Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Infiniti QX56 VS 2013 Toyota Land Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Infiniti QX56

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2013 Toyota Land

Safety Comparison

The QX56 offers optional crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Land Cruiser doesn't offer crash mitigation brakes.

The QX56’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The QX56 has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Land Cruiser only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The QX56’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the QX56 and the Land Cruiser have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The QX56 comes with a full 4 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Land Cruiser’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX56 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Land Cruiser. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Land Cruiser ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX56’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Land Cruiser’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

The QX56’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 19 more horsepower (400 vs. 381) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX56 is faster than the Toyota Land Cruiser:


Land Cruiser

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

93.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the QX56 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (14 city/20 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

The QX56 has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Land Cruiser (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the QX56’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Land Cruiser:


Land Cruiser

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The QX56 stops shorter than the Land Cruiser:


Land Cruiser

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

155 feet

158 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The QX56’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Land Cruiser’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX56 has standard 20 inch wheels. Only 18 inch wheels are available on the Land Cruiser. The QX56 offers optional 22 inch wheels.

The Infiniti QX56’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Land Cruiser only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti QX56 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Land Cruiser has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The rear suspension of the QX56 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Land Cruiser, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The QX56 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX56’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (121.1 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the QX56 is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Land Cruiser.

The QX56 AWD handles at .74 G’s, while the Land Cruiser pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX56 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Land Cruiser (28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the QX56 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Land Cruiser (9.2 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the QX56 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The QX56 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1 inch more third row headroom and .4 inches more third row legroom than the Land Cruiser.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX56’s middle and third row seats recline. The Land Cruiser’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the QX56 is .1 inches lower than the Land Cruiser (22.4” vs. 22.5”). The QX56’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Land Cruiser’s (22.8” vs. 24”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The QX56’s cargo area provides more volume than the Land Cruiser.


Land Cruiser

Behind Third Seat

16.6 cubic feet

16.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.6 cubic feet

43 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.1 cubic feet

81.7 cubic feet

The QX56 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the QX56’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the QX56. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The QX56’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Land Cruiser’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the QX56 has a standard power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a power tailgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

Consumer Reports rated the QX56’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Land Cruiser’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX56 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the QX56 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX56 will cost $1100 to $1270 less than the Land Cruiser over a five-year period.

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