Infiniti QX80

2016 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti QX80 is a luxurious, full-size SUV with three-row seating for seven or eight occupants. Built with traditional body-on-frame construction and last redesigned for 2011, it packs a lot of luxury into an upscale cabin, competing near the upper end of the market.

For the 2016 model year, Infiniti has added a limited run of 1,000 Signature Edition models with a Saddle Tan high-contrast interior, split-bench rear seat, bodyside moldings, rear entertainment system, and the full complement of safety features.

Previously known as the QX56, the Infiniti QX80 features big-V8 power and moderate off-road capability, helped by its high ground clearance and truck-based structure.

Each QX80 holds a 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, driving a 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive optional. A QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds. Performance is adequate for a three-row SUV of this size and weight.

Available full-time four-wheel drive has a truly low drive ratio. Torque is biased to the rear, but can be split 50/50 when tires begin to slip. Hill-start assist is standard, and the rear end contains an automatic-leveling setup that helps with hauling.

Interior space is abundant, with a high seating position. The QX80 is equipped with plush, exclusive trim and amenities.

Distinctive materials are the main attraction inside, especially for the top Limited model and the short-run Signature Edition (which is an option group).

Available active-safety features include a collision warning system and adaptive headlights. Lane-departure prevention can gently nudge the QX80 back into its lane. Other tech features include backup collision warning, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems.


2015 Infiniti QX80

The 2015 Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV gets a new exterior design, an upgraded interior, more standard features, and a new Limited Package.

Formerly called QX56, the largest vehicle from Nissans luxury division was renamed QX80 for the 2014 model year. The QX prefix designates it as an SUV, while the 80 suffix denotes the largest model in the QX series, which includes the smaller QX50, QX60, and QX70.

Leading the changes to the 2015 Infiniti QX80 exterior are a revised front bumper, new grille insert design, integrated rear bumper protector, flush front and rear sonar sensors, new LED signature headlights with High Beam Assist, LED three-blink turn signals and fog lights, and new 20-inch and 22-inch wheel designs.

Inside, Mocha Burl trim (formerly available on the Deluxe Touring Package) replaces Tuscan Burl as the standard trim. A new burl trim, Strafford Burl, is added to the new Deluxe Technology Package. A Mocha Burl and leather-wrapped steering wheel comes standard on the 2015 QX80.

The new Limited Package, available on fully equipped 2015 QX80 AWD models, features dark chrome 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dark chrome interior trim, stainless steel running board caps with rubber grips, under running board welcome lighting, darkened headlight inner lens, darkened taillight inner lens, dark chrome A-pillar covers and six exterior colors. The Limited Packages unique interior includes rich semi-aniline Truffle Brown leather appointments with a unique quilted pattern, open pore matte finish ash wood trim, Ultrasuede headliner and pillars, leather-covered grab handles and speaker grilles, unique floor and trunk mats and unique silver switchgear on the center stack.

Otherwise, QX80 is mostly unchanged for 2015. This second-generation version was launched as for the 2011 model year and was freshened for 2013.

Infiniti QX80 competes with seven-seat luxury SUVs Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and Range Rover.

QX80 comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the latter with a five-mode system. All models use a powerful 5.6-liter, 32-valve, double-overhead-cam V8 engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing and lift, making 400 horsepower and a hefty 413 pound-feet of torque. The 7-speed double-overdrive transmission enables good acceleration from the 5600-pound vehicle.

Fuel economy ratings for the 2015 QX80 are an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg City/Highway, or 16 mpg Combined, whether with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Premium gasoline is required.

We found the V8 engine very responsive and the transmission is very smooth, like its not even there. The burly V8 is a satisfying engine, producing 413 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. At lower rpm, theres strong torque for quick acceleration when merging onto a busy highway. The transmission has Adaptive Shift Control, matching a drivers style, and a manual shift mode that provides a sportscar-like downshift blip. Infiniti calls it Downshift Rev Matching. Thats something you dont find on every giant SUV. When properly equipped, a QX80 can tow 8,500 pounds.

