2013 Infiniti QX56 Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 26, 2013
  • Moving Objection Detection (MOD) added to the standard Around View Monitor
  • New standard auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Upgraded remote control and interface added to the Theater package
  • New Smoky Quartz exterior color (replaces Mountain Sage)
  • All 2013 Infiniti vehicles come with Infiniti Personal Assistant--a live 24/7 personal concierge service--free for the first 4 years of ownership


The Infiniti QX was introduced in 1996 as a mid-size luxury SUV, based on the Nissan Pathfinder, and was intended to compete with the Acura SLX and the Lexus LX 450. Now in its third generation, the QX--now named QX56--is considerably larger than the original version. It shares a platform with the Nissan Patrol (not available in the United States), and has more luxury features, a more powerful engine, and greater towing capacity than the Patrol. In terms of market position, it is similar to the Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator. The 2013 Infiniti QX56 is available in 2-wheel (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD).

Exterior Features

The Infiniti QX56 last underwent a major redesign for the 2011 model year, and the latest model has new high-tech convenience and safety features. Standard exterior features include automatic HID bi-functional xenon headlamps; fog lights; under-radiator skid plates; body-color running boards; power tinted moonroof with one-touch operation; power rear liftgate; roof rails; rear privacy glass; remote key-fob operation of windows; auto-dimming, power-folding, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy lights, and reverse tilt-down feature; front windshield wiper deicer; rear-window wiper and defogger with timer; and integrated Class IV tow hitch. Towing capacity is 8,500 pounds. Standard wheels are 20-inch, forged 7-spoke aluminum alloy with 275/60R20 all-season tires; optional are 22-inch, 9-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/50R22 all-season tires. The QX56 comes in a single trim, with many option packages and individual add-ons.

Interior Features

Standard interior features on the 2013 Infiniti QX56 include a tri-zone automatic temperature control system with micro-filter, power windows and locks, and push-button ignition. Nine cupholders and four bottle holders accommodate driver's and passengers' needs; front- and second-row consoles offer extra storage space. Leather-trimmed seating includes a 10-way power driver's seat and an 8-way power front passenger seat, and the front seats are heated. The intelligent keys include a dual-occupant memory system for the driver's seat, outside mirrors, and steering wheel. Styling details include Tuscan burl trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, second-row captain's chairs with easy access to the 60/40 power split-folding and reclining third row. Audio is a Bose 13-speaker system, including two subwoofers, AM/FM radio, single, in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), and speed-sensitive volume control. The Infiniti hard drive-based navigation system includes lane guidance and 3-D building graphics, traffic and weather information, and a Zagat Survey restaurant guide.

Optional Features

The Theater package includes heated second-row seats with remote tip-up, dual 7-inch screens with wireless remote and two sets of wireless headphones. The Deluxe Touring package includes premium wheels, climate-controlled front seats, heated remote tip-up second-row seats, mocha burl trim, upgraded climate control system, hydraulic body motion control, upgraded leather-appointed seating, and second-row courtesy lights. The Technology package includes intelligent cruise control, distance control assist, blind-spot warning system, adaptive front lighting with auto-leveling headlights, and other premium safety features.

Under the Hood

The 5.6-liter V-8 engine features direct injection, dual overhead cams, and generates 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic with adaptive shift control; it features a driver-adaptive learning algorithm that senses individual driving styles and adjusts the automatic shifting accordingly. Manual Shift Mode offers sequentially selectable manual gearshifts and Downshift Rev Matching. Snow and Tow Modes control throttle response and transmission shift points.

Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Infiniti QX56 are 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, as rated by the EPA.


Standard safety features on the 2013 Infiniti QX56 include driver and front-passenger front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor. The Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor that adjusts the inflation rate depending on crash severity and seat belt usage. A remote keyless entry system allows unlocking of all doors or just the driver's door. The Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System prevents the engine from starting without the correct key and transponder. Safety ratings for the Infiniti QX56 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not yet been published.


Infiniti offers several proprietary technological features on the QX, mainly aimed at safety and comfort. The Hydraulic Body Motion Control system monitors force and distributes variable pressure to either the outer or inner suspension to minimize body lean and create a smoother ride at all speeds, Infiniti says. When activated, intelligent cruise control slows the vehicle as traffic slows, allowing the driver to maintain distance; as traffic flow picks up, it accelerates back to the pre-set speed and distance. Infiniti's Around View Monitor is now enhanced by a Moving Object Detection system.

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