Associate online editor Nate Martinez notes, "Our QX has to be one of the most maneuverable full-size SUVs around. It truly drives like a midsize SUV. The steering is very light (an odd feeling for such a hefty machine), yet is highly responsive and makes for a surprisingly fun drive. The QX's immediate thrust never grows old and is easier to regulate compared with our former FX long-termer. The 14-inch brakes clamp hard, but aren't extremely touchy like the FX's binders. It is amazing how little the QX leans into corners. For such a tall vehicle, it remains relatively flat and poised when engaging bends.

"At the same time, it provides a comfortable and well-mannered ride over a variety of pavements. Compared with the jittery model it replaces, the current QX56 is quiet and civilized."


2011 Infiniti QX56
Months/miles in service 3/9717
Avg econ/CO2 15.4 mpg/1.26 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $192.65 (1-oil change, inspection, rotate tires)
Normal-wear cost $0