There is only one engine available in the 2013 Infiniti QX SUV, and it was designed for the performance-minded buyer who is not overly concerned with the rising cost of gas prices. Every QX gets a 5.6-liter V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission to produce a very impressive 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Even though equipped with a powerful engine, you might not expect a vehicle of this size to be all that fast, but QX can accelerate zero to 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds. If you have a load to tow and you want to do it in style, then this is the vehicle for you. It can tow 8,500 pounds, when properly equipped with an automatic leveling rear suspension and a tow/haul mode. Also, this vehicle comes standard as rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy is where QX fails to impress, returning 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Then again, considering this vehicle weighs 5,500 pounds, poor gas mileage should not be that big of a surprise. The ride quality is quite smooth, but the turning circle is 41.6 feet, which is huge! This is not a vehicle you will ever be able to squeeze in a tight parking space.
• Audio - For an outstanding listening experience, upgrade to the 13-speaker Bose® premium audio system that includes two subwoofers, CD player, USB port, Bluetooth and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.
• Navigation - The Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System features voice recognition, 3D building graphics, NavTraffic®, Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide and Lane Guidance. It also supports BirdView™ perspective.
• Tri-Zone Entertainment System - Rear seat passengers can watch movies or play video games on dual monitors while front seat passengers can enjoy the audio system.
• Around View Monitor - Four cameras give you a 360-degree bird’s eye view to help with parking. The system also alerts you of moving objects that you may not see when you are behind the wheel.
There are not crash test results for the QX, but considering the high price, it is not all that surprising. However, it has been brake-tested, and performs better than many lightweight passenger cars, taking only 123 feet to stop from 60 mph. The All-Season 4WD® adjusts according to changing weather or terrain to provide maximum traction. Other safety features to appreciate include:
• Post collision safety system
• Turn signal mirrors
• Child seat anchors
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Rear door safety locks
• Traction control
• Brake assist
• Stability control
• Lane departure warning
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Collision alert
• Blind spot warning system
The exterior styling of the QX is truly captivating. It looks expensive and sophisticated with a harmonic blend of straight and curved lines throughout. It comes standard with a ton of features you would likely expect would be add-ons, such as 20-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, running boards, power lift gate, heated power-folding side mirrors, fog lights and automatic headlamps.
The exterior elegance certainly continues in the passenger cabin. Seating for eight is standard, but the second row seat can be upgraded to captain’s chairs, making it a seven-passenger vehicle. There is more than enough legroom in the first two rows, but the third row is more appropriate for younger children. When you slip behind the wheel you immediately appreciate the attention to detail surrounding you. From top-notch leather to rich wood surfaces, there is no question that you are in a luxury vehicle. That being said, you are faced with a lot of controls when you add-on high-tech features. The display can be rather overwhelming, but with use, you appreciate that the controls really are thoughtfully placed for easy operation.
Cargo space has the ability to excite and disappoint. If you have a large family and use all three rows full-time then you won’t appreciate the small 16.6 cubic feet of space you get to work with. However, behind the front seats, there is a massive 95 cubes.