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Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.6
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2019 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2019 QX80 ranks near the bottom of the luxury large SUV class. Although it has a smooth ride and composed handling, its outdated tech features keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Lower starting price than competitors
  • Powerful engine and brisk acceleration
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Below-average fuel economy estimates

New for 2019

  • Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection now standard
  • New Limited trim

Is the Infiniti QX80 a Good SUV?

The QX80 is a decent luxury large SUV, and it offers more cargo space than many rivals. Despite its size, this SUV delivers plenty of engine power and brisk acceleration. For being such a large vehicle, it’s also nimbler than you might expect, but it doesn't sacrifice ride comfort. However, some rivals offer more features, and the QX80’s infotainment system looks and feels outdated compared to the competition.

Should I Buy the Infiniti QX80?

You should skip the QX80 if you want an SUV with state-of-the-art technology. Otherwise, it’s a choice worth considering. With a starting MSRP of $65,500, the 2019 QX80 is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. For that money, you’ll get a mostly upscale cabin, a powerful V8 engine, a cushioned ride, and plenty of cargo space.

Still, it may be worth shopping around. There are a few nonluxury large SUVs, such as the Ford Expedition, that offer many of the QX80’s appealing traits but with more modern tech features – all at a lower cost. On the other hand, you could spend more money and get the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The GLS ranks near the top of the class, thanks its exceptionally opulent cabin, powerful engine lineup, and standard all-wheel drive.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti QX80?

Infiniti has not redesigned the QX80 since the 2011 model year, back when it was still called the QX56. Infiniti restyled the 2018 model inside and out, also adding a retuned suspension and increased insulation to reduce wind noise. However, there were no significant updates to its tech features or infotainment system. The 2019 QX80 gained a few standard safety features – namely, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection – and an all-new Limited trim. However, you can find those features in 2017 and 2018 models. Since there haven’t been a ton of notable changes, you could likely save money by buying an older vehicle.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Infiniti QX80. If you find an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 62 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Infiniti QX80 review draws on 62 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation.

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How Much Does the Infiniti QX80 Cost?

At $65,500, the starting price of the 2019 QX80 is among the lowest in the class. The QX80's high-level Limited trim has an MSRP of $90,200, which is still more affordable than the higher-level trims of many competitors. If you’re shopping for a luxury large SUV on a budget, this vehicle is worth a look.

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Infiniti QX80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX80 or Cadillac Escalade?

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is a little more modern than the QX80. For example, the Cadillac features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, neither of which are available in the Infiniti. The Escalade also makes a little more horsepower and gets slightly better fuel economy than its Infiniti rival. Both SUVs have third-row seating and similar cargo space, but while the Escalade has more legroom up front, the QX80 has more in the rear rows. The Infiniti also has slightly sharper handling and a smoother ride. On top of that, the QX80 undercuts the Cadillac’s base MSRP by around $10,000. Unless you want the Cadillac’s tech, go with the Infiniti.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX80 or Nissan Armada?

While the 2019 QX80 is one of the most affordable luxury large SUVs, the nonluxury Nissan Armada is a solid alternative. With a starting MSRP of $47,100, it’s essentially a budget-friendly version of the Infiniti. The two share similar interior dimensions, strong V8 engines, and an 8,500-pound towing capacity. They also have comparably poor gas mileage. Like the Infiniti, the Nissan features an upscale cabin with premium materials and sufficient insulation to remain quiet at highway speeds. It’s not quite as nice as the QX80’s cabin, but that’s hardly a surprise considering the $20,000 price difference between the two. Like the Infiniti, this Nissan delivers a smooth ride. If you can forgo a bit of elegance, choose the Nissan Armada to get most of what the QX80 offers for less money.

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QX80 Interior

How Many People Does the QX80 Seat?

The QX80 seats seven people on leather upholstery in its standard configuration. Selecting the optional second-row bench seat raises occupancy to eight. Heated and power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel are standard, while semi-aniline leather, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats are available. The first two rows have enough head- and legroom for most adults to sit comfortably. As is common among 3-row SUVs, the third row is best left to children for anything longer than a short trip, though it is easy to access.

QX80 and Car Seats

The QX80 has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an additional tether anchor in the third row. It’s easier to install car seats in the second row than in the third.

QX80 Interior Quality

The cabin looks good overall, and added insulation helps keep things quiet. The general quality of materials lives up to this vehicle’s status as a luxury SUV. However, this is one of the lowest-priced SUVs in its class. You often get what you pay for, so there are a few low-rent materials here and there.

QX80 Cargo Space

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 has 16.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. With the third row folded down, cargo space expands to 49.6 cubic feet. Folding down the second-row seats opens up a maximum 95.1 cubic feet of storage. That’s more cargo room than many of the QX80’s classmates.

