Overview & Reviews
Standing as an example of the "bigger is better" philosophy, the Infiniti QX80 is a worthy competitor in the full-size luxury SUV arena that boasts a powerful V8 engine and above-average towing capabilities. Off-road prowess, on the other hand, is not a strong point, as the QX80 is geared more for urban recreation or pulling a boat to the river. In those situations, the QX80 manages quite well, providing its driver and passengers with a comfortable cabin and myriad high-tech features.
As the QX80 was designed to be more of a versatile and foul-weather-capable luxury transporter than a wilderness tamer, rugged outdoorsmen may want to look elsewhere. But those seeking a well-appointed luxury SUV should be well served by the brawny Infiniti QX80.
Current Infiniti QX80 Models
Although officially introduced for 2014, the Infiniti QX80 is essentially the previous QX56 with a new name. This full-size luxury SUV seats seven or eight passengers depending on whether it was equipped with the standard second-row captain's chairs or the optional 60/40 split-folding bench seat.
It comes loaded with a wealth of standard features like 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a top-view camera system, a power-folding third-row bench seat and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. Optional highlights include an actively adjustable suspension system, a twin-screen rear entertainment system, ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control and a host of high-tech safety features designed to either prevent a crash or protect the occupants in the event of one. Plus, despite its many infotainment features, Infiniti's excellent electronics interface makes controlling them easy.
A 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque powers the QX80. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission offered and features manual shift control with rev-matched downshifts. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, the QX80 can tow an impressive 8,500 pounds and is aided by a tow/haul mode for the transmission as well as an automatic-leveling rear suspension.
In reviews, we've found this QX80 to be a pretty impressive luxury SUV, with the large collection of features and potent V8 being the main draws. Downsides include cramped third-row seating and a ride quality that's not as smooth as what's provided by competing models.
Used Infiniti QX80 Models
Used car shoppers should know that Infiniti's large SUV has had (including the current iteration) no fewer than three monikers, so information about older models can be found in our QX and QX56 reviews.
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Infinity 2016 QX80 depreciation - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By Ripoff - June 26 - 7:49 am
Car is great overall however the Infinity QX80 does not hold its value and expect To take a huge loss if you plan on selling you're used QX80. I bought mine a little over 1-year ago with a sticker price of 81K and now 1-year later it's valued at 48K, a 30K + drop in 1-year. I will never buy a Infinity again
RoadTrip - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By Calvin Dill - August 11 - 2:47 pm
If you are looking for a dependable, great road care that is comfortable for long drives and has kid entertainment with good around town manners and bang for your buck this is the best luxury vehicle on the market. If you are looking for fair gas mileage and a great large SUV the QX80 will thrill you if gas mileage is your top priority stay away from the QX80.
2016 QX80 Test Drive - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By John Stoll - February 22 - 4:55 pm
Does not hold Value - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By Kent - June 24 - 6:33 pm
We bought a 2016 QX80 loaded as possible just below the Limited version, price range around 80,000 - 90,000. In less than 1 year the vehicle is now worth 40,000-50,000. Infiniti's large SUV does not hold their value. We were sold on it being an elite luxury vehicle, very fast realized it does not hold a candle to our prior SUV. We regret buying this vehicle and feel stuck because how fast it is losing money. 1 yr update, still stuck because how far upside down we are.
Great overall SUV - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By RDiaz - September 18 - 11:43 am
Great SUV, I've owned Mercedes, Escalate, BMW and a Tahoe, by far this one is the best I've own. Gas is what you expect from a large 400HP engine, but no complaints from me. Real confortable and easy to drive around town, and it doesn't feel big at all.
2000 miles on the Range (and the mountains)! - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By Montana Visitor - July 7 - 2:39 pm
I reserved a full-size SUV with Hertz for the family trip to western Montana. We really got lucky when all they had was a QX80 at Bozeman airport. There were multiple days that we spent 6 - 8 hours in the vehicle and more than once 4+ hours at a time. We were all quite comfortable at all times. I've never driven a vehicle that was comfortable so such lengths of time. It was also a joy to drive on Montana's pothole-free highways and backroads. Handled high-speeds (in excess of 100 mph) with rock-solid stability and only a bit of wind-noise as a sign. Yes, Virginia, such speeds are completely safe on a 4-mile straight on a perfectly smooth road, with no trees in sight (you can see any cars, animals, pedestrians, etc. miles away). Fuel economy seemed fine - it's a big SUV with a powerful V8! Also, I'm used to driving full-size trucks with V8s so I knew what to expect. Was disappointed, but not surprised when I confirmed the price is more than I'm willing to spend. Can't justify $70k+ in the northeast where our vehicles are bathed in corrosive salt-spray 5 months per year. Very happy to learn the 2017 Nissan Armada is basically the QX80 with slightly fewer features, Nissan badges, and $15k cheaper. The Armada will be first on my list when we need to replace a vehicle. P.S. I picked "Limited" trim level because Edmunds wouldn't allow me to skip it. I'm not sure which trim level I drove.
Like driving a very thirsty cloud - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By Michael Smith - September 15 - 10:18 pm
So I am leasing a current 2016 QX80 Signature Edition. It has all the bells and whistles you want and none of the BS. Gas mileage is in a word, horrible, but if you are paying a grand a month for your car $60-80 a month in gas is probably not a worry. Safety and tech are top notch, accelerates nicely and is a pleasure to drive. Plus I am saving 200/month vs a MB that is similarly equipped. I looked around, Hard, this was far and away the best bang for the buck. Cadillac felt cheap inside(PLASTIC AS FAR AS THE EYE CAR SEE) the same car from MB is way overpriced, and doesn't exist for Audi, BMW, Porsche or Lexus. I even tried the Lexus 540 which felt tiny in comparison and everything else was soo much smaller or no where near as nice (Yukon, Tahoe, Expedition). This is also far more comfortable than any previous vehicle I have owned (MB E350 Wagon, RR HSE, Yukon Denali and Dodge Durango) and is probably only beaten in value of all cars I have owned by my Porsche (550 Spyder).
Lots of comfort and lots of room - 2014 Infiniti QX80
By Trenton Cogdill - July 6 - 12:44 pm
I bought new in 2014 totally loaded. I am 6 ft 6 in tall and this is the only luxury SUV with adequate headroom without tilting the seat back. I have taken 5 hour trips with 4 adults and two children in total comfort. Voice operated navigation is great. Absolutely no mechanical issues in 30000 miles. I am 70 years old and this is by far my favorite vehicle. Better than Cadillac, Mercedes, and BMW that I have owned.
Climate Control Issues - 2016 Infiniti QX80
By carsty00 - April 4 - 1:44 pm
I agree with all the other posts about Climate Control issues. The temp does not regulate well...it's either really hot or really cold. Both of my Toyota's never had this problem. The issue is bad enough that I'm considering selling it with under 10K miles. Overall it's a nice SUV and if you're tall like me, you have plenty of head room with the sun roof.