard navigation and a 360-degree parking camera.

Used 2013 Infiniti QX56 Performance and Interior

The QX56’s brawny 400-horsepower V8 engine can move the bulky SUV quickly and effortlessly down the highway. It comes standard with a smooth and quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The QX56’s EPA-estimated fuel economy is on par with its rivals: 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The QX56 has an above-average tow rating of 8,500 pounds. This is a big SUV, but it doesn’t feel like one on winding roads. It also has light, responsive steering and a cushioned ride. 

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Inside, the Infiniti QX56 features high-end materials and handsome trim work that includes  leather and real wood. There are three rows and standard seating for seven – eight with the available second-row bench seat. First- and second-row passengers enjoy comfortable, spacious seats. The third row has just enough space to accommodate kids, which is a common issue among three-row SUVs. You can install up to four car seats. The second row has upper and lower LATCH connectors, and the middle seat has an upper tether anchor. A third-row outboard seat also has an upper tether anchor. The QX56 has 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a good for the class.  

Standard features include push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, a USB port, and a 13-speaker Bose stereo.

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Used 2013 Infiniti QX56 Prices

The average price paid for a 2013 QX56 ranges from nearly $32,600 for the rear-wheel-drive model up to about $34,900 for the four-wheel-drive model. However, the price you pay varies depending on the SUV’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Infiniti QX56?

The Infiniti QX56 earns three out of five for reliability from J.D. Power. That’s average for the industry, but most rivals earn higher ratings.

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How Safe Is the QX56?

As with many luxury large SUVs, the Infiniti QX56 wasn’t crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The QX56 offers a good number of active safety features. It comes with front and rear parking sensors as well as Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to create a 360-degree view of the SUV’s surroundings. The QX56 is available with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

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Is the 2013 QX56 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The Infiniti QX56 is a part of a generation that started with the 2010 model.  It was renamed the QX80 in 2014. You may want to consider a 2011 or 2012 QX56 instead. They’ll likely save you money and are nearly indistinguishable from the 2013 model, in terms of features and styling.

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Which Used Infiniti QX56 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Infiniti QX56 has just one trim. It comes standard with a moonroof, a power liftgate, keyless access, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, a USB port, and a 13-speaker Bose stereo.

The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Infiniti QX56 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti QX56 or 2013 Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX is a top performer in our class rankings, so it’s no surprise that it’s a better option than the QX56. The LX is the only SUV in the class with a perfect reliability rating. It also offers a composed ride and can tackle off-road excursions and craggy terrain with its standard four-wheel drive. The interior is luxurious and features an easy-to-use infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti QX56 or 2013 Infiniti Mercedes GL-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, like the QX56, offers sharp handling and a smooth ride for an SUV. However, the GL350 has the advantage of standard all-wheel drive. While the QX56’s base engine is stronger, the GL350 comes with a turbodiesel V6 that earns excellent fuel economy estimates. And if you need more power, a potent 429-horsepower, turbocharged V8 is available.

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