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2016 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 has muscular engine performance, pleasant handling, and a well-dressed interior. However, its merely average reliability rating holds it back in our luxury large SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Large cargo area
  • Low fuel economy
  • Cramped third row




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Infiniti QX80 Overview

Is the 2016 Infiniti QX80 a Good Used SUV?

The Infiniti QX80 is a decent pick if you’re shopping for a luxury large SUV. The QX80 can seat up to eight in reasonable comfort, haul heavy loads with its brawny V8 engine, and pack away a generous amount of cargo. It soaks up rough pavement rather comfortably as well, and it’s available with many advanced safety features. Fuel economy, however, is not its strength.

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How Much Is the 2016 Infiniti QX80?

You can expect to pay between $40,000 and $60,000 for a used 2016 QX80. These figures are based on 250 listings for the 2016 Infiniti QX80 on our site. The average price is $49,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Infiniti QX80 Cost to Own?

The QX80’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $33,700 (about $6,750 per year). That’s a bit higher than average for the luxury large SUV class. By comparison, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, and Toyota Land Cruiser have the lowest five-year costs in this class: around $26,900, $30,200, and $31,600, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX80?

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 starts at $64,750. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used QX80, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss out on too many features by sticking with a used model either. Changes for 2018 include a restyled exterior, an updated center console, and larger rear-seat DVD screens. These updates just aren’t enough to differentiate the 2018 model from its very similar predecessors.

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If the 2018 QX80 is out of your price range, but you still want a new SUV, consider the 2018 Nissan Armada. It starts at $46,090 – less than the average cost of a 2016 QX80 – and is essentially the same vehicle. Both of these truck-based SUVs are built at the same factory. They offer the same V8 engine and transmission, comparable seating and cargo space, a similar interior design, and the same advanced safety features. The QX80 just includes more of these features as standard, and it wears nicer trim accents and upholstery. The 2018 Chevy Tahoe and the 2018 Toyota Sequoia also cost less than an average-priced 2016 QX80, and they rank higher in the class.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Infiniti QX80?

The QX80 has an average reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Infiniti QX80 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2016 QX80.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX80 Is Best?

The 2016 QX80 is part of a generation that launched in 2011. It was originally called the Infiniti QX56 (from 2011 to 2013) but was renamed the QX80 in 2014. The SUV has seen very few updates over the years. As a result, you can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2011 or 2012 QX56, while still getting the same features and performance as the later 2016 and 2017 QX80 models. The one factor that will be different is the exterior styling. The SUV received a restyled front bumper and new headlights for the 2015 model year.

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Which Used Infiniti QX80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 QX80 comes in two trims: QX80 and QX80 Limited. The Infiniti QX80 base model will suit most buyers. It comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, a Bose stereo, a CD player, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, a power liftgate, a moonroof, keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, tri-zone climate control, leather seats, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, a 360-degree-view camera, and alloy wheels.

The QX80 Limited trim includes every optional feature from the base QX80, plus some exterior and interior styling upgrades. Available features include rear-seat DVD players, a second-row bench seat (eight-person capacity overall), cooled front seats, and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus, Tesla, and Jaguar are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the QX80?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2016 Infiniti QX80.

All 2016 QX80 models come standard with a 360-degree-view camera and parking sensors. The available 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.

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2016 Infiniti QX80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX80 or 2016 Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX 570 received a substantial update for 2016, which included a redesigned exterior and the addition of an eight-speed transmission. Lexus also made its suite of advanced safety features standard in all LX models, and it greatly improved the SUV’s interior quality. These factors – along with the LX’s higher reliability rating, smoother ride, and superior off-road performance – make it the better option.

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX80 or 2016 Cadillac Escalade?

The Cadillac Escalade won our 2016 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families award, and it’s the better option. The Escalade has lower projected ownership costs, better tech features (like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and – in the ESV model – a much roomier seating and cargo area. Even taller adults can find ample third-row space in the Escalade ESV. It comes at a cost, though: used Escalade models tend to require a few thousand dollars more.

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2016 QX80 Performance

How Does the 2016 Infiniti QX80 Drive?

The QX80 has a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The potent V8 is quite responsive and delivers strong acceleration. The seven-speed transmission provides slick gear changes as well, though it occasionally hesitates to downshift. Infiniti’s all-wheel-drive system offers both high- and low-range gearing, allowing the SUV to venture off road with confidence.

The QX80’s suspension does a fine job of soaking up rough pavement, and its steering is light and rather quick for a full-size SUV. The result is a smooth and composed ride with pleasant handling. Hydraulic Body Motion Control, an available feature, improves the QX’s handling further by adjusting the suspension in tight turns to minimize body roll. The SUV does have its drawbacks, though. The available 22-inch wheels stiffen up the QX80’s otherwise comfortable ride. A wide turning radius makes the SUV tricky to park, and its thirsty V8 and heavy body-on-frame chassis contribute to poor fuel economy.

Does the 2016 Infiniti QX80 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The QX80 returns just 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, which is below average for its class. All-wheel-drive models dip the highway rating to 19 mpg.

2016 Infiniti QX80 Towing Capacity

The Infiniti QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 QX80 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 QX80 Seat?

The Infiniti QX80 is a 3-row SUV with seating for seven. The standard second-row captain’s chairs are split by a center console. You may find used models equipped with an optional second-row bench seat instead, which raises the seating capacity to eight. The QX80’s first- and second-row seats are soft and supportive, and they provide ample head- and legroom. However, the QX80’s third row is best reserved for kids and smaller teens, due to the low seating position and slim legroom. Leather and heated front seats are standard; heated rear seats and cooled front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Infiniti QX80?

The QX80 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats.

2016 Infiniti QX80 Features

Infiniti equips all 2016 QX80 models with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available features include rear-seat DVD screens. The touch screen is simple to use and complemented by a control knob and additional buttons beneath it. The setup isn’t cutting-edge by 2016 standards, but it does make it easy to access features on the go. The QX80 earned praise for its upscale cabin and quality materials – especially Limited models, which add dark chrome accents, open-pore wood trim, and quilted leather.

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2016 Infiniti QX80 Dimensions

Infiniti QX80 Cargo Space

The QX80 has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, and 49.6 cubic feet with these seats folded. Total cargo space climbs to 95.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded, which is quite roomy for the luxury large SUV class.

2016 QX80 Length and Weight

The QX80 is 17.4 feet long. Rear-wheel-drive models have a curb weight of 5,644 pounds, while all-wheel-drive models weigh 5,888 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Infiniti QX80 Built?

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 was built in Japan.

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