Infinity 2012 QX 56 SUV for towing trailers

Infiniti QX56 SUV 2012, a Unique Towing Machine

Amazing list of standard features

By H. Kent Sundling

I matched the colors well with the Infiniti QX56 and Logan Coach horse trailer for this review. The QX56 is a fun ride that works well towing trailers. With a 8500 lb. trailer capacity, the Q56 can tow a 3 horse trailer under control. Rear automatic air leveling ride kept the trailers I towed, level. Even the automatic high intensity discharge bi-functional xenon headlights, were auto leveling. A class 4 receiver hitch,  400 hp V-8, 413 torque going through a  7-speed automatic is made for mountain towing.


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Infiniti QX56 SUV Towing


a Logan Coach

Horse Trailer




My favorite option is Intelligent Cruise Control, with three distance settings it brakes or accelerates depending on what the car in front of you is doing. It’s great for driving through cities on interstates and with a trailer it’s like auto pilot. As a $3,000 package it comes with blind spot warning and intervention, lane departure warning and prevention, distance control, intelligent brake control, with forward collision warning, adaptive front lighting system, with auto leveling headlights. Makes you want to crash just to try it out. But don’t, only a test dummy can say that.

The standard feature list goes on and on with power telescoping heated steering wheel, hill start assist, rain sensing windshield wipers, deicers and tri zone temp control. The second row seats power fold forward, the third row seat power fold down and the rear hatch powers up and down. It’s like having a personal assistant.

My second favorite feature is the Around View roof camera’s. It looks like you’re watching from above the roof. When you back up it shows you were you are backing at an angle and straight back with lines to show distance. The same dial for zooming in the GPS monitor adjusts which camera’s you use, side, front, rear and above which shows the sides. It’s incredible to see how close you are to the sides and front bumper with the monitor, day or night.

Handles everywhere to climb in, this is important for an old guy like me. 22 inch wheels fill in the fender wells for a balanced look. Heated seats in the front two rows and express down windows in the front two rows reminds you it is a luxury SUV.  Dial knobs are easy to run, fast to learn, dials you can use without looking at them unlike buttons that you have to look at to find in the dash. Another knob controls the 4×4 hi-lo, traction control, tow mode and snow mode.

I’m getting used to the push button start and keeping the remote key in my pocket. The head lights as well as self level, have a focus beam in dim that you can see the ditches and watch for cows or deer sneaking up on you.

Big SUV with good visibility, air ride, electronic brake force distribution to brake according to cargo position, vehicle dynamic control with traction control keep your trailer straight. It’s capable off road, the running boards are tucked out of the way, I just would hate to scratch it. The paint job is as good as it gets.

Seats for 8, makes the Theater Package with 7 inch monitors on the back of the front headrests, 15 speakers, cordless headsets and wireless remote, great entertainment for my grandkids to watch their “Thomas the Train” DVD.

EPA rates the Q56 at 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Which is what my tank to tank fuel mileage test showed too.

$75,340 MSRP as tested.

Front camera, good for parallel parking Rear camera and side camera shows what your are parked close to Night front camera Lots of buttons in the cockpit
The running board tucks under out of the way for off-roading Second row seat controls The receiver hitch has a cover when not in use Auto leveling air suspension, good for trailering
GPS is awesome, I like the altitude and counting satellites I remember when I wrote down this info, now the computer tracks your maintenance Knob for snow, tow mode, traction control, hi lo 4×4 Heated seats, steering wheel and folding seat controls

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