This week we take a look at the 2019 Infiniti QX80, a beastly SUV that was refreshed for 2018, but has remained largely unchanged since 2010.
What is new for 2019 is this trim level, called the Limited, an ultra-luxury version not before offered.
The QX80 sports a huge grill, a very high beltline with contoured sides, huge 22” wheels, and a large round rear end with a spoiler.
Behind that big grille sits a huge 5.6-liter V8 that is putting out 400-horses and 413-pound feet of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic. My tester is 4-wheel drive, but you can get it in 2-wheel also.
The real story with this somewhat antiquated apartment on wheels is the interior. The two-tone quilted seats and huge center console jump out at you when you open the door. The door panels are two-tone and stitched as well. Everything you can touch is very soft with no plastic. Everything blends together beautifully.
Behind the leather steering wheel are easy-to-read gauges and a configurable driver info center in the middle that is way too small by today’s standards.
There is an 8” color screen to operate the navigation system, activate the apps, the rear camera, the Bluetooth, voice activation, and the entertainment system that has a terrific 15-speaker Bose sound system. Operating everything is kind of quirky and slow, and just feels like it needs upgrading badly. Don’t look for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you won’t find them, and unlike SUVs one-third this price, there is no Wi-Fi.
Under the screen are the rest of the controls, a couple of USB ports, and something that is pretty cool, switches to flip the second row captain chairs over without getting out of the front seat. This is handy when picking people up. The wood around the gear shifter is very attractive, and this is where you operate the four-wheel drive system.
Moving to the 2nd row you find captain chairs, which are heated, you have climate controls for the rear, and another huge center console. You’ll also see two video screens in the front headrests, and you get wireless headphones. There is a 120-volt power outlet to charge computers or to run games.
Second row seating has plenty of legroom, and the third row seat is not bad either, actually. Storage room behind the 3rd row seat is pretty large, and you can fold the 3rd row down with buttons in the far back. The buttons for the 3rd row should be one-touch, but unfortunately you have to hold them down the entire time. All in all, the big QX has a lot of interior room and very comfortable seating for all occupants.
Standard Equipment and Options
The QX80 Limited has no options except a charge for the Anthracite Gray paint, so everything you see is standard equipment, including a power moonroof, remote start, power liftgate, and a Smart rearview mirror that turns into a wide angle rear camera. This is very handy when people are in the far back seat obstructing your view.
QX80 comes with very advanced safety features including forward emergency braking with collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a lot more.
Ride and Towing
The QX80 drives and rides very well, is quiet inside, and thanks to the air suspension system, it just sort of floats down the road. The big V8 has great acceleration, and the exhaust sounds surprisingly good. It will also tow 8500- pounds.
Fuel economy for this 6000-pound SUV is expectedly poor at 13 city/19 highway.
Here’s the problem: The Limited interior is fantastic, but there are many upgrades that need to be done to justify anywhere near the $91,950 MSRP.
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited
- What I liked most: The interior and exterior looks, overall quality.
- What I would change: The outdated electronics.
- MSRP: $89,800 base price, total MSRP with transportation: $91,950.
- Fuel Economy: 13 city/19 highway/15 combined.
- Official Color: Anthracite Gray.
- Odometer reading when tested: 13,000 miles.
- Weight: 5921 pounds.
- Final Assembly Location: Los Angeles, CA
- Spare Tire: Full-sized spare.
- Length-Width-Height: 210.2” long/79.9” wide/75.8” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gallons with the filler on the driver’s side.
- Towing Capacity: 8500 pounds.
- 2019 QX80 in a few words: Much to love, but much lacking.
- Warranty: 4-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 6-year/70,000 mile power train with roadside assistance.
- Manufacturer’s website: www.Infiniti.com
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