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.