Infiniti QX80 Review
The 2014 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.
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is ranked:
Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Infiniti QX80 excels with impressive handling, a potent powertrain and a classy, upscale interior.
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 (formerly QX56) comes with a V8 engine that reviewers say gives the QX80 very quick acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers report that it shifts quickly and transmits power smoothly. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the ratings of most other vehicles in the class. Reviewers are impressed with the QX80's nimble handling through turns. They also like its comfortable ride quality, and say the QX80's suspension does a nice job of blocking out road imperfections. Test drivers write that the QX80's steering is light and direct and the brakes bring the QX80 to a stop promptly.
Test drivers say that the Infiniti QX80's cabin has a tasteful design and is constructed with soft leathers and attractive wood trim. The front- and middle-row seats are praised for their comfort and space, though most reviewers agree that the third row is short on space and not especially comfortable. The QX80 also offers fairly good cargo space for the class, though not as much as what rivals like the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator offer. Test drivers mention that most of the primary stereo and climate controls have separate buttons and knobs, which makes them easy to control. Critics note that the adaptive cruise control system's lights and warning sounds make the system more distracting than helpful. Standard equipment includes a 13-speaker Bose stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation and Infiniti's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the QX80. Options include a rear-seat entertainment system, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
- "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
- "Gasoline may be over four bucks a gallon and parking lots are getting tighter, but there remains a healthy market for the big, powerful, luxury SUV, and the QX80, with its 8-passenger seating and 8,500-pound towing capacity, is as big and powerful as they get. However, having impressive capabilities does not make the QX80 particularly unique. What does set it apart is its sumptuous interior and the sheer scope of its technology features." -- 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. Its interior is lavishly appointed, with supple leather, wood trim and soft touch materials adorning every surface, and the first- and second row-seats (the latter of which can be configured with captain's chairs or as a bench seat) are spacious and comfortable." -- Left Lane News
- "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)
Other SUVs to Consider
Test drivers say that quick acceleration and a comfortable ride make the Cadillac Escalade a great highway cruiser. Additionally, the Escalade comes in one of two lengths, both of which offer more overall cargo space than the QX80.
The Toyota Land Cruiser has a higher base price than the QX80, but it comes with more standard features. Additionally, reviewers are impressed with the Land Cruiser's off-road capability and great interior build quality.
Details: 2014 Infiniti QX80
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 seats up to eight, has 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 comes in one trim level, and features are added through various option packages. The QX80 was named QX56 up until this year, but has undergone few other changes since the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2014 model years.