2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD Test Drive

2018 Infiniti QX80

This week, I am behind the wheel of the 2018 Infiniti QX80, one of the largest SUVs sold in America.  Nissan has been selling this SUV in the U.S. since 2004, although it was called the QX56 for many years.

2018 brought a light freshening for the QX80.  There is a new front fascia and grille, new taillights, and updated side vents on the fenders.

This truck-based SUV only offers one engine, the 5.6-liter V8 that produces 400-horses and 413 lb-ft of torque.  It also only comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission.  You can get it in a two-wheel drive, but my tester is 4-wheel drive.

Impressive Cabin

Infiniti is known for great interiors and the quilted seats and door panels are just gorgeous and very comfortable.  The gauges are easy to read and there is a small driver information center in the middle.

There is a very large center console that houses the gear shifter, cup holders, the 4-wheel drive controls, and a couple of places to put your cell phone.

High and center dash is an 8” color display that houses the 15-speaker Bose stereo, navigation system, Bluetooth, rearview camera, Travel Link, and real-time traffic.  A round controller lets you scroll through camera options, vehicle info, audio options, a suite of apps, and climate control options.

The controller is actually a little hard to reach for me, and the system is a little slow to react.  The system does have a neat feature called In Touch Services that ties the QX80 to your smartphone.

Moving to the center row of seats, there is a huge console between the captain chairs, and those seats flip over for access to the third-row seat.  There is plenty of legroom in the second row and the seats are very comfortable. 

Third-row seating is pretty tight for three adults, but two would likely be comfortable.  There is good room behind the third-row seat, and when folded flat, there is 50 cubic feet of cargo area.

Standard Features and Options

Being a luxury SUV, the QX80 has a long list of standard features, including a host of safety features, power tilt and heated steering wheel, power folding third-row seat, power tailgate, and remote start.

My review vehicle has almost $16,000 in options, including the most expensive item, the Technology Package.  That gets you the Bose surround sound system, heated and cooled front seats, and a Smart rearview mirror that becomes a wide-angle camera at the flip of a switch.  That is a great feature when there are rear passengers blocking your view since the camera is mounted on the exterior of the SUV.

This one also has a DVD player with dual monitors and headphones, 22” wheels, Wi-Fi and Welcome Lighting which turns the interior lights on for you as you approach the vehicle with the key nearby.

Lastly, it has the Driver Assistance package, which is emergency reverse braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with emergency braking.

Handling, Towing, and Fuel Economy

The QX80 handles surprisingly well due to the Hydraulic Body Motion Control system.  The ride is good, and the interior is very quiet.

Fuel economy on this almost 6000-pound SUV is rated at 13 in town and 19 on the road, and it will tow up to 8500 pounds.

So far this year, the Infiniti QX80 is the #2 selling large luxury SUV in America, behind the Cadillac Escalade.  If you need something this size, the QX80 should be on your consideration list.

2018 Infiniti QX80

  • What I liked most: The beautiful interior and the technology. 
  • What I would change: I would upgrade the infotainment system.    
  • MSRP: Base price $67,850, as equipped $84,660.
  • Fuel Economy:  Rated at 13 city/19 highway/15 combined.
  • Official Color: Hermosa Blue exterior, Saddle Brown interior.
  • Odometer reading when tested: 4600 miles.
  • Weight: 5921 pounds.
  • Spare Tire:  Aluminum plain wheel with 20” tires/
  • Length-Width-Height: 210” long/79.9” wide/75.8” high.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gallons with the filler on the driver’s side. 
  • Towing Capacity: 8500 pounds.
  • 2018 QX80 in a few words:  Nice, very large SUV, full of luxury and extremely capable. 
  • Warranty:  4-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 6-years/70,000 miles of power train coverage, and complimentary loaner cars.
  • Final Assembly Location: Los Angeles, CA.             
  • Manufacturers website: Infiniti

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