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Infiniti QX56 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Infiniti QX56

  • The distinctive-looking 2010 Infiniti QX56 hasn't really changed since 2008, but it's still one of the best full-size luxury SUVs available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Plenty of high-tech features, capable V8, spacious seating, impressive towing capacity, decent ride and handling.

  • Cons

    Not as much cargo capacity as some rivals.

  • What's New for 2010

    The Infiniti QX56 stands pat for a second straight year.

Full 2010 Infiniti QX56 Review

What's New for 2010

The Infiniti QX56 stands pat for a second straight year.


The seven- or eight-passenger 2010 Infiniti QX56 is 5,705 pounds of honest truck-based luxury SUV. It's large, its 320-horsepower V8 puts it in charge, and it's got more presence than all those car-based luxury crossovers put together. This full-size luxury SUV also brings the bling, thanks to mirror-finish bodywork and standard 20-inch wheels. Even entering its seventh year of production, the QX56 remains an excellent choice for followers of the "bigger is better" school who want to make a bold vehicular statement.

But the QX56 is about more than just its imposing physical presence and under-hood brawn. There are plenty of techno-geek features inside, including a navigation system with voice activation, real-time traffic updates and a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive that can store thousands of music files for the 12-speaker Bose audio system.

The QX56 is also quite pleasant to drive, with impressively disciplined body motions given its enormity. And should you wish to tow something -- your chrome-hulled speedboat, perhaps -- the QX56 has you covered with a tow rating of up to 9,000 pounds, thanks in part to its tough Nissan Titan pickup truck underpinnings.

If you're considering buying one of these leather-lined behemoths, consider also the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Toyota Sequoia. The latter is relatively spartan in lower trims, but it's similar to the QX56 in concept, and its more luxurious variants are aimed squarely at the Infiniti.

If maximal bling is your thing, it's still tough to top the Escalade. If you appreciate thoughtful German engineering and don't mind a slightly smaller package, the GL-Class should appeal, and it's even available with a fuel-efficient diesel. Nonetheless, the worthy 2010 Infiniti QX56 is one of the best of this outsized breed.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Infiniti QX56 is a full-size luxury SUV available in two- or four-wheel-drive versions with seven-passenger seating. The standard equipment list includes 20-inch chrome wheels, an auto-leveling rear suspension, xenon headlights, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control and separate rear zone controls, leather upholstery, power front seats, second-row fold-flat captain's chairs, a power-folding third-row seat and first- and second-row heated seats.

On the technology front, the QX56 offers keyless entry/ignition and a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic, voice-activated electronic functions, Bluetooth connectivity and a 12-speaker Bose audio system with 9.3GB of built-in digital music storage. 4WD models add standard towing preparation.

Options are limited to a second-row split bench seat (increasing seating capacity to eight), a rear-seat entertainment system, a Technology package with adaptive cruise control and front parking sensors, and a tow package for 2WD models (standard on 4WD).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 QX56 is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 320 hp and 393 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is a five-speed automatic. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and 4WD, with the latter offering low-range gearing for off-road use.

Those 320 horses must be well-fed, as the 5,705-pound QX56 dispatches with the 0-60-mph sprint in a swift 7.3 seconds. Towing capacity is 9,000 pounds on properly equipped 2WD models. In typical large SUV fashion, the QX56 drinks fuel like a dehydrated nomad at an oasis. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 4WD model are 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined (2WD models eke out an additional mile per gallon on the highway).


The 2010 Infiniti QX56 comes standard with antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. In frontal crash tests by the government, the QX56 scored a perfect five stars for driver protection but four stars for the front passenger.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Infiniti QX56's instrument panel and materials are visibly upscale, helping to justify this SUV's mid-$50,000 luxury price tag. Real wood, soft leather and creature comforts abound. The standard rear seating layout consists of second-row captain's chairs with a removable center console and a power fold-flat third-row bench. A flat-folding second-row 40/20/40 split bench seat is optional for those who would rather be able to carry an extra passenger. The QX56 provides 97 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity -- more than the GL-Class but less than the Escalade and Sequoia.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Infiniti QX56 piles on speed effortlessly thanks to its smooth and powerful V8. Gearchanges are seamless, yet the transmission downshifts quickly when necessary. The fully independent suspension provides a supple ride and reasonably confident handling for a vehicle approaching 3 tons.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

Great value for the price

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Recently bought a used 2010 Q56 with 10K miles on it. It is basically brand new. The 2011 is awesome but the older model now is a great buy if interested. Great comfort, technology options, fun to drive, solid SUV for my 2 boys and all their friends too. The Q56 was $10K-$15K cheaper than the Cadillac and Sequoia at 35K+ miles. The Q56 was super close in bling, comfort, technology, performance and gas mileage. The 2nd row buckets and 3rd row bench is much better than the Caddy. If you are looking for a great SUV that in my opinion equals GM, Toyota, Lexus but costs much less check this SUV out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Best purchase ever

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Bought this vehicle after owning a Rav4.Wanted a bigger and safer ride for my 2 boys and I found it on this one. The captain's chair plus the DVD make the ride for them so comfortable and smooth for myself.To much tech and luxury for the prize compare to other SUV's out there and with the powerful engine all I need next to buy is a boat and I'm set. Owned Toyotas for my whole life but this is definitely the best buy I ever made.Maybe in a year or two I will trade it for the new 2011 out there 'cause I really love these vehicle for the prize I ended up paying.

Trust me don't do it

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Have owned them all. Landcruiser, Suburban, LX 560. Infinti is supposedly great build quality. This could be the worst car I have ever owned. Great features which supports why we bought it but the finish quality is horrific not to mention the ride quality. If i were at it again, sacrifice the captains chairs in the second row and consider a on year old Lexus or land cruiser. Even Cadillac would be better. Inf/Nissan can't build large SUV or trucks to save their lives

Best luxury suv value- outstanding

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

I have only had this vehicle for 3 months and 6000 miles but I am very happy with my purchase. The ride is smooth and quiet, seats are very supportive and comfortable, plenty of room and cargo space, and the kids love it as well. Engine is smooth and powerful. Some body lean is noticed in tight turns but it's not a sports sedan. Our gas mileage, ave about 15 mpg, is about what you would expect from a large SUV. Loaded with tech features. Considering the terrific incentives and compared to the other SUVs I test drove and considered prior to making purchase (Cadillac Escalade, MB GL, Lincoln Nav) the QX56 was an easy choice. It is easily the best value luxury SUV available right now.

Qx56 - best bang for

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

Bought this vehicle after owning an FX35 and then G37. Great vehicle and best bang for the buck compared to other luxury vehicles. Wanted bigger and something safer after having a baby. This is definitely a great vehicle to have with a growing family! Miss the FX, but love the QX

Love this suv!

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti QX56 4dr SUV (5.6L 8cyl 5A)

3-time Escalade owner ,talked my husband into checking out the QX b/c I didn't want another GM vehicle. What a nice surprise. The value of getting this car nearly fully loaded as the base model for at least $10K less than the '09 and $15-20K less than the '10 Escalade would have been enough reason, but the car is just impressive. The base model is loaded... VERY well appointed. It's a beautiful vehicle with a masculine stately presence. My hubby, a die-hard Escalade lover, is a convert! This is the best kept secret out there. No buyers remorse here - love, love, love this SUV!

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