KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 8/7/2013
Clearly, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 lines up against the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, but other high-priced competitors include the Lexus LX and Land Rover's Range Rover. Gasoline may be over four bucks a gallon and parking lots are getting tighter, but there remains a healthy market for the big, powerful, luxury SUV, and the QX80, with its 8-passenger seating and 8,500-pound towing capacity, is as big and powerful as they get. However, having impressive capabilities does not make the QX80 particularly unique What does set it apart is its sumptuous interior and the sheer scope of its technology features.
You'll Like This Car If...
This is not complicated: room for eight, can tow a good-sized trailer, flashy styling, great interior, loads of technology, big engine, go-anywhere talent, luxury image. If that's what you need, the Infiniti QX80 could be it.
You May Not Like This Car If...
This is a yes-no situation: The QX80 is a big vehicle, it takes up lots of room, it won't be easy to park in tight spots, and it's not easy on gas. All of those are reasons to look for something else that's smaller and more efficient.
What's New for 2014
For 2014 the major news is that the Infiniti QX80 is the vehicle formerly known as the QX56. The only other change is that the advanced Backup Collision Intervention system is added to the Technology Package.
What sorts of driving manners would you expect of a full-size luxury SUV in this price range? The 2014 QX80 delivers on whatever those expectations might be. With its fully-independent suspension (not found on all full-size SUVs, by the way), it's luxuriously smooth and road imperfections are barely noticeable. At highway speeds or around town, the interior is supremely quiet. While the chassis deals with whatever is down at the road surface, the stout V8, matched with the velvety 7-speed automatic transmission, moves the big QX80 with ease and smooth certainty. If this is the kind of vehicle you want, there are few to match it.
The 2014 QX80's 5.6-liter V8 is a mountain of smooth and ready power. Making 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, it simply does not take "no" for an answer. Matched to an extremely slick-shifting 7-speed automatic, the combination moves the big QX80 with effortless ease.
THE INTERIOR EXPERIENCE
The idea of the 2014 QX80 as an "executive jet" for the road really helps everything about the SUV make sense. The interior is a finely crafted suite and, with the smoothness of its ride and quietness of its cabin, the QX80 is an idyllic place to be.
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