Now in it's second generation, the recently revamped Infiniti QX is a full size sport utility that offers a competitive edge over others in the segment with class leading amenities, luxury, and versatility. The new QX56 is no exception to the brand's mission of advanced technology with a spirited soul of performance. This massive utility vehicle offers impressive performance for a vehicle with such large dimensions and mass, following the brand’s racing bred DNA. Although still considered a niche market to some, the buyers in the large sport utility market still demand a vehicle that has ample room for passengers that offers plenty of cargo, which underlines the Infiniti QX original development plan.
Upon entry into the QX, passengers are immediately greeted by luxury amenities that mirror the lavish lifestyles buyers are already accustom to. Supple and smooth leather seats adorn the interior from wall to wall, and even compliment each of the four door inserts. The test vehicle was packaged with enough room to accommodate seven privileged passengers, including two individual captain chairs for the second row. Around the rear, a power liftgate reveals the cargo area that includes a power option to recline the third row seats that collapse completely flat, to allow for additional cargo needs.
Under the hood, a robust V8 enables the 5,878 pound sport utility to get to 60 mph in under 8 seconds, a number that would be impossible for a vehicle this large a decade ago. A quick and direct shifting 8-speed transmission helps underline the smooth drive down the road, and compliments the solid rigidity of it's handling capabilities. For off road adventures, a four- wheel drive option transforms the QX into an all terrain warrior.
The exterior complimented the class of the utility with a handsome Smoky Quartz exterior color that blended properly into the lavish lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale's South Florida surrounding. The up to 8,500 pound towing capability of the QX can also easily accommodate a proper powerboat to cruise down Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterways, which has been noted as America's Venice. The notable expansive cargo area in the rear presents plenty of space to place additional water sport essentials.
The 2013 Infiniti QX56 remains a competitive option to well-known alternatives that include the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes GL. Price as tested was just under $85,000, and includes all the available options available including the Deluxe Touring Package, Theater Package, Wheel and Tire Package, and Technology Package. During mixed city and highway driving the QX returned a rather low 13.7 miles per gallon, yet remains competitive in the segment, especially for a product of this size. The Infiniti QX56 should definitely be a consideration added to the subset of choices when in the market for a full size luxury sport utility.
For more information, visit the QX at Infiniti.com/qx56.