Expert review written by the Kelley Blue Book vehicle review editorial team.
The 2013 Infiniti QX56 is more than just another big luxury SUV. Its expressive styling and alluring interior appeals to those with a penchant for the dramatic, while its long list of standard and available equipment put it on the cutting edge of technological innovation.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
OPTIONAL PACKAGESThe 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 EXPERIENCEThe 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.
Under the Hood
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 V8400 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm413 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
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.