Infiniti believes, like most of us in Texas, that there is a place in society for the full sized SUV. Arguably, the segment has narrowed somewhat, but Infiniti has put the new QX56 right out front as one of the best.

The QX56 is no longer built on the Armada chassis, it is now a offshoot of the worldly Nissan Patrol. The styling shows a little of the Patrol influence, but it ends there.

The real story of the QX56 is the interior. I can’t remember driving a more comfortable or quiet SUV. Infiniti’s use of burled wood and metallic trim along with a beautifully styled instrument cluster looks classy

There is only one engine option on the QX56. A 400 horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 that is mated to a seven-speed automatic with all wheel drive. It has plenty of power and fuel economy is pretty good for a vehicle this big. I went on a 600 mile trip last week and got 19.2 mpg, even carrying a load. The air assisted suspension is very good at keeping this 3 ton monster under control. Infiniti calls it Hydraulic Body Motion Control. It uses air pressure to stiffen one side or the other side of the suspension to cancel out body lean on turns. Along with the Automatic Leveling System, it gives the QX56 its 8500 pound tow rating.

The big QX is loaded with creature comforts. Its big front seats are heated and cooled, the second row has heated seats, and the third row of seats, although small, fold down with the push of a button. Of course, the QX has a power tailgate. Goodies such as Hard drive based NAV, DVD video and audio, 22-inch wheels; power moonroof; Bluetooth, USP and Mp3 connections, a 110V power plug, pushbutton start, and a superb Infiniti sound system. Suffice it to say that this baby is l-o-a-d-e-d.

When a full size Luxury SUV is what you need, the Infiniti QX56 is worth a long look.


Style: Full Size SUV

Engine: 400HP 5.6 Liter V8

Transmission: 7 Spd AT

Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 14/20

Trim Designations: Loaded and More Loaded

Base Price: $61,800 As Tested: $75,340

What I Liked: Cupholders and power plugs everywhere. Fantastic seats.

What I Would Change: How about a Diesel?

Star Rating: 1-5 My take is: 4.2