Family-friendly feature: Posh seating
On sale: July
The all-new 2011 QX56 has a long list of electronic gadgets that the Japanese brands excel in, like a Bluetooth system with hands-free phone and streaming audio, optional video screens and a navigation system that includes data from the Zagat Survey restaurant guide. But it's the big, cushy leather seats that will keep passengers happy for a long road trip. Even the folding third-row seats recline. The new model gets a new V-8 engine that gets 25 percent more power than the engine it replaces, at 400 horsepower, but 10 percent better gas mileage. The bad news is, that's still only about 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the new model.