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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
A kind of nifty tire pressure system uses the tire pressure monitor to flash the lights and beep the horn when you reach optimum pressure filling the tires at a filling station.
The Infiniti QX56 carries itself with the stance and the confidence of a safe vehicle, but while we're inclined to trust that assertion, we haven't had the chance to verify it as of yet.
We've given the QX a high safety score because of its advanced safety features, even though neither of the crash-test agencies has yet put the SUV through its paces. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has even scheduled a test for the big ute, likely because it's a low-volume, high-dollar vehicle.
Nonetheless, the Infiniti ute comes with more than the expected safety gear. Dual front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, as are stability control and anti-lock brakes; active headrests; and tire-pressure monitors.
Infiniti doesn't fit a rearview camera to the QX. Instead, it installs its Around View camera, a set of lenses that stitches together a set of exterior views for a 180-degree look at potential obstacles. This year, the Around View monitor adds cross-traffic alerts.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.
Neither safety agency has crash-tested the QX56, but it's rife with the latest safety technology.