2011 INFINITI QX56 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin 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
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.
The 2010 Escalade Hybrid provides performance, functionality, and luxury, but uses far less fuel.
The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class' nimble ride and elegant cabin charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class   
N/AN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door 7-passenger2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport Utility4 Door4 DoorSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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