2008 INFINITI QX56 vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti QX56
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Cadillac Escalade resides near the top of the class of full-size luxury SUVs, with a good ride, surprisingly nimble handling for its size and weight, and a very responsive powertrain, as well as standout styling and street cred.

The Lincoln Navigator has an especially roomy, well-designed interior, with distinctive materials; it also has solid ride quality and reasonably good handling, but it lags the others with an engine that isn't as powerful.

The LX 570 has the sturdy frame and world-class hardware of the Land Cruiser, but it's especially expensive.

The Aspen is a half-size smaller, though it isn't nearly as maneuverable.

However, the Aspen is a relative bargain, with a price that's many thousands less than the rest of these vehicles.

Fuel economy is a low point for the 2008 Infiniti QX56, with ratings of 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway for the AWD version--ranking it near the bottom of its class.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 misses the mark for a lot of practical reasons, but it can tow a Chris Craft in high style.
8.6
The 2009 Escalade Hybrid sacrifices no performance, capability, or luxury, yet it uses a fraction of the fuel.
7.2
There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
8.2
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator has more going for it than bling.
MSRP From   
$52,450$61,130$32,905$48,745
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilityN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
RWD 4-Door2WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door Limited2WD 4-Door
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel Drive2WDRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7787
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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