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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Infiniti has thoughtfully added a power recline function to the final row, and it really helps livability.
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Around View Monitor…uses a total of five cameras to help you figure out exactly where the QX56 is in relation to objects around it….It makes short work of parking lots, detritus-laden garages and towing a trailer in tight spaces.
The comically big second-row console…is so big, in fact, that an ill-behaved child of a QX56 owner could be stuffed into it, not that we recommend that usage. There aren't any seatbelts in there, after all.
That $2850 Tech Package is of more dubious use, because it gives the driver more opportunity to be more passive about his driving.
A fully equipped 4WD 2011 Infiniti QX56 will land you at $71,850, which is an awful lot of money, but a bit less than what you'd pay for an Escalade or a Mercedes-Benz GL450 (the QX's No. 3 rival).
Champagne taste meets its match inside the QX56. It’s not quite the tech orgy you’ll find inside a Lincoln MKT or a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, but the QX56 does come standard with power everything; navigation with a hard drive that also stores music; DVD audio and satellite radio; 20-inch wheels; a moonroof; a power tailgate; Bluetooth with audio streaming; pushbutton start; USB connectivity for audio players; and leather trim.
Big spenders can indulge in the Deluxe Touring Package, which adds on the fancy hydraulic suspension; 22-inch wheels; ventilated front seated; heated second-row seats; tip-up second-row seats for easier third-row entry and exit; and “semi-aniline” leather, which means it’s treated less for a more natural look. Given the sweet style of the wheels and the pleasant dryness that the ventilated seats bring, we’d opt for this, even though the driving sensation of the upcharge suspension isn’t hugely changed.
Another add-on is a Theater Package, with twin headrest LCD screens and wireless headphones; remote controls; and auxiliary inputs for games and players. The Technology Package bundles all the safety add-ons plus xenon headlamps, adaptive headlights, power-folding side mirrors, and a three-zone automatic climate control system.
Lastly, you can opt to swap the second-row chairs for a three-seat bench at no cost. Savor the second-row seats and the huge console before deciding you’ll need the extra seat more.
Missing only in-car satellite TV, the QX56 transports us in entertaining fashion—but we’ll pass on the high-tech driving nannies.