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2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV

2012 Infiniti QX56 Review

(0 Stars)  A burly but luxurious SUV.

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Overview
After a complete redesign in 2011, the QX56 remains basically untouched for 2012. A few options packages were rejiggered, but that's about it. Maybe that's not a bad thing, though. Built on a completely new platform, the 2011 QX56 experienced strong sales numbers and good reviews, and rightfully so. The new QX56 is better-looking and more rugged. It gets 14-percent-better gas mileage than the previous generation QX56 -- although fuel economy is still nothing to write home about. A vehicle that weighs nearly three tons needs a lot of power under the hood, and Infiniti's 5.6-liter V-8 smoothly pumps out 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, dispensing it to the rear wheels or all four via a seven-speed automatic transmission. This SUV can easily move up to eight passengers in leather-lined luxury, and it tows up to 8500 pounds. The interior is a sybarite's delight, and yet it doesn't overwhelm the driver with highly complex controls. If you regularly travel with more than four passengers, you may want to get the second-row bench seat rather than the two captain's chairs (a third row is standard). The captain's chairs, and the center console between them, make it more difficult to convert the QX to max-cargo mode. The QX drives well for a big beast. The ride and the handling are much better now that the QX has been designed as an SUV rather than being built off a modified pickup-truck platform. It glides over bumps and transmits only the slightest nudge to riders in the cabin. In the QX56, the outside world barely intrudes.

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2012 QX56 Base Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.6L V eight-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 416 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
26.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 400 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 413 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'12 Infiniti SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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