Luxurious as Beverly Hills, powerful as a Hollywood mogul, and more ruggedly handsome then Brad Pitt’s stunt double, the new 2017 Infiniti QX80 ranks in the uppermost tier of full-size SUVs. It’s big, spacious, capable and smooth as clouds with an artistic interior wrapped in genuine leather and wood trim. It offers 7- or 8-passenger seating in three rows, a long list of high-tech and convenience features and it’s powered by a big 5.6-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower and big oil-company profits. Starting around $66,000, the new Infiniti QX80 competes with the Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and its virtual twin, the new 2017 Nissan Armada. No slackers in this group; all are imposing, opulent and capable everywhere.
Essentially unchanged for 2017, the new Infiniti QX80 keeps up with the competition with a new, very attractive, Mocha Almond exterior color, a Wheat interior treatment Infiniti describes as “low-contrast” and Trailer Sway Control for safer towing.
After a name change last year (from QX56), the QX80 luxury SUV returns for 2015 with a face-lifted exterior and interior, innovative safety features that include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and a new top-line trim: the QX80 Limited.
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.
"I liked this truck when I bought it but wasn't over the top in love with it. I've owned it now for 5 months and absolutely LOVE it. It takes a little while to get used to how big it is but once you do, you'll never want to downsize. Luxurious Power."
"Purchased 2014 model year 4-wheel drive new in 2013. Its Big. Its Fast. Its Comfortable. No reliability issues so far. Infiniti customer service is over-the-top. They really pamper you when you go in for service. All dealerships are not created equal and the experience can very widely -- at least here in the Bay.
The interior is richly appointed. Acceleration and braking are smooth. Loads of room and extremely versatile. Spacious, comfy front and second row seats. Third row is a little tight for adults but you do have more of a crumple zone behind the third row than most 7-8 passenger SUVs. Some SUVs have 3rd row almost touching the tailgate... not what I would want in a rear-end collision loaded with kids!
The only drawback is the infotainment system which has a horrible user interface and extremely poor voice recognition. You are better using Siri. Also, gas mileage really suffers with stop and go driving so it is not the best "run around town car" On family road trips it is king! I can't imagine a better family car anywhere.
Oh, did a mention that it was hecka fast!"