2012 INFINITI QX56 vs. Its Competition

2012 Infiniti QX56 2WD 4-door 7-passenger Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Every big luxury SUV wants to live up to the Range Rover reputation for fine taste, and the latest Range Rover itself takes the standard several notches higher.

It's truly a fabulous machine in many ways, while the QX56 almost matches it on fine finishes and exceeds it with three more spots for passengers.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes off a little more coolly, but as a diesel it gets great fuel economy, and has even more SUV credibility bent into its sharp fenders and its available off-road package.

The Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator are still battling it out for the bling buyer, with the Escalade winning on longevity but losing on its unconscionably high purchase price.

The Lincoln? It's...hanging in there.

2012 Infiniti QX56 2WD 4-door 7-passenger Angular Front Exterior View2012 INFINITI QX56
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2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac Escalade
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2012 Land Rover Range Rover2012 Land Rover Range Rover
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2012 Lincoln Navigator2012 Lincoln Navigator
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Quick Specs
8.4
Infiniti's civilized the full-sized SUV about as well as Land Rover has--but does the world still need big utes like this one?
8.6
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
9.0
It can't rightly be called a value, but the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover delivers a truckload of ability and exclusivity along with its admittedly huge Monroney.
7.4
Lavish and large, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is luxury, American-style, but its powertrains are a step behind those of the competition.
8.8
With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
MSRP From    
$60,000$63,060$79,425$57,775$61,570
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class    
N/AN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door 7-passenger2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77577
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility4 Door4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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