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The Redesigned 2011 Infiniti QX56 Larger Size and Worth the Wait

photo Russell Dandridge

photo Russell Dandridge

It’s a luxury SUV and made from the same ilk as the competition. Indeed, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a competitor with the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes GL550 or the Lexus LX 570. So what to choose?


With a large V8 and solid driving capabilities this 2011 Infiniti is definitely a good choice for any larger family with above average cargo needs. The exception is that it’s a bit too small in the third row seat, which might make the passengers in the very rear of the vehicle feel a little tight.

Having been redesigned for 2011, this is still Infiniti’s largest size offering, but handling is worth a mention and so is the better gas mileage — even in this beast.

With 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway, the trim levels in all hold up to eight passengers and you can get it in a 4WD option too. If 4WD is not your speed then the rear-wheel drive is available with 20-inch alloy wheels, a Class IV trailer hitch, automatic bi-xenon headlights, foglights, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, running boards, roof rails, a sunroof, tinted rear windows, a power liftgate and rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a top-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, a power-folding third-row bench seat and a power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel.

You definitely get your monies worth on this one.

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound feet of torque and a seven-speed automatic transmission. When equipped for it the QX can tow as much as 8,500 pounds with the help of a tow/haul mode for the transmission and an automatic-leveling rear suspension.

The interior is stunning and when you get inside you might not want to leave. Top of the line materials are used on this one with lots of leather and wood trim for ultimate comfort and styling.

Easy to look good in, get on the highway in and when equipped with the optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control system more than easy to take the corners in while driving, the Infiniti QX56 offers a little more than expected and then some. This year’s revamp also makes sure there are plenty of extras like lots of pocket space and cupholders and plenty of attitude while taking the road.

Need to Know: Take note on this new design of the feature called an optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control system. It uses shock absorbers that are connected to brake dive and acceleration.

Out of Pocket: I drove the QX56 4WD that came in at a price tag of $72,240.


  1. jonty says:

    Pricing of the car is quite affordable when compared to escalade and has better driving capabilities than it as well.

  2. Andre Rod says:

    What a beautiful car. And in that gray? Drop dead gorgeous.

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