In the middle of November 2017, INFINITI dropped a new upgraded version of their flagship QX80 SUV. With a striking new design that now matches the rest of the INFINITI lineup, the new QX80 received a much-needed refresh that it was hungry piping. Well, we recently test drove the INFINITI QX80 and thought we’d take a closer look at INFINITI’s giant behemoth.
The INFINITI QX80 is the brand’s answer to other large luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and Lincoln Navigator. The large INFINITI can accelerate instantly and tow up to 8,500 pounds thanks to its 400 horsepower V8 engine. It also goes head-to-head with its competitors in terms of extravagance and comfort. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new INFINITI QX80.
INFINITI QX80 Limited Exterior
Up until the new 2018 model, the INFINITI QX80 kept its current polarizing design language since the second-generation model was unveiled in 2010. Why do we say polarizing? Well, it seems that the exterior design of the current INFINITI QX80 has some mixed reactions. Many love it and many hate it – but what’s important to us is that INFINITI aims to set it apart from the crowd. Even the 2018 INFINITI QX80 isn’t a far departure from the 2017 model year as it still has a pronounced hood and an overall yacht-like presence. The major differences for the 2018 model, which will hit dealers in a couple of months, are basically the headlamps and the taillights.
Our test model, the 2017 INFINITI QX80 Limited came with additional exterior design elements including shadow tints on the headlamps and taillights, smoked chrome trim, and 22-inch wheels that are finished in a brownish-matte color.
The 2017 INFINITI QX80 sits on a wheelbase that measures 121.1-inches with an overall length of 209-inches. The width comes in at at a whopping 80-inches while the height stands tall at 75.8-inches.
Overall, the exterior of the 2017 INFINITI QX80 may be up for debate, but its presence definitely makes an impression.
INFINITI QX80 Limited Interior
Take a seat inside the INFINITI QX80 and you’ll definitely feel powerful and rich. The interior is packed with all the luxury you could imagine including leather appointments on anything your fingers touch, real wood grain, and a suede-like material for the headliner.
The INFINITI QX80 Limited gets a few extras including a Truffle Brown color scheme, leather seats with piping and stitching, quilted patterns on the seats and center console, natural open-pore wood trim and a bunch of other upscale and elegant touches. The second row features two spacious captain seats that offer plenty of room and easy access to the third row. Dimensions wise, front row passengers enjoy 39.6-inches of legroom, the second row gets 41-inches of legroom, and the third row gets 28.8-inches of legroom. One thing we did notice is that the seats are positioned rather high, but that will give you a great view of the road ahead.
Tech wise, the INFINITI QX80 comes with the standard INFINITI navigation system, tri-zone climate control, a thirteen speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth, heated seats, USB ports, and other goodies. Our Limited test model was outfitted with the Theater Package that gives you dual seven-inch monitors for the second row, two wireless headsets, a wireless remote, and heated second row seats. It also includes the Deluxe Technology Package which adds a fifteen speaker Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, advanced climate control, and second-row footwell lamps.
Overall, the interior of the INFINITI QX80 is huge, luxurious, comfortable, and a wonderful place to be.
INFINITI QX80 Limited Performance
Power for the INFINITI QX80 comes from a 5.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 400 horsepower with a peak torque of 413 lb-ft. That is mated to a 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control that allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 133 mph.
If you’re hitting the road for a long road-trip you’ll be glad to know that the INFINITI QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds and the optional INFINITI All-Mode 4WD system should help you fight off adverse weather conditions.
Concerned about fuel economy? Well, with something this big and the powerful V8 engine you shouldn’t really expect anything outstanding. The INFINITI QX80 gets an EPA-rated fuel economy of 14/20* mpg (city/highway).
INFINITI QX80 Limited Safety
The INFINITI QX80 Limited comes standard with around view monitor with moving object detection and front and rear traffic alert systems. Adding on the Driver Assistance Package will give you a bunch of extras including backup collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, and more.
INFINITI QX80 Limited Overall
Yes, the INFINITI QX80 is aging — but this giant behemoth proves that it can stand the test of time. All the designers really had to upgrade were the headlamps and taillights since this is already an outstanding full-size luxury SUV. Prices for the INFINITI QX80 start at $63,580**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated INFINITI dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.