Infiniti’s QX80 doesn’t change much for 2017, but why should it? It makes no apologies for the opulence that fills its cabin, and it has one simple goal: to transport up to eight humans in the most roomy and comfortable way imaginable. It reaches that goal and then some.
When you slip into the driver’s seat of this big SUV, you find yourself awash in luxurious surroundings. Quilted leather seats adjust 10 ways, open pore Ash wood in a matte finish trims the dash and doors. And the list of convenience features and safety technologies is as long as your arm.
Even if you’re a backseat passenger, you get the same kind of spa treatment with heated seats that are just as comfortable as the front. I even climbed in way back into the third row and found fairly comfortable seating for my 6-foot-1 frame. If you want to fold the third row seats back down to take greater advantage of the QX80’s cargo capacity, power buttons make that task easy. No pulling on cords or struggling to push the seats into place.
The 2017 QX80 never lets its occupants forget they’re riding first-class. Think private jet with all the trimmings. Everything seems in place and every detail has been thought through. Fit and finish are precise, and there’s plenty of room for up to eight passengers, seven with bucket seats in row 2.
Our test vehicle had Bose sound with 15 speakers and speed sensitive volume control. A CD/DVD player with screens on the back of the front seat headrests is a great tool for keeping the kids occupied on road trips.
Powering this big, heavy (more than 5,800 pounds) SUV is a 5.6-liter V8 that develops 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with a manual shift mode. AWD is available.
The rear-wheel drive QX80 comes in three trim levels: QX80, QX80 4WD and QX80 4WD Limited, which was our test vehicle for the week. Standard wheels are 20 inches, with massive 22-inchers coming on the Limited trim.
Also standard are LED headlights and fog lights, a power liftgate and an integrated hitch that gives the QX80 a towing capacity up to 8,500 pounds. Our QX80 Limited had running boards with under mount welcome lighting and darkened headlights and taillights.
The QX80 is a very large vehicle, standing nearly 76 inches tall and stretching more than 208 inches in overall length. It has a bold, full design that isn’t all that concerned with slicing through the wind. With AWD, the QX80 is rated at 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway (RWD gets 1 mpg better). But the size of the QX80 is of great benefit on the road when you need room to get comfortable.
In parking lots, though is where things get dicey for big vehicles like this. Fortunately, Infiniti is the inventor of the around-view monitor, an ingenious camera system that gives the driver a bird’s eye view all around the vehicle. I’ve learned that this system is completely trustworthy when maneuvering in tight parking spots.
When it comes to safety, the 2017 QX80 offers advanced technologies like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Distance Control Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Intervention and the newly added Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
Neither the government nor the insurance industry have completed crash tests on the 2017 Infiniti QX80.
Prices start at $63,580 for the QX80, $66,950 for the QX80 4WD and $89,450 for the QX80 Limited.
2017 Infiniti QX80 AWD Limited
Horsepower / Torque:
400 / 413 lb.-ft.
$89,450 plus freight
EPA mileage estimates:
13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway / 15 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: