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Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2015 Infiniti QX80 ranks 6 out of 9 Luxury Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti QX80, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers say the 2015 Infiniti QX80 has a powerful engine, a premium cabin and unexpectedly nimble handling for a large SUV.

According to automotive reporters, the 2015 QX80's standard V8 engine provides strong acceleration and its seven-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, rapid gear changes. The QX80 earns an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is respectable compared with the fuel economy estimates of the QX80's closest rivals. Critics are impressed with the QX80’s handling prowess, saying it is nimble for a large SUV and is composed through turns. A few report that the QX80 can have a rough ride at times, while most find that the ride is comfortable. The steering is light but precise, according to test drivers, and they note the brakes in the QX80 are strong.

Thanks in part to its first-rate materials, which include elegant wood and leather trim, the 2015 Infiniti QX80's interior is attractive and opulent, critics agree. Its maximum cargo capacity is also impressive for the class, and test drivers say its first- and second-row seats are comfortable and spacious. However, as with many three-row SUVs, reviewers say its third-row seat is only large enough for kids. Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose stereo system, a USB port, an 8-inch touch-screen display and Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking and a rear-seat entertainment system. Automotive journalists say the standard touch screen is clear and simple to use. They note that the lights and sounds from the available technology package are more disruptive than helpful.

  • "… the QX80 is big and brawny on the outside, plush and sophisticated within. Its handling and capability also have a split personality. It boasts smooth road manners given its size, while its big (albeit thirsty) V8 engine enables this high-end SUV to tow heavy loads and venture off the beaten path." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though its flamboyant, big-mouth exterior styling might not be to everyone's tastes, the QX80 is an unusually well-rounded large SUV in most other respects." -- Left Lane News
  • "Far from subtle, the QX80's proportions are massive, augmented by styling that seems to exaggerate every line, curve and seam. The entire package is set off by a massive set of 9-spoke alloy wheels that, when rolling, look like giant fan blades ready to slice into anything that draws near. Its luxury appointments, on the other hand, are perfectly suited to the upper-class clientele Infiniti seeks. In fact, the QX80 possesses one of the most attractive and well-equipped luxury SUV interiors we've tested." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "This high-content heavyweight impresses for surprisingly brisk acceleration, high mechanical refinement, adept ride, and spacious, tasteful, high-quality interior. The main downsides are the trade-offs in fuel economy and maneuverability that go with big SUVs.  … Still, the QX56 is a very likable and capable premium-large SUV that deserves consideration, especially by those who might occasionally dare venture off-road." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Toyota Land Cruiser comes with more standard features than the QX80, and critics think its controls and gauges are conveniently located and the infotainment system is easy to use. The Land Cruiser comes with full-time four-wheel drive, and reviewers find it handles off-road terrain with aplomb.

Test drivers report the Cadillac Escalade has a quiet, powerful V8 engine that has good power off the line. They think its interior is well-crafted, and the Escalade long-wheelbase model has significantly more overall cargo space than the QX80.

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Details: 2015 Infiniti QX80

The 2015 Infiniti QX80 has seating for up to eight, standard rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive. A 5.6-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard. The QX80 has one trim, but option packages are available. The QX80, previously named the QX56, was last redesigned for the 2011 model year, and has seen few changes since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/15

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