Infiniti EX35

Crossover SUV shoppers, by the very nature of the vehicle they seek, are a demanding bunch. They're looking for a vehicle that drives like a sedan yet is a capable people mover and competent cargo hauler -- that's a tall order to fill. But not everyone seeking this versatility wants a vehicle that has all of these traits in equal portions. Some drivers are willing to sacrifice some of the "utility" in exchange for an extra helping of "sport." Enter the Infiniti EX35.
The EX35 -- part of a growing trend of small luxury crossovers -- is able to fulfill this role thanks to its mechanical similarity to Infiniti's highly regarded G35 luxury sport sedan. Packing a powerful V6 and sharp reflexes, the EX35 delivers exceptional performance for this segment. It also boasts numerous high-end luxury features. The main downside, however, is that these high points come at the expense of rear seat passenger headroom and cargo capacity.
Current Infiniti EX35
The all-new for 2008 Infiniti EX35 comes in two trim levels: base and the even more luxurious Journey. Both come standard with a 3.5-liter 297-horsepower V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Buyers have the option of choosing rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. There are also several luxury and technology packages available that offer features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with MP3 storage capacity. One of the more distinctive options on the EX35 is an Around View Monitor video system, which uses four "top down" cameras at each vehicle corner to assist with parking maneuvers.
Using the same engine and similar suspension components as the G35 sedan, it comes as little surprise that the EX35 shines in terms of driving dynamics. During testing it showed strong acceleration, taking only 6.3 seconds to get to 60 mph, and provided stable, predictable handling without a sacrifice in ride comfort. Perhaps most impressive is the EX35's braking prowess. It stopped from 60 mph in just 118 feet, a number that would leave most SUVs, and plenty of high-performance cars envious.
While the Infiniti EX35 rewards you with a lively experience behind the wheel, its shortcomings make themselves known when the time comes to put the "utility" part of this sport-utility vehicle to the test. The EX35 lacks a significant amount of rear cargo room compared to its competitors. Plus, the rear seat offers just 28.5 inches of legroom -- also substantially less than what's available from other models.
However, for singles and couples drawn to the comforts and conveniences of SUV ownership, the elegant Infiniti EX35 is an appealing option. It's quicker than any of its peers and arguably has the best ride/handling balance of any premium compact crossover as well. If you don't need space for big kids or dogs, the EX belongs on your short list.
Infiniti FX35

It's remarkable that the Infiniti FX35 made it to showrooms with its concept-car looks intact. While crossover SUVs had long been touted as a brand new genre of vehicle, most of them at the time of the FX35's launch simply resembled small SUVs or large wagons. Upon its debut for 2003 and with its sports car muscles and hulking linebacker stance, the slick FX35 ushered in a new emphasis on style that other automakers are only now beginning to match.
One reason why the Infiniti FX35 looks so sporty is because it was engineered to be sporty. In true luxury crossover form, it handles much like a sport sedan and comes loaded with standard equipment. Unfortunately, high style has resulted in a sacrifice of some measure of practicality, as the FX35 offers less cargo room and versatility than most other competing midsize crossovers.
Current Infiniti FX35
The Infiniti FX35 comes in only one trim level, and it is loaded. Inside the cabin, you'll find a mix of luxury and sport. Leather upholstery is complemented by aluminum trim. Both front seats are power adjustable, and the rear seats recline. The standard stereo is a 300-watt Bose system with a six-CD in-dash player (with MP3 capability) and 11 speakers.
And that's just the beginning. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control and HID headlights are all standard. In addition, there are several package options, ranging from a Sport Package (with larger 20-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension) to a Technology Package, which adds a navigation system, Intelligent Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert, among other features. The navigation system is also available as a stand-alone option.
Power for the Infiniti FX35 comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which squeezes out 275 horsepower with a sharp, alluring growl. Traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes and a five-speed automatic transmission are standard. The FX35 rides on an enhanced version of Nissan's FM platform and resembles Infiniti's G35 sport sedan more than any SUV in the Nissan or Infiniti lineup. Both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive variants are available. Get a sense of what Infiniti is going for here? Sport over utility.
In road tests, we found the Infiniti FX35 luxury crossover to be every bit as exciting as it looks. The V6 is strong. The steering is quick and responsive, much like a sport sedan. And the crossover SUV feels balanced and under control, even in fast corners, while managing to provide a comfortable ride. One criticism that our editors have regards the poor rear visibility, which is a victim of the FX35's taut exterior design. The FX also lacks a third-row seat.
Although the FX35 is still in its first generation, Infiniti has made several changes to the standard features. Earlier models (2003-'05) come with a weaker standard stereo and fewer interior features. The suspension tuning has also been upgraded, so used-vehicle shoppers might want to focus on the more recent models when exploring the FX35.

