The 2012 Infiniti QX 56 4WD was so well-received that the only thing that Indiniti felt they needed to change was to move the mirror buttons fron the dash to the door.   So they did.   Otherwise you’ll find little changed year-to-year.

The QX is the “Big Boy” of Infiniti’s SUV family…seating up to 8 depending upon how it’s configured…and powered by a big, strong 400 HP 5.6 liter V-8 with a 7-speed automatic.

And “Big Boy ” it is…in virtually every aspect…size, power, features, capability…and price.

For starters, the QX is big and tall…not really fitting into my ( old ) garage…and just making it under the fixtures of most in-town parking garages by inches.

Power?   Yes.    400 HP can move this rolling condo with haste when needed.

Capability?  With all-wheel-drive, the QX is perfect for towing boats, jet skis, or bikes into “iffy” areas with no drama.   Infiniti’s 7-speed auto comes with snow and tow modes…as well as 4WD “high” and “low” settings…giving you pretty much every option for every situation.

Features?  Now that’ll take a while.  The folks who designed the QX 56 pretty much checked the “ALL” column when designing this vehicle.

The QX 56 comes standard with what would be top-of-the-line extras on lesser vehicles.

Heated multi-adjustable leather seating with 2-way power lumbar support, for both the driver and front passenger, power telescoping heated steering wheel, power 60 / 40 folding and reclining third-row seating, power folding / tilting rear-view mirrors, power rear liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlamps, hard-drive nav with voice recognition, XM with weather and restaurant guide, front and rear sonar, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, side-impact air-bags for all three rows, vehicle dynamic control with traction control, and a Class IV tow hitch….all STANDARD for $64,640 including four-wheel-drive and destination charges.

Need more?

Our test QX 56 came with a $3,100 theatre package, which included dual 7-inch color monitors with wireless headphones and controls, auxiliary audio /video input jacks, a 120 V outlet, and heated second row seats.

And for another $3,000 we had a Tech Package that included intelligent cruise control, blind-spot warning and intervention, lane-departure warning and intervention, intelligent brake-assist with forward collision-warning and more.

Can it drive itself?   Not quite yet, but stay tuned!

A $4,650 Deluxe Touring Package added even more speakers incorporated into a surround-sound system, cooled front seats to compliment the standard heated seats, semi-anline leather, motion control, automatic-leveling headlights headlight washers and a few other odds and ends.

Top it off with  $2,4500 22” tire and alloy package and you’ll drive out at $78,140.

Now…$78,000 is a bit more than I paid for my first house a long ,long time ago…

but my first house was no way nearly as well-appointed as the Infiniti QX56.        ( Neither is my current house.)

In short, Infiniti’s new QX56 can haul 6-8 people rapidly…in more luxury than you’ll find this side of a Bentley Limo…and as safely as technology permits these days.   And if you can afford the $60,000 – $75,000 entry-fee, the 14 – 20 MPG ratings probably won’t phase you either.

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