First Drive Review- 2015 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti offers something for almost every market that appeals to buyers in the luxury segment. This is their flagship SUV- the QX80 (formerly QX56). Sharing platforms with both the Nissan Armada and Infiniti’s own M-Sedan, the QX80 is a large SUV with three rows of seating and stuffed with technology and luxury features.

The 5.6L V8 makes 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque which will push this nearly 6,000 pound monster along at a rate of 14mpg city and 20mpg highway- drinking 91 octane or better. The QX-80 has an optional AWD system, powering all four wheels constantly, and offering the driver a Low-Range setting for towing or off-roading (If the mall parking lot is blocked by rubble, proletariats, or domestic compact cars). The QX80 is independently sprung at all four corners, and provides a tall ride height, and an exceptionally supple and floaty ride quality. The steering is weighty, in a “I’m driving something that weights 3-tons” kind of way.

Infiniti loads this badboy to the brim with technology- Blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, 360-degree camera system, and object detection. All of these features make piloting this extremely large SUV much less stressful. Remote start system engages quickly and is much appreciated on hot summer days or cold winter mornings. Rear seat passengers will be kept entertained by individual headrest mounted monitors. The rear seat can be ordered in dual captains chairs or as a split folding bench. The third row is two separate seats that are electrically folded into the floor or brought up, they can be controlled individually. Keep third row passengers to small children and you should experience no complaints. Power liftgate makes closing the gate after unloading groceries with full hands a breeze. The driver controls navigation and radio through dash-mounted buttons and dials underneath a relatively small screen. This system has been used in Infiniti products since the late 2000’s. The only Infiniti product to have an updated infotainment system is their newest model-the Q50. Heated front seats are standard, and cooled seats are optional. Bose speakers are optional, and this system is exceptional- in typical Bose fashion.

A fully loaded QX80 will cost you in the neighborhood of $80k. If you are in this tax bracket, and want a large Japanese luxury SUV, the QX80 is the car for you.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for reviews of Acura products and more Infiniti products.

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