Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2012 Infiniti QX56 4WD

Large and Luxurious SUV

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2012 Infiniti QX56 4WD

In short: A luxurious 21st-century SUV.

Infiniti QX56 4WD Review

While most manufacturers are moving towards small SUVs and crossovers, the sizable, seven-passenger Infiniti QX56 4WD makes a big first impression. Featuring a retro, 20's flair, the luxury SUV looks a bit like an old-school locomotive engine — and has the towing capacity to match. Fitted with a 5.6-liter direct-injected V8 that boasts a beefy 400 horsepower, the QX56 4WD can pull up to 8,500 pounds and sprints from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds — not bad for a vehicle that tips the scale at over two tons.

Inside, rugged features give way to refined styling and a high-tech infotainment system that combines satellite radio with real-time weather and traffic reports. Our tester's theater package added dual 7-inch color monitors with two wireless headphones and wireless remote control, making the Infiniti QX56 4WD perfect for long excursions with the kids.

Related Content:
Infiniti QX80 AWD
Top 10 SUVs
Watch a video of the Infiniti QX56

Warranty/Service: 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $61,800 / As tested: $75,340

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, 4-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 5.6-liter V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift system) and direct injection
Horsepower: 400 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with adaptive shift control and manual shift mode

Curb weight:
4,077 lbs
Wheelbase: 121.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 208.3/79.9/75.8 in
Turning circle: 41.6 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent double-wishbone front and rear

Traction: traction control system; vehicle dynamic control; 4-wheel active brake limited slip; hill start assist, snow and tow modes

0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
Top Speed: 133 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
14 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

dual-stage front airbags with passenger seat occupant detection sensors; roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags with rollover sensor; driver and front passenger side-impact airbags

size; luxe features

Dislikes: size

Check out other Infiniti models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Infiniti website

Photography: AlphaMedia

PNW030612 (Updated: 10/10/13 NW)

The kinds of movies made for foodies, including classics such as Like Water for Chocolate and newer releases like Chef and Ratatouille.

Summer is here! Protect your skin from harmful UV rays all year round with GAYOT's Top 10 Sunscreens.