2012 Infiniti QX56 Safety

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Safety

Neither of the major crash-test agencies has yet tested the Infiniti QX56, but we're giving it a high score because of its heft and size, and because of the overwhelming amount of safety technology that's standard or optional for the 2012 model year.

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested the QX56 for crash safety. Still, the QX has all the mandatory and expected safety features. There are dual front, side, and curtain airbags; stability control and anti-lock brakes; tire-pressure monitors; and active headrests.

SUVs usually perform well in crash tests, but there's no official data for the Infiniti QX56 just yet.

Additionally, Infiniti fits a set of cameras to the SUV's body and renders them together on the navigation screen--it's not just a rearview camera, it's a 180-degree view of potential obstacles.

Infiniti offers some of the latest safety technology as options on the QX56 as well. Buyers can opt for adaptive cruise control with Distance Control Assist, which slows it down when the system detects obstacles ahead. A blind-spot warning system and a lane departure warning system are available, as is a lane-departure prevention system that gently nudges the QX back into a lane when sensors think you’re wandering off the mark. Think twice before you buy these, though--we think they create too much audible and haptic interference for skilled drivers.

Visibility gets a little dicey at the rear quarters, especially if you’re carrying a full complement of people, but the QX56’s big mirrors and drop-away fenders help in parking and cruising with confidence.

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