Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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I'll chime in here with some thoughts....
Back in 08 we looked at the typicals and had several of your finalists. The wife and I both liked the GL but there was a definite size difference btwn it and the Armada/QX. I don't believe that new version has grown much at all. We went with the Infiniti (abt an 8K price difference if I remember correctly) b/c we didn't want to feel like we were "cheaping" out. We had done that once before, getting a Nissan Pathfinder instead of the QX4 and didn't want to do it again. Great decision for us. It was well worth it and we've had a great experience with our QX56.
One of my co-workers just got a loaded '12 QX56 and she loves it for all the same reasons that you mention. Every time I take the QX in for service they offer me the new QX. It does drive/feel noticeably nicer than our version. That alone would be worth it for me! I love our current interior, but the new version is much improved. The exterior styling is not great but I'm sure it would grow on me, much like ours grew on me. The big thing holding us up on trading in is that I want to see the new Denali and Escalades b/c our next truck wil likely be a Suburban/XL sized truck. We could make do with the QX but with 3 growing kids (8, 4, 2) who are getting into sports and such, I would rather have the room to be able to split them into captain's chairs and the 3rd row while still having space behind the 3rd row. Storage behind the 3rd row is limited on the QX.
Good luck on your decision...by reading your posts, it sounds like you really want the QX. I say, "go for it"....it's always easy to spend someone else's money!
2008 Infiniti QX56 4x4 (Tuscan Pearl/Wheat), 2009 Audi Q7 S-Line (Daytona Gray/Black), 2009 Infiniti G37xS (Garnet Red/Stone), 1994 Mazda Miata (Laguna Blue/Black), Previous Nissans:, 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4x4 (sold 2/08), 1993.5 Infiniti G20-manual (RIP 7/8/04)