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.