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2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 offers great drivability, plenty of power, and impressive towing capacity. Shortcomings include distracting advanced safety features and poor rearward visibility.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling and ride quality
  • Strong engine
  • High towing capacity


  • Distracting driver assistance features
  • Poor rearward visibility





Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Infiniti QX80 Overview

Is the 2014 Infiniti QX80 a Good Used SUV?

A pillowy ride and confident handling add to the list of reasons to check out the QX80. However, make sure you test out any advanced safety features before buying.

A 5.6-liter V8 engine powers the 2014 Infiniti QX80. It has quick throttle responses and brisk acceleration. A smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard, while all-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy is average for the class: 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The QX80 has a smooth ride, even over rough pavement. Cornering ability is also impressive for a vehicle of this size. With the available Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, handling becomes sharper but ride quality suffers. The QX80’s maximum towing capacity is 8,500 pounds, which is a respectable rating for the class.

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The Infiniti QX80 has a stylish, high-quality, library-quiet interior. Leather upholstery comes standard, and the front seats are heated and power-adjustable. There’s seating for seven, but an available second-row bench seat increases seating capacity to eight. First- and second-row seating is spacious and comfortable. Third-row seating is fine for short trips, but adults may feel cramped. The standard 360-degree camera helps alleviate the QX80’s poor rear visibility. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second-row rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the third-row middle seat. This is one of the few 3-row SUVs that does not have three tether anchors in the second row.

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a proximity key, a power liftgate, and a 360-degree parking camera. Audio and climate controls are straightforward, but they’re mounted a little too low to reach easily. All models also come with a 13-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch-screen display, and navigation.

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Used 2014 Infiniti QX80 Prices

You can expect to pay between about $30,300 and $49,500 for a used 2014 QX80. Prices depend on the SUV’s trim, condition, and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Infiniti QX80?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Infiniti QX80 a reliability rating of three out of five, which is considered average across all vehicles. However, luxury large SUVs from brands like Lexus and Cadillac earn higher ratings.

How Safe Is the QX80?

The major safety agencies did not crash test the 2014 Infiniti QX80. This is the case with most luxury large SUVs.

A 360-degree parking camera comes standard. Models with the Technology package have lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, forward and rear automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Some of the available advanced safety features (like blind spot monitoring) only work at highway speeds. That means you’ll need to keep an eye on your speed to know if a feature is activated, which may be distracting.

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Should I Consider Another Used QX80?

The QX80 was called the QX56 until the 2014 model year. The 2014 model belongs to the QX80’s second generation, which began in 2011 and continues through 2017. The 2013 Infiniti QX56 has similar features to the 2014 Infiniti QX80, but it costs a little less on average. The 2015 QX80 will likely have a higher price tag, but it has fresher exterior and interior styling.

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Which Used Infiniti QX80 Is Right for Me?

There are only two models available for the 2014 Infiniti QX80, differentiated by whether they have rear- or all-wheel drive. A number of packages are also available, including the Theater package. It’s great for parents, as it comes with two 7-inch color monitors, a wireless remote control, and heated outboard second-row seats. However, avoid models with the Technology package. Although it adds a number of safety features, some of them only work at highway speeds.

A certified pre-owned QX80 might cost you more, but it may be worth the price. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

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2014 Infiniti QX80 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti QX80 or 2014 Cadillac Escalade?

Both the QX80 and the Cadillac Escalade have a powerful V8 engine, a high towing capacity, and a comfortable interior with seating for up to eight. The Escalade offers more cargo space, but it relies on an old-looking touch-screen infotainment interface. It can be tricky to pair your smartphone with this system. Still, go for the Escalade if reliability is a top concern. If you want an SUV with better handling, more maneuverability, and confidence around turns, get the QX80.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti QX80 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has a lot going for it. Its base turbodiesel engine returns impressive fuel economy numbers, and it offers a bevy of potent engine choices that make it more powerful than the QX80. Unlike the Infiniti, the Mercedes comes standard with all-wheel drive. However, the QX80 costs less than the GL-Class and comes standard with leather upholstery, a 360-degree camera, and navigation. Unless you’re after one of the GL-Class’ super-powerful engine choices, go for the QX80 to save money and get more features.

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