Infiniti FX45
Looking back, it's remarkable that the Infiniti FX45 made it to showrooms with its concept car looks intact. While crossover SUVs had been touted as a brand-new genre of vehicle, at the time of the FX45's launch, most of them simply resembled small SUVs or large wagons. Upon its debut for 2003 and with its sports car muscles and hulking linebacker stance, the slick Infiniti FX45 set a new standard for automotive design.
The FX45's sporty looks are backed up by sharp handling and a throaty V8 engine. However, buyers looking for more sport-utility in their crossover SUV should be aware that the looks and performance of the FX45 come at the price of practicality, as it offers less cargo room than other midsize luxury crossovers in its class and lacks a third-row seat.
Current Infiniti FX45
The Infiniti FX45 is available in one nicely equipped trim level. It's powered by a mighty 4.5-liter V8 engine, which churns out 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission, stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes and all-wheel drive are standard.
The difference between the Infiniti FX45 and other similarly priced crossover SUVs lies in its character. It rides on an enhanced version of Nissan's FM platform and resembles the Infiniti G35 sport sedan more than any SUV in the Nissan or Infiniti lineup. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels and tires, and a sunroof. The base stereo is a 300-watt Bose audio system with an in-dash CD changer and 11 speakers.
Although the cabin is loaded with premium features, there's nothing fancy going on with the seats, controls and instruments. The leather upholstery is complemented by aluminum trim — not wood. The front seats are more supportive than plush.
Navigation is one of the few features that doesn't come standard. It's available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package, which also includes Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and satellite radio. The Intelligent Cruise Control system uses lasers to detect the vehicles ahead on the road and then automatically maintains the preset trailing distance. The navigation system is also available as a stand-alone option.
In reviews and road tests, we've found the Infiniti FX45 to be every bit as exciting as it looks. It truly feels like driving a sport sedan, with quick and responsive steering and agility. The V8 engine is loud and powerful; you won't be wanting for speed. Even more impressive, the FX45 feels balanced and under control during all but the most extreme maneuvers, while remaining comfortable throughout. One criticism we had was with the FX45's poor rear visibility, which is a victim of the vehicle's sloping profile. The lack of a third-row seat is also something that might turn off potential buyers.
Although the FX45 is still in its first generation, Infiniti has made several changes to the vehicle throughout its life cycle. Earlier models (2003-'05) don't come with certain premium features, such as the Bose stereo, sunroof or rearview monitor. The engine and suspension tuning have also been revised, so used Infiniti FX45 shoppers might want to focus on the more recent models.