Ride quality is firm, overly so at times, but usually comfortable, with sharp handling for a full-size SUV, assisted by sophisticated electronics.

The all-wheel-drive QX80 has a five-mode dial on the center console: automatic, four-wheel-drive high, four-wheel-drive low, low lock, tow mode and snow mode. Automatic mode transfers engine torque between the front and rear axles, from 0 front/100 rear, all the way to 50/50. We found it felt secure underway, even on icy highways.

The QX80 big. It seats seven with second-row captains chairs, or eight with a three-seat bench in the second row. Between the captains chairs theres a gigantic console with two storage bins and two cupholders. Stepping in is relatively easy, and running boards help ease the entry process. Back in the third row, riders get good headroom and relatively good legroom, and the seats recline 20 degrees. Threes a crowd in the third row, though, so the QX80 is best thought of as a six-seater.

Cargo capacity is generous. Theres a modest 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row up, good for a small grocery trip, close to 50 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded, growing to a whopping 95.1 cubic feet with both rows down. The power liftgate works well and the button to close it is conveniently located on the inside of the hatch. The 60/40 third-row seat folds nearly flat, by pushing a pair of power buttons located in the cargo space.


2014 Infiniti QX80

Now in its fourth year of the current generation, the Infiniti QX80 is big, wide and round. Therefore, it rides among the grandiose group of seven-seat luxury SUVs with hefty towing capacities: Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg, and Range Rover.

For 2014, the biggest vehicle from Nissan's luxury division also has a revised model designation, in keeping with the company's new, numerically sequenced lineup. Little has changed beneath the badge, but what was previously the QX56 is now called the QX80. Needless to say, the 80 suffix denotes the largest model in the QX series, which also includes the QX50, QX60, and QX70. Among the few actual changes for 2014, a Backup Collision Intervention system has been added to the optional Technology Package.

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with a five-mode system. Each QX80 uses a powerful 5.6-liter, 32-valve, double-overhead-cam V8 engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing and lift, making 400 horsepower and a hefty 413 pound-feet of torque.

The 7-speed double-overdrive transmission enables good acceleration from the 5600-pound vehicle, and can deliver 17 mpg fuel mileage at easy freeway speed, though it's a lot less thrifty around town or at speeds over 70 mph. Even with that many gears, the transmission is a joy to behold: smooth, like it's not even there. The transmission has Adaptive Shift Control, matching a driver's style, and a manual shift mode that provides a sportscar-like downshift blip. Infiniti calls it Downshift Rev Matching. That's something you don't find on every giant SUV.

The all-wheel-drive QX80 has a five-mode dial on the center console: automatic, four-wheel-drive high, four-wheel-drive low, low lock, tow mode and snow mode. Automatic mode transfers engine torque between the front and rear axles, from 0 front/100 rear, all the way to 50/50.

If the QX80 were to be described in a word, it would have to be big. The QX80 seats seven with second-row captain's chairs, or eight with a three-seat bench in the second row. Between the captain's chairs there's a gigantic console with two storage bins and two cupholders. Step-in height is greater than 22 inches, to either the front seat or the second row. Running boards can definitely help ease the entry process.

The 60/40 third-row seat folds flat, by pushing a power button located in the cargo space. Back in the third row, riders get good headroom and relatively good legroom, and the seats recline 20 degrees. There's a modest 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row up, close to 50 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded, growing to a whopping 95.1 cubic feet with both rows down.

The QX80's ride is firm but comfortable, with solid handling assisted by sophisticated electronics. In our test-drives, Infiniti's big SUV felt secure even on icy highways.

The burly V8 is a satisfying engine, producing 413 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. At lower rpm, there's strong torque, too. But it takes a lot of premium fuel for the engine to push this three-ton SUV down the highway. The QX80 is EPA-estimated at 14/20 mpg City/Highway.

Standard features include an Around View Monitor with moving object detection, and Bose 13-speaker premium audio. An available Bose Cabin Surround sound system has digital 5.1 decoding and 15 speakers. The optional Theater Package has dual 7inch color monitors, which allow different sources to play at the same time. When properly equipped, a QX80 can tow 8,500 pounds.


 

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