2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover


Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2019 INFINITI QX80

The Infiniti QX80 returns atop the Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover category, offering plenty of capability from a 400-horsepower V8 with the bonus of true 8-passenger seating in this traditional body-on-frame full-size truck. We characterize the Infiniti QX80 as a workhorse (it can tow up to 8,500 pounds) wrapped in leather, chrome and heavy steel.

But the beauty of the QX80 extends beyond its abilities and low 5-Year Cost-to-Own status for its category. Last year, it benefitted from an exterior styling makeover that brings it more in line with the rest of the Infiniti model range, and the cabin received an upgrade that features one of the plushest interiors going. Quilted leather seats, real wood veneers and a wide array of standard creature comforts are part of a new all-wheel-drive Limited package that features virtually no options. That one-price-fits-all approach is a big driver in the overall cost to own because it means that in addition to being well-equipped, this feature-set contributes to better retained value and in the end, lower cost of ownership.

Despite its size, the 2019 Infiniti QX80 has a ride that's as plush as its interior because of its Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension system, which takes potholes in stride while keeping body roll in check when taking turns. With ample power and light steering, the QX80 drives much easier than its exterior dimensions would suggest.

Starting at $66,795 with trims going as high as $91,495, the 2019 Infiniti QX80 offers distinctive styling, plenty of performance and the utility that families look to when buying a full-size luxury SUV.

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as of January 1, 2019

2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Lexus LX

2019 Lexus LX
5-Year Cost to Own: $80,257
as of January 1, 2019

The body-on-frame Lexus LX is rugged, durable and luxurious and now has a new, more affordable 2-row option with great cargo space.

3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS
5-Year Cost to Own: $82,759
as of January 1, 2019

With its 7-passenger seating and two engine options, the Mercedes-Benz GLS offers plenty of choice for those wanting a full-size luxury SUV with an understated, yet elegant design.

Other Category Winners

See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2018 | 2017 | 2016
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