LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- During the SUV mania of the early 1990s, every new segment contender seemed to boast about off-road capability no matter how expensive and luxurious the model. Today, as the dust settles on the collapsed SUV market, there is a new definition of street cred: towing capacity. And Infiniti's new-generation 2011 QX56 has that.
Clearly a luxury vehicle -- with stitched leather seats, woodwork laced with powdered silver and a buttery-smooth ride -- the QX56 is still a working beast, capable of towing 8,500 pounds in two-wheel or all-wheel drive without breaking a sweat. That is a reduction from the 2010 model, which offered 9,000 pounds of towing.
But for 2011, Infiniti has redesigned the QX56 for a balance of family-friendly back seats and cargo room, vacation towing and high-end styling.