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Car Tech Spotlight: Remotely folding seats in the 2013 Infiniti QX56

Access to third-row seats in the big SUV is as easy as hitting a switch on the dashboard.

By Douglas Newcomb Apr 26, 2013 8:03AM

Infiniti QX56Any luxury vehicle should be big on comfort, and a large luxury SUV with three rows of seats should make life even easier. They don’t come much larger than the 2013 Infiniti QX56, a throwback to an era of supersized SUVs and among the last of a bulky breed.

While the QX56 is loaded with comforts, such as a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and tri-zone climate controls, one feature stood out to me: Pressing a switch on the dashboard remotely tips the passenger-side second-row captain’s chair forward for easy access to the third--row seats.

While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s one of those little luxuries you don't know you need until you need it, as I found out after a long day of shuttling kids around.

My time in the QX56 coincided with my son’s birthday party and a full day of touring skate parks with a group of his friends -- and dad as the dedicated chaperone and chauffeur. I’ve driven other large SUVs in which my group of sugar-addled preteens figure out the mystery of tipping the middle seats forward. It’s as if they have to relearn it every time -- and fight over who gets to show the others they know how.

But as they argued over who was going to sit where, all I had to do was hit the switch on the dash to have the second-row seat tip forward -- and yell at them to get in the vehicle so we could get to the next stop on the skate park tour.

This kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap. It’s part of the $3,100 Theater Package option, which also includes a 7-inch screen on the back of each front-seat headrest, the usual accessories (wireless headphones and remote) plus heated second-row seats.

But not only did the remote-tip feature for the second-row seats make life easier for me on that long day, but the video system also made the ride home quieter.

May 1, 2013 7:08AM
Chevrolet/GMC/Cadillac Tahoe/Suburban, Yukon/XL, Escalade/ESV do the same thing...except both seats fold forward instead of one.
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