2011 INFINITI QX56 vs. Its Competition

2011 Infiniti QX56
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The demimonde of large luxury SUVs has been shaken by changes in taste.

But you’ll still look discerning in the expensive, five-seat-only Land Rover Range Rover.

It’s duly refined, and totally capable, and it might be a bit more reliable these days, though only Consumer Reports and the Queen Mother know for sure.

We love the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, particularly with the class-exclusive diesel powertrain, the Alabama-built ute is the closest competitor to its former neighbor.

If you’re chauffeuring Mary J.

Blige on tour or just need the bling to match your custom-made suit, you’ll want the Cadillac Escalade.

We do too, especially in ultra-pricey Platinum trim.

Lastly, you could choose either big Lexus ute; the GX 470 is just too tall and too narrow for our palate, while the LX 570 swings too wide for a much more financially able audience.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The trip back home’s done the Infiniti QX56 a world of good; savor the V-8 and the cabin essence, and buy it in black to subdue that wide, tall front end.
8.6
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade is big, brawny, and very thirsty; yet with segment-leading performance and unrivaled style, the Escalade is hard to beat.
8.8
The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.
8.0
The 2010 Lexus LX 570 won't turn heads like a Range Rover or an Escalade, but it is a high-tech and worthy choice.
8.4
Lexus has succeeded in making the 2010 GX 470 safer, more responsive, and more comfortable, while maintaining its off-road chops. But those who want cargo convenience and versatility will be better off with a crossover.
9.0
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class' nimble ride and elegant cabin charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
MSRP From     
$58,700$62,495$78,425$76,905$51,970$59,950
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class     
N/AN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door 7-passenger2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
775877
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4-Door SUVSport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic