2009 INFINITI QX56 Review


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2009 INFINITI QX56 Overview

2009 is a carryover year for Infiniti’s upscale Nissan Armada, the QX56. After 2008’s cosmetic refresh, buyers will see nothing new for 2009. The four-door luxury SUV seats seven with the optional second-row buckets, or eight with the 60/40 bench. Available in two trims, Base and AWD, the QX56 shares the same 5.6-liter V8 across both trims, and it produces 320 hp and 393 lb-ft of torque for a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 lbs.

Standard on the Base rear-wheel-drive trim are a power-sliding tinted moonroof, the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, which utilizes Infiniti’s XM Navtraffic software, and a Bose premium audio system with a 9.3GB storage drive. The 4WD trim adds Infiniti All-Mode 4WD, skid plates for the transfer case, oil pan, and fuel tank, a towing package, and color-matched splash guards.

Other standard features include rear obstacle detection, a wireless cell-phone link, a load-leveling suspension, and a rearview camera, as well as 20-inch wheels and keyless access and starting.

The Base trim beats out the 4WD by only 1 mpg, arriving at 12/18 and 12/17 mpg, respectively, although the maximum towing capacity of the 4WD is 100 lbs less than the Base's. Both come with a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel-drive system does have a low-range gear for off-roading and can be left engaged on dry pavement.


A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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