Infiniti G35

These days, we've come to expect a lot from Infiniti. But in years past, the Japanese luxury brand actually struggled to find an audience. Only with the Infiniti G35 sport sedan did the company start to regain its footing after years in the red. At the time of its debut, the G35's refined styling and sporty performance made a loud statement. The G35 was as close to German engineering as any car on the market.
The Infiniti G35 is built on the same platform as the Nissan 350Z sports car and shares the same throaty V6. It distinguishes itself in the entry-level luxury segment with a roomy cabin, plenty of performance and a respectable price. For those reasons, the rear-wheel-drive G35 is one of our editors' top recommendations for a sport sedan or coupe that's rewarding to own and drive.
Current Infiniti G35
The Infiniti G35 is available as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan. The coupe comes in one trim level. The sedan is available in five: a base, Journey, x (AWD), Sport and Sport 6MT. The sedan was redesigned for 2007 and now represents the car's second generation. The coupe for that year was a continuation of the first generation, but for 2008 received its revamping. The new-for-'08 coupe received a larger, 3.7-liter engine and a revised name, G37, to reflect that change. The G37 coupe is covered in a separate review.
All sedans and pre-2008 coupes are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. In the G35 sedan, the V6 makes 306 horsepower. The coupe equipped with the standard five-speed automatic transmission is rated for 275 hp. Equipped with the optional six-speed manual, the G35 coupe provides 293 hp. All sedan trims are equipped with a five-speed automatic, with the exception of the Sport 6MT, which comes with a six-speed manual.
Although Infiniti's entry-level luxury sedan comes in five trims, buyers needn't feel overwhelmed when trying to choose the right G35 for their needs. The Journey trim is a great starting point. For not much more money than the base model, the Infiniti G35 Journey comes with top-of-the-line features, including dual-zone climate control and a stereo with six-CD in-dash changer. The x, Sport and Sport 6MT trims simply add amenities on top of that. The x trim adds AWD and heated seats. The Sport trims, which are geared toward enthusiasts, come with performance features and frills, such as 18-inch wheels and tires, a viscous limited-slip differential, sport seats and aggressive tuning for the car's electronic stability system. A four-wheel active steer system is an option that's exclusive to the Sport trims.
Both coupe and sedan are endowed with plenty of interior space. The sedan is more or less the same size as the outgoing model. What has really improved is the interior design, both ergonomically and aesthetically. Everything is better put together, and materials are higher in quality. There's even real aluminum trim, or you can opt for Rosewood trim.
In road tests and reviews, our editors have found the Infiniti G35 to be a thrilling car to drive, with a direct connection between car and driver. The V6 engine feels and sounds exciting. Acceleration is brisk, and power comes on whenever you need it. Zero-to-60 times are under 6 seconds. The handling is crisp in both body styles. Some buyers may find the ride quality a bit stiff on the Sport trims, but the non-Sport G35s should be comfortable for a wide range of drivers.
Past Infiniti G35 Models
The original Infiniti G35 was a big hit when it debuted for the 2003 model year, and Infiniti has not tinkered much with the winning formula since then. Sold through 2006, the first-generation G35 sedan was initially available in a single trim level, and Infiniti expanded the line to include an AWD model a year later. The sedan and coupe shared the same 3.5-liter V6, but in the sedan, the engine made 260 hp ¯ 20 hp less than the coupe.
Used G35 buyers interested in maximum performance will want to focus on 2005 models or later. In '05, Infiniti bumped the power in the automatic transmission-equipped sedan to 280 hp. Coupes and sedans with the manual transmission were upgraded to 298 hp. That same year, Infiniti also updated the sport suspension package with bigger wheels and a limited-slip rear differential.

Infiniti G37
Nissan launched its upscale Infiniti division in 1989 with two unique models and a polarizing ad campaign. Nearly 20 years later, Infiniti continues to blaze its own trail in pursuit of luxury, performance and style. The Infiniti G37 luxury sport coupe is a prime example of this corporate philosophy.
Blessed with a split personality, the rear-wheel-drive G37 will deliver you to work in luxury during the week and then clip apexes all weekend without breaking a sweat. It's related to the second-generation G35 sedan but is differentiated by a larger 3.7-liter V6 engine and a shapely coupe body style built on Infiniti's enhanced FM platform. The styling echoes the sedan in front, but finishes with a smoother, seductively zaftig rear end.
The list of available entry-level luxury sport coupes is a short one, but it's typically dominated by elite Teutonic nameplates. In readying the G37, Infiniti honed it on test circuits throughout Europe, including Germany's famed Nürburgring. This athletic chassis, along with the G's attractive sticker price, distinctive interior appointments and ample array of technology, makes it well prepared for battle in this class.
Current Infiniti G37
The Infiniti G37 coupe debuted for the 2008 model year. It is available in three trim levels: the base G37, the G37 Journey and the G37 Sport 6MT. In addition to the long list of standard features packaged with each trim level, several options are available a la carte. Audio upgrades, hard-drive-based navigation and adaptive cruise control will entertain the tech-savvy, while the available Sport Package (standard on the G37 Sport 6MT and optional G37 Coupe Journey) will rouse the interest of more aggressive drivers thanks to features like a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension and brakes, sport seats and bigger wheels. Stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard on all Infiniti G37s, and a pre-collision preparation feature is optional.
The G37's exclusive 3.7-liter V6 boasts a very healthy 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. In base and Journey trim, the G37 comes with a paddle-shifted five-speed automatic transmission, while the Sport 6MT features a six-speed manual. Both transmissions have their devotees, but the clutch take-up in the manual is a little too abrupt. Of course when a vehicle has so few faults, it's easy to identify them. Acceleration and mileage numbers are comparable between the automatic and manual, so the choice is a matter of personal preference.
The Infiniti G37 coupe is based on Infiniti's enhanced FM (Front Midship) platform; the company says the structure is 36 percent stiffer than the one used for the previous G35 coupe. The suspension is comprised of a double-wishbone design in front and a multilink setup in the rear. The ride is firm on Sport models, but only occasionally sports-car harsh. A four-wheel active steer system (4WAS) is available for those obsessed with pushing the technological envelope, but early reports have been mixed, with several drivers noting diminished steering feedback in vehicles equipped with 4WAS.
If you're familiar with the current sedan, you won't feel like a stranger in the G37. Well, in the front seats anyway. Like most coupes in this class, rear-seat room is tight and the steeply raked back window intrudes on headroom. The trunk has only 7.4 cubic feet of space, but the rear seatbacks fold down when not in use, allowing skis and other bulky items to pass through into the cabin. Brushed aluminum (wood is optional) accents the dash, doors, shifter and center stack. The ubiquitous Infiniti analog clock is neatly integrated into the cockpit and switchgear is intuitive to use.
Overall, the Infiniti G37 stands shoulder to shoulder with of all the players in the entry-level sport coupe segment. Consumers in the market for such a vehicle would be wise to put it at the top of their to-drive list.
Past Infiniti G37s
Although considered an all-new model, technically the G37 coupe is the second-generation version of the G35 coupe. The difference in name is mostly related to the arrival of a new, larger engine. Introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model, the first-generation G35 has been selected as an Used Car Best Bet and is a serious contender for anyone in the market for a pre-owned sport coupe.

Infiniti M35

Infiniti's first M-series luxury sport sedan debuted four years ago long on quality and performance but lacking the kind of style, roominess and presence that buyers in this competitive segment have come to expect. Following a recent redesign, however, the M-series has been reborn as the V6-powered M35 and V8-equipped M45. As a result, the latest car is a much more alluring and well-rounded midsize performance sedan with the form to match its already impressive function.
The Infiniti M35 isn't just attractive and capable, it also boasts more standard features and pleasing amounts of headroom and legroom. Though some might find minor quibbles with cabin design and materials quality when compared to its most popular rivals, most shoppers will discover a spacious interior that's both warm and accommodating.
On the move, the M35's knockout punch is delivered by a brawny 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. This engine, along with a quick-acting automatic transmission, a capable chassis and the added traction of available all-wheel drive, makes the Infiniti M35 feel much smaller and more nimble than you might expect.
There are plenty of cars in this class that provide luxury and a few that might have better performance, but Infiniti's M-series put the two together in a more engaging package than any of its peers. A winner of an Edmunds Editors' Most WantedSM award, the M35 is certainly a luxury sedan worth taking a hard look at.
Current Infiniti M35
The midsize Infiniti M35 luxury sport sedan is offered in three trim levels: base, x AWD and Sport. The base sedan is well-equipped in terms of features, while the x AWD primarily adds all-wheel-drive traction. The M35 Sport has modifications like active rear steering and a sport-tuned suspension to improve the car's handling ability. Option packages offer popular extras like navigation, a console-mounted DVD player, adaptive cruise control, reclining/heated rear seats and 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio.
All M35s feature a 3.5-liter V6 churning out 275 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. It's coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control and downshift rev-matching. Underneath, an advanced suspension design responds with just the right mix of compliance and firmness. Standard safety items include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front-seat head restraints, while an available lane-departure warning system signals unintended lane drifting.
The Infiniti M35's interior is well appointed and well built, with firm seats that are highly adjustable, comfortable and heavily bolstered. However, the competition in this segment is pretty intense and the M35 isn't quite as elegant and thoughtfully engineered as some of its rivals. The quality of materials is a bit uneven, and we find that the layout of the center stack controls isn't as clean and intuitive as it could be.
Though not as quick as its V8-powered sibling, the M35's V6 still provides plenty of get-up-and-go for most drivers. Braking is also impressive, and a firmly damped suspension delivers finely controlled balance through corners. The trade-off is steering that can feel a bit rough around town, and a suspension that tends to transmit road irregularities into the cabin -- especially in the harder-edged Sport model. At highway speeds, the Infiniti M35 also exhibits a noticeable amount of engine and road noise. While these flaws certainly don't make the M35 uncomfortable, it is somewhat less peaceful than other performance luxury cruisers.
Past Infiniti M35s
There were two previous Infiniti models that carried the M designation. The M30 was one of Infiniti's two original models, sold from 1990-'92 in midsize coupe and convertible body styles. The rear-drive, V8-powered M45 sedan debuted in 2003. The current M35 arrived in 2006 as part of the car's full redesign.

Infiniti M45
Though high-end vehicles now come in more shapes and sizes than ever, the midsize luxury sedan segment remains the heart of the luxury automobile market. Nissan's luxury division, Infiniti, has been around since 1990, yet it had no real presence in this key segment until 2003, when it launched the V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive M45.
The first Infiniti M45 was little more than a Japanese-market Nissan sedan that was rebadged and slightly "Americanized" in order to give Infiniti dealers something with which to compete against the high-profile German nameplates that dominate this class. But although it offered a credible amount of luxury and performance, the original M45's relatively uninspired design and cramped interior kept it from registering anything more than a faint blip on luxury buyers' radar screens.
For 2006, the current Infiniti M45 was introduced to wide critical acclaim. With substantially more space, a tremendous amount of technology and comfort features, and a bold, imposing exterior design, today's M45 is a high-tech powerhouse with plenty to offer midsize luxury car shoppers. Its performance capabilities have been raised significantly due to things like available four-wheel steering, a precisely tuned suspension and strong brakes. All told, the current M45 is a swift, stylish, superbly executed luxury sedan that should be considered with the top players in the segment.
Current Infiniti M45
Today's Infiniti M45 luxury sedan comes in two trim levels: M45 and M45 Sport. Both are motivated by a powerful, 4.5-liter V8 that sends up to 325 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The M45's five-speed automatic transmission has manual shift control and a sporty rev-matching feature that imparts a particularly lively feel to downshifts. Infiniti also offers a 275-hp, V6-powered version of the sedan called the M35. Until 2007, all M45 models were rear-wheel drive only. For '08 all-wheel drive became available and models so equipped are called the M45 x. (The M35 is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.)
Base M45 models are geared more for luxury than sport and offer a long list of standard amenities, including climate-controlled seats, adaptive xenon headlights and tasteful wood and metal trim, among other things. The M45 Sport swaps the wood for aluminum trim, but otherwise is identical inside to the standard M45. Mechanical enhancements on the M45 Sport that raise its performance potential include 19-inch wheels and tires, firmer suspension tuning and active rear-wheel steering.
Options for the M45 line are consistent with its high-tech image, including adaptive cruise control; a lane-departure warning system; a Bose surround-sound DVD audio system with front-seat, shoulder-level surround speakers; heated and reclining rear seats; and a navigation system with voice-activated destination entry.
In road test reviews, editors have praised the Infiniti M45 for its explosive power and sharp handling and its bounty of luxury features. Criticisms of the M45 include overly intrusive road noise and complicated center-stack controls that are hard to master.
Past Infiniti M45s
The original Infiniti M45 debuted in 2003 and was basically a Japanese-market Nissan Cedric luxury sedan brought over to fill the gap between Infiniti's near-luxury G35 and the larger, technology-laden Q45. Engineered for the narrow streets of Japan, the M45's cabin proved too narrow to hold corn-fed Americans comfortably, and the backseat was scant on legroom for a car of this size. Even worse, the M's exterior design was bland to a fault.
However, it was fast. The original M45 was available only with a 340-hp V8 and rear-wheel drive. Unlike today's model, there were no separate standard and Sport versions from which to choose, and the only suspension offered was on the sporty side. Combined with big, 18-inch wheels and performance tires, the M45 delivered respectable handling. Equally important, the original M45 was equipped with nearly the same number of safety features as today's model.
Competitively priced even when new and available with most of the luxury features found on the larger Q45, first-generation M45s generally represent strong used-car values in terms of feature content and performance. For shoppers who like the car's combination of stealth speed and luxury, and don't need a lot in the way of interior room, the first-generation Infiniti M45 could be a good match.

