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2017 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 is a luxury large SUV that sits in the top third of the class. It has impressive acceleration and nimble handling for a vehicle this size. The QX80 has a high-quality interior with nice materials and easy-to-use technology, but a cramped third row.

Pros & Cons

  • Large cargo area
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • High-quality interior
  • Quick acceleration
  • Cramped third row
  • Poor fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Infiniti QX80 Overview

Is the 2017 Infiniti QX80 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 is a solid choice among luxury large SUVs. It is loaded with standard features and has abundant cargo space. The QX80’s adaptive suspension delivers a smooth ride and keeps the SUV nimble through curves. However, it returns below-average fuel economy estimates for the class.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 47 professional evaluations for this 2017 Infiniti QX80 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Infiniti QX80?

Our site has more than 620 listings for the 2017 Infiniti QX80, with prices ranging from $42,800 to $66,900. The average list price is $50,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 QX80 are estimated to be $35,174. That’s about average for the luxury large SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX80?

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 has a starting price of $64,750, which is about $14,000 more than the average price of a 2017 QX80. In addition to an exterior and interior refresh, the 2018 model has new available features, including the Smart Rearview Mirror, which displays a live video feed of the area behind the SUV – helpful when passengers or cargo block your rear view. The standard technology is largely unchanged between the two model years. Stick with the 2017 QX80 to save yourself some money.

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You won’t find a 2018 luxury large SUV with a starting price that's close to an average-priced 2017 QX80. Drop down to the luxury midsize SUV class, however, and you’ll find several new car options. The 2018 Acura MDX has a starting price of $44,200, and we named it our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. The three-row 2018 Audi Q7, with a starting price of $49,900, is also worth a look. It has sporty performance and a luxurious cabin with a wide range of features.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX80 Is Best?

The QX80 has changed in small ways over the years. From 2011 (the last time it was redesigned) until 2013 it was known as the QX56. It was renamed the QX80 for 2014, but otherwise didn’t change in any significant way. The 2015 model featured a refreshed interior and exterior, as well as an improved forward collision warning system. There were no changes for 2016, and the only change for 2017 was the addition of standard trailer sway control. The QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds, so if you plan to take advantage of its towing prowess get the 2017 model. Otherwise, a 2015 will suit most buyers.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Infiniti QX80?

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Infiniti QX80 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 QX80.

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Which Used Infiniti QX80 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 comes in three trim levels: QX80, QX80 4WD, and QX80 Limited. Standard features in the base model include remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split power-folding and reclining third-row seats, a 13-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, navigation with 3D graphics, an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, real-time traffic information, smartphone integration, a 360-degree camera, and Infiniti Connection, which includes automatic collision notification and Infiniti virtual personal assistant.

The QX80 4WD adds four-wheel drive but otherwise has the same features as the base model. The Limited adds quilted leather upholstery, wood trim accents, a 15-speaker surround-sound audio system, and numerous active safety features.

Unless you drive regularly in inclement weather, the base trim will suit most buyers.

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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?

Like most large luxury SUVs, the 2017 QX80 wasn't crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard active safety features include a 360-degree camera, park assist, and brake assist. Among the many available active safety features are blind spot monitoring, distance control assist, predictive forward collision warning, rear cross traffic warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning and prevention.

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2017 Infiniti QX80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX80 or 2017 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade and the 2017 QX80 share some characteristics. Both include niceties like a 360-degree camera system and front and rear parking sensors, and their cargo capacities differ by less than 1 cubic foot. The Escalade has some advantages over the QX80: It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (neither is available in the Infiniti), and it gets slightly better fuel economy. Beyond that, however, the QX80 is the superior choice. It has a smoother ride, nimbler handling, and a better predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX80 or 2017 Nissan Armada?

The 2017 Nissan Armada is the less-luxurious corporate cousin of the QX80. The Armada isn't as opulent as the QX80, and it has a hard-to-use infotainment system, but its cabin is quiet. When it comes to performance, the Armada offers composed handling for its size and a comfortable ride. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a large SUV without the luxury price tag, but for upscale comfort and ride, the QX80 is the better pick.

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2017 QX80 Performance

How Does the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Drive?

The 2017 QX80 is nimble for a large SUV, thanks to Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, which limits body lean when cornering. This Infiniti's handling is agile, its steering is responsive, and its drive is fun and lively. The QX80 comes with a 400-horsepower V8 engine that produces impressive power and brisk acceleration with no lag. The QX80 has a 7-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Infiniti guzzles fuel. It gets below-average fuel economy for its class: 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive. With four-wheel drive, those numbers drop to 13/19 mpg city/highway.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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2017 QX80 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 QX80 Seat?

The 2017 QX80 seats up to eight people on comfortable seats with high-quality, soft-touch leather. There is plenty of leg- and headroom in the first two rows, while the third row is best left to children. Heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat (including 2-way power-adjustable lumbar support), an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a heated power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a second-row center console armrest with two storage compartments, second-row captain’s chairs, and 60/40-split power-folding and reclining third-row seats are standard. Among the available features are unique quilt seating with upgraded leather and a second-row split bench seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Infiniti QX80?

The 2017 QX80 has complete LATCH systems in the outboard second-row seats and a tether anchor in the third-row middle seat. The LATCH system's second-row lower anchors are easy to find and connect, and the top tethers are clearly marked. Accessing the third row is challenging, making it difficult to install a child seat.

2017 Infiniti QX80 Features

Standard features in the 2017 QX80 include remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a navigation system with 3D graphics, an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, real-time traffic information, predictive weather information, smartphone integration, and a 360-degree camera. Available features include a 15-speaker Bose sound system and Wi-Fi hot spot.

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2017 Infiniti QX80 Dimensions

Infiniti QX80 Cargo Space

The 2017 QX80 has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 49.6 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded, and 95.1 cubic feet with both rows folded.

2017 QX80 Length and Weight

The 2017 QX80 is 17.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,644 to 5,888 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating goes from 7,300 to 7,500 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Infiniti QX80 Built?

Infiniti manufactured the 2017 QX80 in Japan.

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