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2013 Infiniti QX

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2013 Infiniti QX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

Infiniti built the 2013 QX56 SUV to take on such giants as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. But many of its owners compare it equally with more expensive vehicles such as Land Rover's Range Rover and the Lexus LX. Despite a move toward smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVS, Infiniti knows there will always be a large segment of population that needs seating for eight and an ability to pull a luxury powerboat or horse trailer up to 8,500 pounds. But, what the QX really offers its owners is a rolling showcase for Infiniti's unique take on interior design and its impressive arsenal of technological delights.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to move a large family, but feel you've earned a status in life that won't accommodate a minivan or base model SUV, the 2013 Infiniti QX56 has both the style and the substance to meet your needs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Infiniti's QX56 for 2013 is a big, big vehicle. If you're looking for a luxury SUV that can comfortably hold seven passengers but is a bit easier to maneuver, you might be better suited to the smaller, but still luxurious, Infiniti JX.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.3
  • 6.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.1
  • 5.9
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#23

out of 33

Fuel Economy

#8

out of 34

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.5 out of 10
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2013 Infiniti QX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

For 2013, Infiniti's Moving Object Detection (MOD) is added to the standard Around View monitor. Other upgrades to the 2013 Infiniti XQ56 include auto-dimming outside mirrors and a revised remote control for the available Theatre Package.

Driving the QX
2013 Infiniti QX Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2013 Infiniti QX56 is a smooth, luxurious ride befitting the expectations that you would have of a high-end SUV. Road noise is something you won't have to deal with...

from the cabin. Likewise, you'll hardly notice imperfections in the road itself, thanks to the QX56's fully-independent suspension. The 7-speed automatic transmission is seamless and adds even more refinement to the driving experience. However, we did feel that the QX's steering could be a bit heavier, but we don't believe this will be much of an issue around town.
Favorite Features

OPTIONAL PACKAGES
The 2013 QX56's option packages are specifically tailored to ensure that the right features are included in the right packages. All of them make perfect sense for the right drivers without adding crippling cost (the most expensive package, and possibly the best, is the $4,100 Deluxe Touring Package).

THE INTERIOR EXPERIENCE
The idea of the 2013 QX56 as an "executive jet" for the road really helps everything about the SUV make sense. The interior is a finely crafted suite, and with the smoothness of its ride and quietness of its cabin, the QX56 is an idyllic place to be.

2013 Infiniti QX Details
2013 Infiniti QX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The sheer number of buttons and controls available to each passenger in the 2013 Infiniti QX56 owe their existence to Infiniti's "executive jet" aesthetic philosophy for their big SUV. Taken in context, it actually makes a lot of sense: Seating is spacious even all the way back in the third row, and the seats themselves are certainly posh and comfortable. The gauges are smart looking, and the wood trim pleasantly frames the dashboard.

Exterior
2013 Infiniti QX photo

Infiniti's QX56 for 2013 is noticeably less boxy than the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade, but its high beltline can appear slightly absurd from some angles, especially considering how short the windows and roof look by comparison. The driver-side air vent is actually functional, which is a nice touch considering how out of place it looks on such a big SUV. Available roof racks provide what seems like acres of added storage, although reaching the said space may require a footstool or a very tall companion.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

No one will have any qualms with the standard features of the 2013 Infiniti QX56. Twenty-inch wheels, streaming Bluetooth audio, pushbutton start, tri-zone climate control and an 8-inch touch screen with navigation are just some of the features that the QX56 offers.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 QX56's offers the choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, but its optional packages are where consumers really get to hone the vehicle to their specific needs. The Theater Package gives you two 7-inch color monitors, auxiliary A/V jacks, wireless headphones and remote control. It also offers the option of a bench seat for the second row and 22-inch wheels fitted with all-season tires. The Deluxe Touring Package upgrades the leather inside and adds that new 15-speaker BOSE audio unit. Hydraulic Body Control and Advanced Climate Control also come with the Deluxe Touring Package. The Technology Package offers a host of safety-minded systems, including Intelligent Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, and Distance Control Assist.

Under the Hood
2013 Infiniti QX Engine photo

For 2013, Infiniti continues to offer the QX56 with a beast of a V8. Its 5.6-liter engine makes 400 horsepower and some 413 lb-ft of torque. Both 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive models have Hill Start Assist and Snow Mode to help you get moving when roads are slick. All Season 4-wheel drive operates with a slight rear-bias but constantly adjusts power between front wheels and rear as deemed necessary. All models feature a 7-speed automatic transmission with a "manual" mode and downshift rev-matching.

