DALLAS, September 18, 2013 — What vehicle offers comfort, luxury, class, and high-tech options packing a solid punch?
The 2013 Infiniti QX, a large luxury SUV with a lot of attitude.
And for good reason, with the ability of the QX to tow thanks to its V8 engine, who can deny that this vehicle can easily keep up with the competition: the Mercedes GL-Class and the Cadillac Escalade ESV.
New on the Infiniti QX this year is an around-view monitor and a third-row seat that folds faster than in years past.
Offered in only one trim, the 2013 Infiniti QX seats up to eight passengers with either a rear or four-wheel drive and 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, heated power-folding mirrors, a sunroof, running boards, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors.
Also standard are a keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, a heated 10-way-adjustable driver seat with memory, parking camera, and second-row captain’s chairs as well as the much-appreciated power-folding 60/40-split third-row seat.
This Infiniti also offers Bluetooth phone connectivity with streaming audio and a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic.
There are also options if these standard features aren’t enough, like the Theater package with a rear seat dual-screen video entertainment system, a 120-volt household-type power outlet and heated second-row seats. There is the option to add a Split Bench Seat package with captain’s chairs in the second row, a center console, and a 60/40-split-folding bench.
To get 22-inch wheels you will want to add the Deluxe Touring package that also comes with Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension, headlight washers, an upgraded climate control system, heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and special wood trim.
Electronics are upgraded too with a 15-speaker Bose surround-sound or add even more with the Technology package that will give you adaptive headlights and cruise control, a lane departure warning and a variety of safety features to help prevent accidents.
Under the hood you can expect a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. There is a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, but you can also opt for the four-wheel drive.
For safety, the 2013 Infiniti QX offers stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side-impact and full-length side curtain airbags, and front active head restraints. Of course, with the added packages there is also the availability of a lane-departure warning and prevention system, collision alert, brake assist applying the brakes if the driver does not and a blind-spot warning system.
Inside the Infiniti QX, you will find sedan-expected luxury with all the knobs well-placed and easy to find and use. The camera is 360 degrees, meaning you can see images from the four separate cameras put together for a view of the vehicle from the top down. Good for parallel parking, but even better is that for 2013 the camera now offers the ability to detect objects moving around outside too.
Keep in mind however, that in the third row of seats, legroom is limited and is probably best suited to the younger generation. The power-folding 60/40-split bench has about 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, but with both second and third rows folded down you can get an impressive 95- cubic feet of space for hauling.
Good acceleration getting on the highway or wherever you might roam, this is an excellent road trip vehicle since the seats are so comfortable and the ride so easy.
Should You Need to Know: When equipped properly, this Infiniti QX can tow up to 8,500 pounds with a tow/haul mode for the transmission and there is also an automatic-leveling rear suspension.
Miles Per Gallon: 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway for a combined 16 miles per gallon.
Cost: The 2013 Infiniti QX56 that I drove had 4WD and came in at $78,140.
Rita Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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