2018 QX80 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX80 is a full-size, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive SUV that can seat seven or eight and uses a big 5.6-liter V8. No crossover here, and luxury all the way, this is a traditional large sport-utility vehicle.
All-wheel drive is available.
The QX80 was last redesigned for 2011, when it took over the platform of the Nissan Patrol SUV, leaving behind the platform of the Nissan Titan pickup truck. Even with its dated design, it feels plush and exclusive. Its most recognizable rival might be the Cadillac Escalade. The Range Rover tops the class, which also includes the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The 2017 Infiniti QX80 gets no mechanical changes, only small things. The available emergency braking system adds pedestrian detection, trailer sway control is added to all models, and there are color changes for the sheetmetal and cabin. The 2017 Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition comes loaded with high-contrast leather, special wheels and other features.
All models come with a 5.6-liter V8 making a whumping 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. That's less horsepower than some rivals, although performance is adequate, with acceleration from zero to 60 in less than 7 seconds. The ride is excellent but the handling is clumsy, unlike the Range Rover. QX80 is rated to tow up to 8500 pounds.
Since the QX80 is closely related to the Nissan Patrol, off-roading is in its genes, with an available all-wheel-drive system that's simple, and uses a low gear ratio. The torque is biased to the rear, but can go to 50/50 front/rear when the rear wheels slip. It's equipped with hill start assist.
Naturally, the QX80 gets low fuel mileage, at an EPA-rated 14/20/16 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined. It hasn't been crash-tested in recent years, but its sheer size should make it safe.
The 2017 Infiniti QX80 ($63,850) comes standard with leather upholstery, navigation, DVD audio, satellite radio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, sunroof, power tailgate, 20-inch alloy wheels, surround-view camera with cross-traffic alerts, and either dual bucket seats in the second row, or a traditional bench seat. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
QX80 AWD ($66,950) gets all-wheel drive.
Options packages are Deluxe Technology, Theater, and Driver Assistance, including adaptive headlights with automatic dimming, lane departure warning and prevention, backup collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
QX80 AWD Limited ($89,450) comes with the Deluxe, Technology and Theater packages. It gets a Truffle Brown cabin with wood trim and brown, black, and silver leather. The exterior gets dark chrome trim, dark headlamp and taillamp lenses, stainless steel running board caps with ground lighting, and 22-inch wheels.