7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2015 Infiniti QX80 Review

The Infiniti QX80 offers a luxurious and roomy interior, muscular engine performance, and refined handling. However, its average predicted reliability rating holds it back in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior
  • Punchy V8 engine
  • Refined, athletic handling
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Tight third row

New for 2015

  • Improved forward collision warning system
  • Interior and exterior styling updates

2015 Infiniti QX80 Overview

Is the 2015 Infiniti QX80 a Good Used SUV?

The Infiniti QX80 is a solid option if you’re shopping for a full-size luxury SUV. The QX80 can seat up to eight people in reasonable comfort, pull heavy loads with its robust V8 engine, and swallow a generous amount of cargo. Better still, it’s pleasant to drive over rough roads, and it’s available with many advanced safety features.

Used 2015 Infiniti QX80 Performance and Interior

The Infiniti QX80 has a 400-horsepower V8 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The potent V8 can rocket the QX80 up to highway and passing speeds with ease, and the well-mannered automatic delivers quick, seamless gear changes. The QX80’s suspension smooths out bumps and dips in the road, and its steering is light and responsive for a full-size SUV. The result is a smooth and composed ride with pleasant handling. The available Hydraulic Body Motion Control improves the QX80’s driving dynamics further by adjusting the suspension to minimize body roll in tight corners.

The QX80 has a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, which is great for its class. The all-wheel-drive system offers high- and low-range gearing, which allows the SUV to venture off road with confidence. The QX80 does have its drawbacks, though. Its thirsty V8 and heavy body-on-frame chassis contribute to low fuel economy. It returns just 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

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The Infiniti QX80 is a 3-row SUV with standard seating for seven. Second-row captain’s chairs are standard and split by a center console. Some models come with a second-row bench seat, which raises the seating capacity to eight. The QX80’s first- and second-row seats are plush and supportive, and they offer generous head- and legroom. The third row is best reserved for kids, due to its low seating position and slim legroom. Leather and heated front seats are standard; heated rear seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The QX80 offers a vast 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded.

Infiniti equips all QX80 models with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. The touch screen is delightfully easy to use. Its menus are simple, and there’s a control knob with additional buttons underneath the screen, which makes it easy to access features while on the go. Available equipment includes a rear-seat entertainment system and a crisp Bose surround-sound stereo system. The QX80 earns praise for its well-dressed cabin and quality materials, especially models optioned with the Limited package, which adds dark chrome accents, open-pore wood trim, and quilted leather.

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Used 2015 Infiniti QX80 Prices

Prices range from about $49,900 for Infiniti QX80 base models to around $67,700 for fully loaded Infiniti QX80 AWD models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Infiniti QX80?

The Infiniti QX80 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average compared to all vehicles but a little below average among luxury large SUVs.

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How Safe Is the QX80?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the 2015 QX80.

All QX80s are equipped with front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera. The Driver Assistance package adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist. The Deluxe Technology package adds lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around corners.

Should I Consider Another Used QX80?

The 2015 QX80 marks the fifth model year of the vehicle’s second generation. It was previously known as the Infiniti QX56. Updates for 2015 include subtle exterior changes, headlights with auto on/off high-beam assist, and a more advanced collision warning system. The SUV was otherwise unchanged. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2014 models at a much lower price.

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Which Used Infiniti QX80 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 QX80 comes in only one trim. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, keyless entry, remote start, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, a second-row bench seat (which bumps seating capacity to eight), cooled front seats, and a full suite of active safety features.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned QX80. The Infiniti CPO warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage, which can cover up to six-years/unlimited-miles from the original new-car purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Extra benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

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2015 Infiniti QX80 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Infiniti QX80 or 2015 Nissan Armada?

You’re likely to find a used 2015 Nissan Armada for thousands of dollars less than its corporate cousin the QX80. Those savings come with compromises, however. The Armada has a lower-quality interior, none of the QX80’s advanced safety features, and a V8 engine that delivers pokey acceleration. The QX80 is the better vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2015 Infiniti QX80 or 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

The Cadillac Escalade was fully redesigned for 2015. Both luxury SUVs have well-dressed interiors, balanced handling, and many active safety features. The Escalade, however, rates higher in predicted reliability, and its long-wheelbase ESV variant offers better cargo and third-row seating space than the QX80. We named the Escalade our 2015 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2015 Infiniti QX80 or 2015 Lexus LX?

The 2015 Lexus LX (aka the LX 570) boasts excellent off-road performance and a superior predicted reliability rating. But the QX80 is a better on-road companion. The Infiniti offers more-composed handling, a larger cargo space with easier-to-fold rear seats, and a higher max tow rating by 1,500 pounds. Used QX80 models are often available at lower prices as well.

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