Urban Adventures in the Infiniti QX
The Infiniti QX 56 is a full-size crossover SUV that excels in terms of interior space, towing capacity and luxury appointments. Although it’s a great recreational vehicle, it’s not designed for off-road adventuring but it’ll easily fit a large family comfortably or tow a boat to the lake or ocean. It’s also got a good array of high-tech features like climate control, parking assist and rear-seat DVD screens.
Buyers who enjoy this vehicle are those who need the eight-seat capacity and powerful V8 engine which can achieve an impressive 8,500-pound towing capacity. Those who can compromise on the space, however, might like to scale back and look at one of the smaller luxury crossovers.
The QX was redesigned in 2011 to smooth of wrinkles from previous generations, adding luxury feature after luxury features, particularly on the interior, but not without ensuring it established quite a presence on the road. 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights and a moulded bonnet make the QX quite a force to be reckoned with.
The QX 56 has many standard luxury features, which account for its popularity in the luxury SUV sector. Intelligent Key with push button, leather-appointed seats, two seven-inch colour monitors in the rear, top-view camera system and tri-zone climate control are just some standard appointments. Options are available for luxury upgrade, including Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, 13-speaker Bose® audio, and leather wrapping on the steering wheel.
The engine is a 5.6-litre V8 that produces 400 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 413 pound of torque. It has electric 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and driver-adaptive learning that senses a driver’s style and adjusts shifting accordingly. All-mode four-wheel drive with computer controlled transfer offers settings in Auto, 4H and 4L.
In a vehicle of this size, particularly one that will transport children, a primary concern is safety. Hence within the long list of safety specifications in the Infiniti QX 56, the majority are standard. The Advanced Airbag System has dual stage front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, while driver and front-passenger front seat-mounted side-impact air bags are supplemental, and curtain side-impact air bags are mounted in the roof. Zone Body construction means the passenger compartment is reinforced and there are front and rear crumple zones. Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Anti-lock Braking systems assist with emergency braking.
The Infiniti QX has been described as a crossover SUV with “unreal power and living-room like comfort”, not a practical choice but one that’s luxurious and expansive; good for big families with exclusive taste. Continue searching to find the model line-up of this luxury crossover SUV.
Harriet has been a car enthusiast for several years. She first started writing about cars in 1990 when she moved to London to be a freelance journalist.