This summer we had another great test drive opportunity, this time for a beautiful luxury SUV, the Infiniti QX56. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located here in Middle Tennessee and I’ve worked with them in the past on Nissan reviews, but this was my first time behind the wheel of an Infiniti, which they also manufacture.
Let’s not dance around the price, the QX56 is in the high dollar luxury range, but this vehicle delivers on every front, from performance to design to safety. Not to harp in on exterior beauty, but the QX56 is one incredibly beautiful vehicle. I nicknamed it “the post beast” as it’s luxurious, certainly the most luxurious vehicle this suburban soccer mom has ever had the pleasure of driving, and it’s big. It made my regular SUV look tiny in comparison in our driveway. From the soft, plush leather interior to the gorgeous exterior, this is a vehicle that can do it all, and looks good while doing it. I briefly contemplated camping out in it.
Now I’ve been wanting to test drive a three-row SUV for a while. With “only” two kids it’s not really a practical decision for our family, but I was pleased with how roomy the QX56 was without feeling too cavernous. My girls eagerly clambered into the third row to test out the view of the built-in DVD 7-inch screens in the back of the front-row seats (part of the theater package.) Each row of seats has its own climate control, too, which wasn’t surprising since the QX56 is made for comfort. The large storage unit between the second-row seats holds ample DVDs, as well as the wireless headphones and remote control for the DVD player. A Bose 13-speaker premium audio system comes standard with every QX56.
Hellooooo back there in the third row!
As far as driving and maneuvering, I found the Infiniti QX56 easy to drive, although it definitely felt larger than anything I’m used to driving. Still, it handled well in our neighborhood and on the interstate. The V8 engine in the Infiniti QX56 is powerful, yet quiet. I did feel a tad small behind the driver’s seat (I’m barely 5 ft. 2 inches tall), but the GPS and parking guidance cameras helped boost my driver’s confidence.
As far as safety features for your family, the Infiniti QX56 has layers of safety, literally. From the Blind Spot Warning System to Intelligent Brake Assist, the Infiniti QX56 is designed to help you avoid a collision and, if you are in one, to help you avoid injury.
Storage space is beyond ample, especially when the third row of seats are not in use. The seats lower with the touch of a button, so there are no complicated levers to pull or yank.
When the third row of seats is being used, there is still ample room for groceries and gear, especially in the large hidden storage area.
I can’t help but fantasize about how fantastic the QX56 would be to drive on a long family road trip. Both the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat are heated and have lumbar support. Satellite radio and XM Nav Traffic and XM NavWeather are also standard on every QX56.
If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV, the Infiniti QX56 definitely stands in a class by itself.
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