2016 QX80 New Car Test Drive
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.
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 ($63,250) includes leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, hard-drive navigation, DVD audio, satellite radio, 20-inch wheels, sunroof, power liftgate, 13-speaker Bose audio, keyless ignition, and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Buyers can opt for a three-place, second-row bench seat in place of the dual buckets for eight-passenger seating.
QX80 4WD ($66,350) adds four-wheel drive.
QX80 Limited 4WD ($88,850) comes only with four-wheel drive, and includes quilted leather seat upholstery, wood trim, a suede-like headliner, Bose 15-speaker audio, an Around View monitor, 22-inch forged alloy wheels, and several active-safety features.
The Signature Edition option package has eight-passenger seating, backup collision intervention, forward collision and blind-spot warnings, and adaptive cruise control.
Rather than a simple rearview camera, the QX80 gets a surround-view system. A Driver Assistance package adds back-up collision intervention, forward collision warning, a blind-spot monitor, and adaptive cruise control. The Deluxe Technology package adds lane-departure warning/prevention, blind-spot intervention, and adaptive front lighting.