A big and bold badass for the road.
The QX56 is probably the largest SUV Iâ€™ve ever driven. In fact, I believe Iâ€™ve lived in apartments smaller than its interior. Moments after climbing in, I began to think of it as a limo on steroids. Aside from the cushy factor, itâ€™s laced with technology to make life easier, like four power outlets to charge everyoneâ€™s laptops and cell phones, and a genius notification system that actually honks when youâ€™ve put the right amount of air in the tires. My favorite feature, though, was subtler. In most lane-departure systems, a chime sounds when you stray over the dotted white linesâ€”an auditory reprimand. The QX takes things a step further: Not only does a chime sound, but the two wheels on the opposite side of the car gently brake themselves to pull you back into your laneâ€”extremely handy for guys trying to cruise cooly past the eye candy on Venice Beach. Not that Iâ€™d know. â€“SeÌkouWrites
Admittedly, I was intimidated when all 5 feet 6 inches of me climbed into this mammoth SUV. But then I settled into the eight-way power heated leather captainâ€™s seat, admired the mocha burl trim, adjusted the ample outside mirrors, and backed up using the 360-degree monitor. I powered up smoothly as I took off down Manhattanâ€™s West Side Highway in a rainstorm of epic proportions. We sailed through knee-high puddles (New Yorkâ€™s infamous potholes) with elegant ease. That baby was facile enough to navigate in a tight indoor parking lot and roomy enough to pack in a huge load of pickings from Costco. To note: The third row of seats tilts or folds flat with the push of a button. For snowy days, the QX56 comes equipped with snow and tow modes, All-Mode 4WD, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and tri-zone climate control (a must for backseat passengers). The supersize SUV is also profile-worthyâ€”my car was a delicious dark currant color. â€“Holly Reich
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