This is a luxury cruiseliner on wheels. I have 77K on this car in 3 years because we would rather drive in this machine. The only problem we had was they did not make the brakes powerful enough when they first produced it, but Infiniti stepped up in a big way and not only replaced the brakes, but also paid for all of my factory services for the first 30K miles in a gesture of goodwill. They literally sent me a check for over $500. Gotta love a company that stands behind their product. The kids love this thing and we have taken 2-3 hour trips with this thing with 7 adults and no complaints of discomfort. This vehicle is the ultimate in comfort.
V8 has tremendous power. It's as comfortable and easy to drive at 90 MPH as it is at 30 MPH. Nav system is awesome, the rear camera is the best, and the laser guided cruise control is nice if you learn how/when to use it. Good DVD system. Lots of convenient storage compartments.
The air vents have malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. Some of the other plastic parts are not the best quality and rattle occasionally, but the rattles never linger.
After 30 months of hard South Florida driving, my QX56 is still going strong! I'm averaging 15 mpg per fill-up with premium fuel. I've had no mechanical problems and the vehicles handling and brakes have allowed me to avoid several potential accidents. For the money, I can't believe that this SUV doesn't rank higher on everyone's list. Most people have not been inside a QX56 nor have they driven one but every time someone new gets inside my vehicle, it's all compliments. For those who are shopping SUVs, reward yourself and check out the value of the QX56.
Vehicle has performed well, and for a 2004 model, has some superior qualities, like rear view camera, and front radar that controls the vehicle speed while using cruise control. Plenty of size and comfort for any taste, it handles well in adverse Midwest weather, and for a large SUV earns respectable 16 mpg mileage. Overall I would seriously consider buying another version of this vehicle when I replace this one.
With nearly 25,000 miles per year, and most on cruise control on the highway my favorite feature is the radar that controls the ebb and flow of speed when traffic slows or speeds up in front of me. It is awesome!
Although I can easily navigate them now, the front controls for various vehicle functions are poorly conceived, and too often, seat belts in a luxury automobile/truck like the QX 56 do not properly pull back to their original location, but instead hang down and get stuck in the closing door.
Definitely better value/fun quotient over Escalade and Navigator, better new car price too. This is one of those "no brainer" buying decisions. After 2+ years and 45,000 miles would definitely do it again!
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