Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

Infiniti’s gigantic QX80 SUV is simultaneously a good deal and overpriced. At $66,045 to start—$69,145 with all-wheel drive, as on our test car—it ranks on the affordable end of the scale for beefcake, luxury-class three-row SUVs. The GMC Yukon DenaliCadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator cost thousands more. Even the smaller Mercedes-Benz GLS-class, entry-level V-6 and all, costs $70,545.If there’s a rub, it’s that you can buy essentially the same SUV for even less money. Stroll over to your nearest Nissan dealer, and you’ll find the Armada, which is mechanically identical to this Infiniti, listed for as little as $47,385 (itself a relative deal among nonluxury SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition). Both trucks are based on the Nissan Patrol sold in other markets and share the same 5.6-liter V-8 (the QX80 gets 10 more horsepower and 19 additional lb-ft of torque, for totals of 400 and 413), automatic transmission, switchgear, and general interior styling. The Armada Platinum model’s interior is the QX80’s near twin, and it includes most of the Infiniti’s standard and optional toys. It’s $63,385 fully equipped, while a similar QX80 runs about $75,000. Texan Ride will locate you  Trade in Accepting Infiniti for low price contact our sales team at (972)546-3822.

Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD
Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

So Why Buy?

While it appears that the Armada has thrown a wrench into the QX80’s breakfast cereal, we’re here to tell you it hasn’t. Instead of thinking of the Infiniti as an overpriced Nissan Armada, think of the Armada as an underpriced QX80. That’s because most of the Infiniti’s competitors are gussied-up versions of lesser SUVs, while the QX80 feels every bit like a $70K-and-up vehicle.

The QX80 is massively better-looking on the outside, particularly after the model’s refresh for 2018. Materially, the Infiniti’s cabin is a pleasant place to be, particularly with the Deluxe Technology package found on the example we tested. For $5700, it nets a 15-speaker Bose audio system, heated and cooled front seats, a Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension (more on that later), adaptive headlights, and quilted leather seats. Nearly every surface is covered in soft-touch materials, and the styling is upscale and restrained.

Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD
Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

A Dignified Beast

Lightly weighted (and, predictably, entirely numb and overboosted) steering with a relatively quick-feeling ratio augments the Infiniti’s perched-on-its-axles sensation while helping to mask its considerable size with fleet changes in direction. It’s neither nimble nor confidence inspiring, but neither is anything else in this class excepting only the 10Best–winning Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. At least it doesn’t feel as if you’re piloting the S.S. Infiniti.

Typical big-beast traits such as a squishy, inconsistently responsive brake-pedal action (although a 175-foot stop from 70 mph for something this big ain’t bad) and a heightened sense of body roll in turns (just look at our meager 0.70-g skidpad-grip figure) don’t mar the experience much. The QX80 still feels lighter on its feet than, say, an Escalade. Partly, this is due to our test car’s optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control. Besides being part of that $5700 package, the suspension system resists body roll by means of hydraulics and without the use of conventional anti-roll bars.

With its four-wheel independent suspension, the Infiniti’s ride, too, is generally good, unlike most similarly sized behemoths that use live rear axles. (The other independent rear suspensions in this class belong to the Expedition, the Navigator, and the GLS.) There’s no ignoring the huge wheels, though. Initial impact sensations over bumps can be abrupt and cause some wheel flutter (the wheel bouncing quickly before being tamed by a damper), an affliction that surely could be mitigated by avoiding the $2800 22-inch wheel package on our test car. Fetching as those rims are, sticking with the standard-issue 20-inch wheels likely would bring more forgiveness.

Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD
Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

We’re particularly fond of the QX80’s big, naturally aspirated V-8 engine, which builds power linearly and sounds incredible when the go pedal is pressed to the floor. It hustled our three-ton test vehicle to 60 mph in a quick 5.9 seconds—comparable to an Escalade. The seven-speed automatic transmission is similarly satisfying, exhibiting no ill behavior and smartly delivering downshifts when necessary. Better still, the QX80 is a refreshingly straightforward get-in-and-go affair, with no driving modes to choose from; there is only a well-considered baseline tune.

Beastly Is as Beastly Does

The Infiniti’s major issues are typical of this segment, which generally suffers from poor passenger and cargo space relative to the huge external dimensions. As with its competitors, the QX80’s seating gets less comfortable the farther from the dashboard it’s located. The front seats are cherry; our test vehicle’s second-row captain’s chairs were mounted too low in spite of the QX80’s copious headroom (a three-across bench that increases passenger capacity from seven to eight is available for $250); and finally, the third-row seats are as incarcerating as any in an Escalade or an Expedition. Similar to the short-wheelbase General Motors SUVs of this size, the Infiniti’s cargo hold behind the third row is weak, measuring a sedanlike 17 cubic feet, and the liftover height is back-straining.

We continue to take issue with the woefully outdated infotainment system shared with much of the rest of Infiniti’s lineup. Controllable via touch—a far reach for both the driver and the front passenger—or through a fiddly click knob perched high up on the dashboard, the infotainment screen’s menus are downright awkward to navigate and suffer from pixelated, low-res graphics. Infiniti scatters shortcut buttons to key menus and even secondary audio controls (which, thankfully, include volume and tuning knobs) between the control knob’s perimeter and the rest of the center stack.

Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD
Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

Taking into account the low-resolution, dot-matrix driver-information screen in the gauge cluster, the QX80’s display game seemingly is as last-century as its fuel economy. We averaged just 12 mpg over the course of our test, and even on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loop the Infiniti could muster only 17 mpg.

Given its class-average practicality and infotainment issues, the QX80 shines best the less you spend on one. Maintaining its base-price edge over competitors isn’t hard to do, even without abandoning the must-have $2900 Driver Assistance package (blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control) fitted to our test car. Skip unnecessary stuff like the $2800 big-wheel package, $2450 rear-seat entertainment package (your kids have iPads, right?), $465 illuminated doorsills, and $425 welcome lighting, and you’ll drive away with a properly luxurious barge for well under the $85,460 spent on the QX80 pictured here. And when you look at it, you won’t even think about a Nissan Armada.

Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD

General Specs


  •                  
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Automatic Transmission
  •  13 City / 19 Hwy
  •  Sport Utility
  •  AWD

Exterior

  • Body
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Dimensions
  • Wheelbase (in.): 121.1
  • Length, Overall (in.): 210.2
  • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.): 79.9
  • Height, Overall (in.): 75.8
  • Doors & Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Privacy Glass
  • Power Windows
  • Doors & Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Privacy Glass
  • Power Windows
  • Exterior Features
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Running Boards
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Tires & Wheels
  • Tires – Front All-Season
  • Tires – Front Performance (Optional)
  • Tires – Rear All-Season
  • Tires – Rear Performance (Optional)
  • Full Size Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Towing
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs.): 8500

Interior

  • Convenience & Comfort
  • Alarm
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (Optional)
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Fog Lamps
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • Keyless Start
  • Luggage Rack (Optional)
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Power Liftgate
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Door Locks
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Mirror Memory
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Power Steering
  • Dimensions
  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Front Head Room (in.): 39.9
  • Front Leg Room (in.): 39.6
  • Front Shoulder Room (in.): 63.8
  • Front Hip Room (in.): 59.2
  • Second Head Room (in.): 40
  • Second Leg Room (in.): 41
  • Second Shoulder Room (in.): 63.5
  • Second Hip Room (in.): 58.4
  • Third Leg Room (in.): 28.8
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.): 95.1
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.): 49.6
  • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.): 16.6
  • Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Rear Seat Audio Controls
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System
  • Entertainment System (Optional)
  • WiFi Hotspot (Optional)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Climate Control
  • Dual Zone A/C
  • A/C
  • Rear A/C
  • Navigation & Communication
  • Navigation System
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Additional Rear Seat
  • Cooled Driver Seat (Optional)
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seat (Optional)
  • Driver Lumbar
  • Passenger Lumbar
  • Seat Memory
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat (Optional)
  • 2nd Row Bench Seat (Optional)
  • Bucket Seats
  • Quad Bucket Seats

Mechanical

  • Engine & Performance
  • All Wheel Drive
  • 8 Cylinder Engine
  • Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-8
  • Displacement: 5.6 L/339
  • Horsepower (Net @ RPM): 400 @ 5800
  • Torque (Net @ RPM): 413 @ 4000
  • Transmission: Automatic w/OD
  • Turning diameter: 41.6
  • Fuel
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG): 13
  • EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG): 19
  • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.): 26
  • Suspension
  • Air Suspension
  • Suspension Type – Front: Double Wishbone
  • Suspension Type – Rear: Double Wishbone
  • Transmission
  • Automatic
  • Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
  • 7-Speed Automatic

Safety

  • Airbags
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Brakes
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Safety Features
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Optional)
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights (Optional)
  • Lane Departure Warning (Optional)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (Optional)

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Trade in Accepting Dallas TX DFW | 2018 Infiniti QX80 AWD