QX80 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The QX80 comes standard with a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a navigation system, voice controls, and an 8-inch touch screen. Additional tech goodies are available, including a 15-speaker Bose sound system, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, wireless smartphone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 8-inch screens and wireless headphones.

While the technology is straightforward, it feels outdated compared to its rivals. The graphics lag behind the competition, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is absent.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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QX80 Performance

QX80 Engine: V8, V-Great

The Infiniti QX80 features a single powertrain. The standard 5.6-liter V8 engine produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, and it's mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Despite this luxury SUV’s size, it accelerates quickly and easily. The engine is more than up to the task of propelling this vehicle along the highway, and its transmission makes smooth, timely shifts.

QX80 Gas Mileage: Not Infinite in the Least

This Infiniti returns an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. With four-wheel-drive, each estimate drops by 1 mpg. Those are poor estimates even among luxury large SUVs. The base Cadillac Escalade will save you about $200 in annual fuel costs.

QX80 Ride and Handling: It’ll Surprise You

Luxury SUVs – and even nonluxury SUVs – of this size aren’t known for being agile. The Infiniti QX80 bucks that trend. Its available Hydraulic Body Motion Control system gives it a smoother ride and nimbler handling. Body lean around corners is minimal, and this SUV slides over bumps and dips in the road without jostling its occupants.

QX80 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this SUV can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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QX80 Reliability

Is the Infiniti QX80 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 QX80 an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Infiniti QX80 Warranty

Infiniti covers the QX80 with a four-year/60,000-mile warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are better terms than you’ll get with some luxury large SUVs.

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QX80 Safety

QX80 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Infiniti QX80 an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with three stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash test. As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 QX80.

QX80 Safety Features

This SUV comes with a handful of standard active safety features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera. A few more driver assistance technologies are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

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QX80 Dimensions and Weight

This Infiniti is about 17.5 feet long. The QX80's curb weight ranges from 5,644 to 5,888 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is between 7,300 and 7,500 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Infiniti QX80 Built?

Infiniti builds the QX80 in Japan.

Which Infiniti QX80 Model Is Right for Me?

Infiniti offers the 2019 QX80 in two trim levels: Luxe and Limited. For most shoppers, the Luxe is a good buy. Its MSRP of $65,500 will get you a 400-horsepower V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and a slew of convenience, tech, and driver assistance features. You can upgrade to four-wheel drive for $3,100. The jump up to next trim adds more than $21,000 on top of that, and though it adds even more features, many of them are available in packages on the base Luxe.

Infiniti QX80 Luxe

The Luxe trim comes with proximity keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, a power liftgate, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen display with navigation. Standard driver assistance features include a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. You’ll also get seating amenities like leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

There are also several packages you can buy for added safety, technology, and comfort features.

For $2,550, you can add the ProAssist package. It includes more safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and distance control assist.

The Theater package is available for $2,150, and it adds a 120-volt power outlet and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 8-inch screens and two sets of wireless headphones.

The Sensory package ($2,200) gives the QX80 a 15-speaker Bose surround sound system, upgraded semi-aniline leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, and a smart rearview mirror that projects a camera image onto your mirror.

The smart rearview mirror is also featured in the Proactive package ($3,800), which adds adaptive headlights and the praiseworthy Hydraulic Body Motion Control system.

For $250, you can add a second-row split bench seat to increase seating capacity to eight people, while a Wi-Fi hot spot can be installed for $465. A wireless smartphone charger is available for $250.

Infiniti QX80 Limited

The Infiniti QX80 Limited starts at $90,200 and includes almost everything listed above, as well as four-wheel drive and 22-inch alloy wheels. It does not add a standard Wi-Fi hot spot or wireless device charger, though those remain optional for the same price. This Infiniti is the top of the line for the QX80 lineup.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 has some admirable traits, including a refined ride, a strong engine, and loads of cargo space – all at a relatively affordable price for a large luxury vehicle. It's an aging vehicle, however, so you may want to look past the QX80 in favor of other options in the class. The QX80 has subpar fuel economy estimates, and its rivals offer more in the way of modern tech features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This Infiniti's infotainment system also feels outdated. As a result, the QX80 finishes near the bottom of our luxury large SUV rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV is a massive rolling showcase for Infiniti's most impressive technology, interior artistry and bold external styling. Although under its new skin resides an aging platform introduced in 2010, the QX80 remains a modern luxury chariot with a soft ride, powerful V8 engine and just about every imaginable luxury feature save for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. …[Many] owners feel the QX80's stunning interior puts it in the same league as a Land Rover Range Rover." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • … this is just a refresh and, for better or worse, the 2018 QX80 is still pretty much the same SUV it was before." -- CNET (2018)
  • "High levels of luxury, comfort and tech make the three-row 2016 Infiniti QX80 a solid pick among large luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds (2016)
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