With so much stuff standard, Infiniti groups the few options in packages. Base price holds the line from the '10 model, with the RWD version starting at $57,650 and the 4WD version at $60,750, both including destination. Our loaded Platinum Graphite 4WD sampler came with the $5800 Deluxe Touring Package, $2450 Theater Package and $2850 Tech Package, pushing the sticker to $71,850. Second-row bench or captain's chairs with center console is a no-cost option.

A kind of nifty tire pressure system uses the tire pressure monitor to flash the lights and beep the horn when you reach optimum pressure filling the tires at a filling station.

That $2850 Tech Package is of more dubious use, because it gives the driver more opportunity to be more passive about his driving. It includes blind spot detection, the really cool "Around View" camera system, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, radar cruise control and Nissan/Infiniti's lane-departure warning, which sets off an annoying beep when you cross a lane line without signaling. Problem is, the QX56 is so wide and big-shouldered that it's pretty easy to trigger the beeps on narrow lanes, such as on roads under construction. You can turn it off, though.

With $60-70k stickers, it's pretty easy for Infiniti to import the QX56. If demand wanes, the home-market factory can simply adjust Nissan Patrol production. The QX56 is a handsome, distinctive choice in its class, and Infiniti is very confident the segment's sales will remain healthy. We're not so sure of that, however - we've heard that kind of optimism before.


2011 Infiniti QX56
Base Price $57,650-$60,750
Vehicle layout Front-engine, RWD or 4WD, 6- or 7-pass, 4-door SUV
Engines 5.6L/400-hp/413-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Curb weight 5,850 lb (mfr, 4WD)
Wheelbase 121.1 in
Length x width x height 208.3 x 79.9 x 75.8 in
0-60 mph 8.5 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 14/20 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.20 lb/mile (est)
On sale in the U.S. Late July 2010