Infiniti QX56
The full-size luxury SUV category was created by domestic manufacturers, but import-brand manufacturers subsequently joined the fray. The Infiniti QX56 debuted a few years ago as part of the brand's push to diversify its lineup. Built at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant, it shares its chassis and other major mechanicals with the Armada SUV and Titan pickup. As an Infiniti, however, it does feature its own unique styling elements and feature upgrades.
The Infiniti QX56 comes with a smooth V8 that offers ample power. SUV buyers crave roomy cabins and the QX56's fits the bill, with spacious second and third rows. Towing capacity is impressive, and the QX56 is also one of the better full-size luxury SUVs on the market in terms of acceleration and agile handling.
Still, Infiniti's big hauler falls shy of perfection in a couple of respects. Prior to a 2008 refresh that brought a new dash and nicer cabin materials, some aspects of its interior don't quite befit its luxury SUV status. Cargo capacity is less than most of its competitors. And thanks to that muscular V8, the QX is voracious at the gas pump. Another factor to consider is the QX56's love-it-or-hate-it styling -- a liability in a segment where appearances are everything.
Current Infiniti QX56
Still in its first generation, the Infiniti QX56 is a full-size SUV that seats seven. Only one trim is offered, but that trim comes loaded with a wealth of standard features. Highlights include 18-inch alloys, xenon HID headlights, heated leather seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker Bose stereo system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional, as is a second-row bench seat (in lieu of the standard captain's chairs) that allows the Infiniti to seat a total of eight passengers. A host of safety features are standard, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, a reverse parking sensor and a rearview camera.
For 2008, Infiniti has added to the standard equipment list, and it now includes a power-fold feature for the third-row seat, keyless startup, a new audio system with an onboard hard drive, optional real-time traffic navigation integration and a larger screen for the rear entertainment system. Infiniti has also made some upgrades to the interior trim. Most welcome among these changes are the new instrument cluster design and improved materials quality.
Under the hood is a 5.6-liter V8 capable of 320 horsepower and 393 pound-feet of torque; it's wedded to a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel- or four-wheel-drive models are offered. Acceleration is impressive and fuel economy, though dismal, is at least on par with others in the full-size segment.
The Infiniti QX56's cabin strives to impart the requisite luxury SUV opulence but ultimately misses the mark. Plush carpeting is underfoot, rich leather cradles your hind parts and gleaming bird's eye maple and aluminum accents abound. However, the interior is marred by some downmarket plastics, and up until the '08 model year, the instrumentation and controls had a dull, utilitarian look. When it comes to true luxury in full-size proportions, the competitively priced Mercedes-Benz GL450 offers a more convincing show.
Cargo capacity is another shortcoming. Though the QX56 offers a decent 20 cubic feet of luggage room with all three rows in use, maximum cargo capacity trails that of others in its class, coming in at just 97 cubic feet. By comparison, the Cadillac Escalade offers 109 cubic feet of cargo room, while the extended-length ESV version offers 137 cubes. More impressive is the QX56's standard rearview monitor. Infiniti was the first manufacturer to offer this technology in the full-size SUV segment, and it eases much of the pain associated with parking this behemoth. This camera system utilizes the navigation system screen to give the driver a clear color picture of what's behind the vehicle.
In road tests, our editors have praised the Infiniti QX56 for its refined powertrain, smooth ride and family-friendly passenger quarters. In consumer reviews, Infiniti's sport-utility vehicle drew top marks for its power, handling and useful rearview monitor. However, some owners panned the vehicle's unimpressive fuel economy and called for more wood accents in its cabin.
Past Infiniti QX56 models
The QX56 debuted for the 2004 model year. Since then, Infiniti has made only minor changes. Up until the 2008 refresh, the most significant of these came in 2006 when it received a 60/40-split for the third-row seat, a standard Bluetooth hands-free system and enhanced exterior mirrors.

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