At over 17-feet long and 6-feet wide, the 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited comes to us with dimensions that rival just about anything on the road. The quiet interior is a luxurious combination of leather and wood, it can tow up to 8,500-lbs when properly equipped, and it even boogies to 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds, thanks to a robust 400-horsepower 5.6L V8. It also has bodylines that are like nothing else on the road.
Is it for everyone? Well, that’s yet to be seen. What we do know is that when used to its full potential, the 2019 Infiniti QX80 is one of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market today.
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Exterior
Covered in Hermosa Blue paint and wearing massive 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels, the QX80 Limited is an intimidating sight when it appears in your rearview mirror. That massive brushed grille is flanked by LED trimmed projector beam headlamps, while auxiliary driving lights are located in the lower fascia. Subtle fender flares are a nice touch, and lead the eye towards the fixed running boards that are a welcome sight for those of a smaller stature as the step-in height of the QX80 is almost 2-feet high.
Up top, a large rack with 100-pound capacity crossbars is there to aid with extra cargo, while a roof-mounted spoiler with integrated third brake light shadows the rear window. LED rear taillights run from the body into the mechanized rear hatch, while a brushed aluminum skid plate protects the rear bumper when the loading and unloading of heavy items occurs. By combining brushed and black trim accents, Infiniti has done a nice job of fooling the eye into making the QX80 Limited appear smaller than it actually is.
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Interior
The cabin of the QX80 combines simplistic luxury and technology in a way that many buyers will appreciate. From an ergonomic standpoint, the interior is well laid-out and comfortable, with all the controls and features readily accessible. Up front, power adjustable seats (ten-way for the driver, eight for the passenger) with heat and ventilation, offer a great combination of comfort and support. Those in the second row are treated to twin seven-inch color monitors, along with heated surfaces and manually operated recline. Third-row seating is available but is better suited to small children. Rear HVAC controls and a large center console also help to aid in passenger comfort.
Other amenities include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heat, an advanced climate control system, a power 60/40 folding second row, and a fold-flat third row. Infiniti navigation, NavTraffic and Weather, BOSE audio, climate and vehicle settings can all be accessed via the large center mounted LCD touchscreen. Intelligent cruise control with distance control assist is also included on Limited models. Cargo space ranges from 17 cubic-feet with the rear two rows up, to an impressive 95 cubic-feet with all rows stowed.
2016 Infiniti QX80 Limited Performance
Under that large hood resides a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Shifts were seamless, with abrupt downshifts occurring when liberal throttle was applied. Running at 70 mph with the engine turning at 2,000 rpm, we achieved around 18 mpg, which is respectable for vehicle with a curb weight of over 5,800 pounds. We also found that the QX80 was inline with the EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 19 mpg on the highway, 13 mpg in the city and 15 mpg during combined driving*.
Driving at speed is confidence inspiring, thanks to a great all-wheel drive system and VDC (vehicle dynamic control) which works in conjunction with the traction control system to provide the driver with a full-sized SUV that is not only capable, but sure-footed even in the most inclement weather. Also keep in mind that unlike many full-size SUVs, the QX80 is also off-road capable, with three different drive modes (Auto, 4-Wheel High, 4-Wheel Low) along with separate settings for snow and towing.
There’s a lot of technology here that many folks won’t actually see, but instead feel. Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion control, for instance, enhances cornering capabilities and improves overall ride quality. It’s no canyon carver, but for a truck of this size, handling was above average, but if you get too anxious, the weight does become apparent. That aside, the QX80 is a joy to drive, with good outward visibility and a quiet cabin. Braking was also consistent with other SUVs in the segment.
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Safety
With an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), front seat mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags, Infiniti has engineered the 2019 QX80 Limited with safety in mind. There’s also ABS, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Backup Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning with Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Prevention.
Additional safety features can be explored by visiting InfinitiUSA.com.
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Overall
With a base price of $89,800 and an as-tested price of $91,450, the 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited stands out from others in the segment, as it combine smooth and organic styling with a rugged and reliable power plant. It’s also one of the few full-size haulers that families can still take off-road, and with an 8,500-pound towing capacity, hauling those extra toys is never an issue. This one is definitely worth a look!
Drop by your local AutoNation-afiliated Infiniti dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $91,450.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.