$49,800 – $52,800 MSRP
$45,750 – $48,501 Invoice
13 / 18 MPG City/Hwy
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Infiniti's flagship SUV, the QX56, enters the 2006 model year with minor enhancements, most notably the addition of heated outside mirrors that feature electrochromic auto-dimming, power adjustment, and integrated turn signals. A Bluetooth-enabled hands-free phone system is now standard, as is MP3 playback capability with the 6-disc CD changer, as well as a 60/40 split for the third-row seat.
Arriving on the heels of its Nissan Armada cousin, the current-generation QX56 is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive and comes standard with a 5.6L, 315-hp DOHC V-8 mated to a 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. Four-wheel-drive (4WD) models receive Infiniti's All-Mode 4WD system that includes an electronically-controlled transfer case featuring two-wheel-drive/4HI/4LOW modes. Vehicle dynamic control with brake-activated traction control is also standard, as well as ABS-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. Safety features for the QX56 include front dual-stage airbags, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Additionally, the front seats receive active headrests, knee bolsters, a vehicle immobilizer system, and child safety rear door locks.
Appointed with luxury in mind, the QX comes with leather seating surfaces; 10-way driver and 6-way passenger seat with memory; front- and second-row seat heater; leather, wood and aluminum interior trim; a DVD-based navigation system; a rear-view monitor; Bose audio system with 6-disc CD changer and MP3 capability; and dual-zone front and rear climate control. Notable options include a power tilt/slide glass sunroof, a mobile DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones for rear passengers, choice of XM or Sirius Satellite Radio, intelligent cruise control, and a tow package.
Based on the same platform as the Nissan Armada, the QX competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which includes entries from Cadillac, Hummer, Land Rover, Lincoln and Lexus.The sales leader in the segment is the Cadillac Escalade, which had sales of 29,876 in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Lincoln Navigator (25,844 sales in 2005) and Hummer H2 (16,054) were next on the sales list, with the QX56 tallying 14,711 sales in 2005.