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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).
It's a little less tech-frenzied than crossovers like the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Flex, but the Infiniti QX56 has its own vast array of electronica and infotainment hardware that befits a sport-ute of its size and price class.
Each QX has a raft of standard luxury and convenience features, including the requisite power locks, windows, and mirrors; sunroof; leather upholstery; AM/FM/CD/DVD player with satellite radio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and USB connectivity; a moonroof; a navigation with a hard drive for map and music storage; and 20-inch wheels.
For the 2013 model year, it also adds standard auto-dimming side rearview mirrors, and cross-traffic alerts to its 360-degree exterior camera.
Option packages add on more upscale features, the kind you'll also find in the Escalade and Range Rover. A hydraulic suspension is available; so are ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats; 22-inch wheels; and easy-folding second-row seats for access to the third row.
A Technology Package groups features like blind-spot monitors with adaptive headlights, and a three-zone automatic climate control system. There's also a Theater Package, which includes dual LCD displays for the back seat, alone with remote controls, wireless headphones, and auxiliary inputs for gaming systems. It gets a new remote control and a new user interface this year.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.
High-end finishes, audio and infotainment systems pit the QX56 against the best of the top-dollar sport-utes.