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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, driver front impact protection; four stars, passenger front impact protection; three stars, rollover resistance
parking sensors can help make parking less hair-raising
A host of safety features are standard
good driver sightlines
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 performs well in crash tests, though rollover ratings are low.
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) series of crash tests, the Infiniti QX56 receives five out of five stars for frontal impact protection of the driver, and four stars for the passenger. The scores for rollover resistance are not as good, with the Infiniti 2008 QX56 receiving only three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the Infiniti QX56 for 2008.
Edmunds reports "a host of safety features are standard, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, a reverse parking sensor and a rearview camera." That last item is important, as parking the Infiniti QX56 is no walk in the park; Cars.com reports that the Infiniti 2008's "front and rear parking sensors can help make parking this 17-foot-long SUV less hair-raising, as does the standard rearview camera."
It also helps on the road. Although ConsumerGuide reports that visibility "is generally good," the 2008 Infiniti QX56's "tall stance hides close-by objects." While the "available rearview camera helps," it's nonetheless "more susceptible to collecting road grime than rival systems."
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 offers good crash protection, but its sheer bulk and the laws of physics are not on its side.