This week we take a look at the 2020 INFINITI QX80, a beastly SUV that was refreshed a couple of years ago, but has remained largely unchanged since then. My tester is the Limited version, the top-of-the-line model. There are two lessor-equipped models.
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. It is an attractive SUV but its size alone is a bit intimidating.
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, Bluetooth, voice activation, and the entertainment system that has a terrific 17-speaker Bose sound system. Operating everything is kind of quirky and slow, and just feels like it needs upgrading badly. Finally for 2020, you get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a Wi-Fi Hotspot, and Siri Eyes Free.
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 $595 charge for the Coulis Red paint, so everything you see is standard equipment, including a power moon roof, remote start, power lift gate, 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 Drive
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.
The problem with this vehicle given today’s market: If you look at what is out there in the $95,000+ price range, this vehicle has looked virtually the same for over 10 years, and badly needs some updated styling.
2020 INFINITI QX80 Limited
- What I liked most: The interior and exterior looks, overall quality.
- What I would change: The outdated electronics and exterior appearance.
- MSRP: $94,240 base price, total MSRP with transportation: $94,835.
- Fuel Economy: 13 city/19 highway/15 combined.
- Official Color: Courlis Red.
- Odometer reading when tested: 2800 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.
- 2020 QX80 in a few words: If you love large, this is a great SUV.
- 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
- Up Next: 2020 Jeep Rubicon 4-door 4X4.
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