The 2018 Infiniti QX80 is not what you would normally see parked in the loading section of a Home Depot. In my case, it’s what I was driving at the time and it seemed to have the capability and capacity to carry the supplies needed for a backyard project.

It’s important to remember that the Infiniti QX80 is a fancier version of the Nissan Armada. Except for the faces on the gauges, shift knob, chrome accents, and quilted leather seats–which you can get on the Armada Platinum Reserve—it’s pretty much the same vehicle for considerably more money.

That said, the QX80 is a formidable looking SUV, both inside and out. It’s tall and it’s wide, but doesn’t feel so when driving it around town or weaving through the local hardware store parking lot littered with work trucks and long metal carts. It feels nimble for its size and easily fits into the narrow parking spots usually found at most Home Depot parking lots.

Brawn, capacity and looks too

Power to move the soon to be cargo laden QX80 is provided by a 5.6-liter V8 that puts out 400 horsepower and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. Our tester came equipped with Infiniti’s Driver Assistance Package which includes backup collision intervention, blind spot warning, lane departure prevention, intelligent cruise control and predictive forward collision warning. Very helpful aids when navigating in and out of a hardware store parking lot.

What was most impressive about the 2018 Infiniti QX80 was its capacity to swallow up half a dozen 2-foot by 8-foot studs and still have room to close the rear hatch. With 95.1 cu-ft of cargo space the full-size luxury SUV easily fit not only the studs but a couple of stout fence posts, four bags of cement and half a dozen steel fence post menders that were needed for our project. In addition, a neighbor who shares the fence we were repairing came along for the ride and sat comfortably in one of the second-row captain’s chairs next to the cargo.

Fetching looks

Not only is the Infiniti QX80 a proven weekend project hauler but it’s also a handsome SUV inside and out. In fact, while walking back to the big SUV I heard a nearby voice say “I love the interior of your Infiniti.” I turned, smiled and said “thank you” feeling a little uncomfortable with the attention generated by the SUV and wondering how long the admirer had been sizing up the QX80.

Our Infiniti QX80, with an as tested price of $84,660, is equipped with 22-inch alloy wheels, a snazzy exterior with chrome accents, and a large badge on the front grille, all of which makes it stand out in a Home Depot parking lot. The QX80’s well-appointed interior includes a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, semi-aniline leather quilting--all in saddle brown with black piping plus a charcoal burl interior trim--which is what probably caught the eye of our parking lot admirer.

While the Infiniti QX80 may not be the first choice for hauling wood or supplies for weekend projects it sure is a good-looking and spacious luxury hauler. With its there-when-you-need-it power, easy maneuverability, luxurious and comfortable interior, this big SUV has you covered whether you are carting around people or goods.

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