A standard rearview camera makes up the only major addition to the 2005 Infiniti QX56. This rear-wheel-drive, full-size luxury SUV holds three rows of seats, fitting up to eight passengers if you replace the standard heated leather captain's chairs in the second row with a bench seat. This seat folds and can be removed, while the third row folds flat, expanding cargo space to 61 cubic feet. The front passenger seat also folds down.
A 315-hp, 5.6-liter DOHC V8 and 5-speed shiftable automatic sit under the hood, delivering 390 ft-lbs of torque. Clocking in at 206 inches in length, the 2005 QX56 can be difficult to maneuver, but standard safety features include 18-inch wheels, traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, automatic headlights, xenon lamps, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags for all rows. Adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance from the car in front of you, is available as an option.
Oozing luxury, there are plenty of bells and whistles to keep passengers happy, such as leather upholstery, 10-way and 8-way power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, heated seats in the first two rows, intermittent front and rear wipers, automatic climate control, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the 6-CD changer and Bose sound system, driver's memory settings, remote entry, a garage-door opener, navigation system, and heated mirrors. Second-row passengers also have climate and audio controls. Leather and real wood trim dress up the interior.
Outside, you'll find running boards to help with access, and a standard roof rack adds more cargo options. The QX56 is also set up to tow a trailer up to around 9,000 pounds. Options include satellite radio, a DVD player with wireless headphones, and a sunroof. A good engine with great pickup, lots of interior space, and luxury style all appeal to owners of the 2005 QX56, but serious brake wear and interior rattling cause problems.