Like Phil, I also subjected this luxury SUV to blue-collared duty. I towed my racing car and trailer to a car show in downtown Ann Arbor, about 64 miles away. The massive QX did quite well doing the job, however the brakes felt too soft. I was impressed with the 5.6-liter V-8 engine's pulling power when moving off from a standstill. It's no diesel, but it pulled hard thanks to the 413 lb-ft of torque.
The exterior is another story. I didn't find anybody who liked the way this new QX looked. But if you can look past the exterior, though, the cabin of the QX is absolutely beautiful, with the tan-leather seating surfaces and accented stitching. Our loaded four-wheel-drive test vehicle came with the deluxe touring package and the theatre package, some $8250 worth of add-ons, which means passengers can watch movies while sitting on a cooled seat.
- Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator