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Rating 73/100 Background Just when you thought that large luxury SUVs were destined to be as extinct as the dinosaurs that power these thirsty beasts, Infiniti has plugged the segment into life support with its redesigned 2011 Infiniti QX56. Just as before, the QX remains Infiniti’s biggest SUV, but this time around the company has …

Rating 78/100 Background The seven- or eight-passenger 2010 Infiniti QX56 is 5,705 pounds of honest truck-based luxury SUV. It’s large, its 320-horsepower V8 puts it in charge, and it’s got more presence than all those car-based luxury crossovers put together. This full-size luxury SUV also brings the bling, thanks to mirror-finish bodywork and standard 20-inch …

Rating 52/100 Background If bling is your thing, you’ll find a lot to like about the 2009 Infiniti QX56. Everything from its bold grille to its 20-inch wheels is festooned with mirror-finish brightwork, and the QX56’s unorthodox styling makes it stand out amid the sea of cookie-cutter SUVs. Having elbowed its way into an attention-grabbing …

Rating 73/100 Background If “chrome-y” were a word, it would certainly apply to the 2008 Infiniti QX56. In the full-size luxury SUV segment, tradition holds that bigger is better and, by extension, the more chrome, the better. As such, if the sheer size of the QX56 doesn’t stun your neighbors into silence, the blinding sheen …

Rating 58/100 Background Infiniti has renamed pretty much its entire lineup this year, so you’re fully excused if you don’t immediately know what the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is. Replacing last year’s QX, which was previously called the QX56, Infiniti’s full-size luxury SUV has gone through more names than Candlestick Park. But once you get past …

Rating 73/100 Background Over the last decade, Cadillac designers and engineers have done a remarkable job of transforming the brand’s image from over-the-hill to up-and-coming. Now, however, the very nameplate that helped propel this transformation, the Cadillac Escalade, feels like an anachronism. To its credit, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade maintains the attributes that made it …

Rating 83/100 Background The market for luxury SUVs is crowded, and every manufacturer is trying hard to differentiate its car from the rest. In typical Audi fashion, the 2013 Q7 is notable for its engaging driving dynamics, elegantly understated interior, cutting-edge electronics and the all-weather assurance of all-wheel drive. As was the case last year, …

Rating 65/100 Background The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class means to provide family transportation for up to seven people and do so while showcasing the engineering and craftsmanship one expects from a car wearing the three-pointed star. While there are plenty of family-friendly SUVs and plenty more luxury SUVs, the Mercedes GL is one of the few …

Rating 73/100 Background "Nothing succeeds like excess," Oscar Wilde said, and he could have been describing the 2012 Infiniti QX. That’s because Infiniti’s full-size SUV flagship is the quintessential cup-runneth-over by just about every measure you’d care to name. Last year’s complete redesign saw the QX move to its own unique platform (previous models were …

Rating 67/100 Background There are big SUVs, and then there’s the 2012 Cadillac Escalade. There are luxury SUVs, and then there’s the Escalade. You could buy any number of more sensible and all-around better vehicles instead, but there’s just no substitute for the Escalade’s visual presence and grand celebration of wealth and power. The Escalade …

Rating 62/100 Background The 2011 Toyota Sequoia marks the 10th year of production for this perennial overachiever. Ever since its last redesign three years ago, the Sequoia’s generous helpings of torque, interior volume and civilized road manners have kept it a top choice among full-size SUVs. Thanks to its available 5.7-liter V8, the 2011 Sequoia …

Rating 68/100 Background As prevalent as it might be in these days of downsizing and budget cuts to dismiss full-size SUVs as relics of the past, they exist for very good reasons, most of which are clearly demonstrated by the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Despite the considerable price of ownership, the GL presents a perfectly logical …