5.6-liter V8
400 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
413 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2-wheel drive version of the 2013 Infiniti QX56 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $61,650, while 4-wheel drive bumps the MSRP to just under $65,000. A fully loaded QX56 tops out around $76,000. This puts it in the neighborhood of the Mercedes-Benz GL450 and Lexus GX, as well as the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade. Look for the 2013 QX's Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to get a better read of street prices. Resale value of the 2013 QX56 should hold up well over time – past models have out-performed the Navigator and Escalade.

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2013 Infiniti QX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 25 Ratings for the 2010 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

exceed expectations

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great in snow. Very comfy. Sporty look."

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I wanted the Lexus LX SUV. But it starts at $80,000+. I thought the Infinity was a better value around $65,000. Withing a few days I was no longer disappointed I didn't get the Lexus. This was great in a very snowy winter this past year. Never had a problem getting through the snow. Comfortable inside. Kids will confirm even third row is comfy. Great car. Would highly recommend."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Palace on wheels

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,450

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of space, stylish, lots of power, comfortable"

Cons: "Poor to average Gas mileage, larger turning radius"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased this as my 3rd car to travel long distances with my family. This is so far my most comfortable ride equipped with all the power you would ever need. The drive quality is superb and the passengers have enough and more leg room in all the rows of seating (including the 3rd row; where 3 adults can be seated). THis vehicle is wrapped in luxury and high quality parts and features. I decided to get one with a bench in the second row so that I could install a car seat and works very well for me. The gas mileage is what is expected for a vehicle of this size and I am averaging around 14.5 mpg. This maynot be your everyday vehicle due to the gas mileage but would be a good addition and I wouldnot recommend this vehicle if this is going to be your only mode of transportation."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best SUV I've Ever Owned

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Big Engine, Great Styling, Quite Interior, Roomy"

Cons: "Fragile Windshield, Lacks Tire Options on 22's"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The QX56 is easily the finest SUV I've ever owned. I know it's a big SUV, but you would never know it by the way it drives. After almost 80,000 miles in three years it's still great to drive and always gets the job done. I occasionally haul trailers, often put the seats down and load it up for trips to the mountain cabin, and regularly load it up with people. Highway driving is where the technology shines. Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, navigation with traffic, and especially the hydraulic suspension on winding mountain roads (drive with great confidence). I've have only three issues that have been annoying: 1) the windshield is a huge target and stressed in a way that causes any rock hit close to the edge to ruin the glass. I've replaced the windshield 5 times. 2) the front camera is exposed (no lexan cover) and was hit by a rock after 12 months. It can't be repaired only replaced for over $1,000. Needless to say I never replaced it. 3) the Bridgestone tires on 22 inch wheels are one of a kind and hard to get. If you get a flat requiring a single tire replacement, good luck finding one. If you're going to buy a full size luxury SUV there isn't a better value out there. Compared to the QX56 (now QX80) everything else is over priced and under featured."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love, Love, Love this SUV!

By on Friday, October 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious, loaded, HOT!"

Cons: "Thirsty, but I knew that when I bought it! :)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was coveting these and finally took the plunge. So glad I did! With kids and a boat to haul and both my husband and I being tall... it seemed like the perfect vehicle. I "look" for errands to run because I enjoy driving it so much. Very comfortable, very stylish and enjoyable to drive. Kids love it, husband is happy that I am happy... ;)"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

BEST LARGE SVU ON THE ROAD

By on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "ride, style comfort"

Cons: "rear storage when all 3 rows are up."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have owned this car for 2 years now and it has been flawless. Rides so smooth and gets up and goes when you need it. Hauls the boat no problem. (22 ft) Better gas milage on Hwy than advertised. I set the cruise at 75 on the interstate it get 18-19 and if i baby it and 55-60 then i can get 21-22 and that's in the hill country. You wont be disappointed in this SUV. Just the right size. Not to big like the Escalade and not as small as the Lexus or Acura. And the 3rd seat is actually comfortable for an adult."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This vehicle is awesome........

By on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,450

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Luxury Vehicle that can do it all!"

Cons: "Gas Gas Gas!!!! But I cant complain...Lrg SUV"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I recently purchased this vehicle and can not stop gushing. I was able to get fair price on a pre certified QX56 that has all three packages and the 22 inch wheels. This luxury vehicle has the power, speed, handling, and moxy that I value. I would recommend this truck to those that can afford. Those that can't......get it anyway. It is worth it's value and then some."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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