By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
400 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
413 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
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.
By Jimbo on Friday, November 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love that horse power!"
Cons: "Inconvenience of third row seat belt."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The design is excellent and it's the most comfortable ride we have ever owned. Wish it made a little bit better gas mileage.I do like the horsepower. We do plan on purchasing another vehicle like this in the near future."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Taxi mom on Saturday, August 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Needed is large SUV to haul around six teenage boys plus gear 25 miles to school and back each day. Had an Acura MDX prior but they don't make a large vehicle so had to look around for something else. Checked out the Lexus, but the jump seats in the third row would not do. Suburban? too big, Sequoia? too truck like plus the service departments stink compared to what I had grown accustomed to with Acura (exceptional service), GMC? heard of several issues with things breaking and poor service again, Mercedes? Too expensive plus small inside, Volvo? way too small. So I tried the Infiniti Qx - the big boy I call it. It has a HUGE engine that roars (which is fine) and the interior is high quality and comfort. I can fit all the boys in comfortably for the 45-60 minute ride to school. The service department in town in great - almost as good as Acura. In the four years I have owned it only had an issue with the gas cap and the backup camera, but both were still under warranty so really not a problem. One slightly annoying issue is the heat and air conditioning - never gets warm enough in winter or cold enough in summer despite having it looked at a couple times. Must be a Nissan/Infiniti engineering issue. Last comment is that the value is not holding up very well - could be due to the newer body style released in 2011? I do see many of these on the road in my local area in the past couple years so they seem to be gaining in popularity. Hopefully that will reflect in my trade when I need to upgrade soon. Perhaps Acura will get on the stick and create that large SUV I have been waiting for....."
6 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Otis on Saturday, April 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,500overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort inside"
Cons: "Not a Real Truck or SUV-- Very expensive to operat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"the QX56 is a nice car. The interior is quite nice. The 4 Wheel drive can't handle mud or snow unless driving on a flat straight road. The car seems to have been designed with the interior in mind forgetting functionality. The Back is too high, and you have to lift cargo over a painted and usually scratched bumper. You can not open the rear window and if you need an 8 foot board you have to drive with the door wide open, because they didn't think to give you any way other than the windshield wiper to tie the door shut. There is also a shrill alarm that you can shut off. My car spent the first 45 days I owned in pieces on the dealership floor as the engine needed a significant repair and parts were not available. The car runs noisy and the navigation and other technology is terrible. I am trading mine in at a loss to go buy US Made Real SUV"
8 people out of 12 found this review helpful