2018 Infiniti QX80

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MSRP: $64,750 - 67,850

2018 Infiniti QX80 Review

The easy-to-drive 2018 Infiniti QX80 delivers a comfortable ride, but its outdated technology and limited features list contribute to its place in the bottom half of our luxury large SUV rankings.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine and adept handling
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Lower price than rivals
  • Very good predicted reliability
  • Outdated infotainment technology
  • Lacks features found in rivals

Is the Infiniti QX80 a Good SUV?

Though the Infiniti QX80 sits near the lower end of our rankings, it's still a good luxury large SUV. The Infiniti has almost perfect predicted reliability, comfy seats, a smooth ride, agile handling, and a powerful engine. Additionally, its mostly high-quality cabin offers more cargo space than many class rivals. On the downside, the QX80 doesn't offer several features that are available in most competitors, and it has outdated driver assistance and infotainment technology.

Should I Buy the Infiniti QX80?

You should bypass the QX80 if you want the latest and greatest technology. On every other front, however, the QX80 delivers – and it costs less than most competitors. If having outdated technology doesn't bother you, consider purchasing this Infiniti. Of course, it's always a good idea to shop around. You may also want to consider a nonluxury large SUV like the Nissan Armada, or another luxury large SUV like the Cadillac Escalade.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti QX80?

The Infiniti QX80 was last redesigned for the 2011 model year, when it still had the QX56 nameplate, and there have been few major changes throughout the years. The 2015 model added updated interior and exterior styling, while the 2017 model added available pedestrian detection and forward collision warning. For 2018, this SUV adds new features and has refreshed interior and exterior styling. Since there haven't been that many changes since the most recent redesign, you may want to consider purchasing an older QX80 to save money.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 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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How Much Does the Infiniti QX80 Cost?

The Infiniti QX80 has a base price of around $65,000. That’s one of the lowest starting prices in the class. There’s only one QX80 trim, but there are several option packages to choose from, some of which can add a few thousand dollars to the price tag. But even a fully loaded QX80 costs less than many of its competitors.

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Infiniti QX80 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX80 or Cadillac Escalade?

The Cadillac Escalade has a few advantages over the QX80. Like the Infiniti, this luxury large SUV has a user-friendly infotainment system, but smartphone users will be happy to hear it also comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You'll find powerful V8 engines in both vehicles, but the Escalade has a little more power and slightly better gas mileage estimates than the QX80. Both models deliver remarkably nimble handling for their size, as well as an adaptive suspension that gives them a secure and comfortable ride. Overall, both vehicles will give you the luxury and space you'd hope to find in this segment, but the QX80 will cost you much less. Additionally, the QX80 has an almost perfect predicted reliability score, while the Escalade's is the lowest possible. If you're looking for a more modern vehicle, go with the Escalade. For a cheaper alternative, opt for the QX80.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX80 or Nissan Armada?

The QX80 has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, so if you want a more affordable alternative, you'll have to look outside of the segment. Luckily, the Nissan Armada is a budget-friendly version of the Infiniti QX80; by choosing the Armada over the QX80, you'll save nearly $19,000, and you’ll get an SUV with a much better predicted reliability rating. On the performance front, the Armada delivers a comfortable, composed ride. Also, its 390-horsepower V8 has plenty of power, and it only has 10 horsepower less than the engine found in the QX80.

The Armada doesn't offer the same level of interior opulence as the Armada, but this large SUV is still nice and quiet. While its front seats could use some more space, its reclining rear seats have a ton of head- and legroom. Like most 3-row SUVs, both vehicles lack sufficient room in the third row for adults. The Armada's infotainment system is hard to use, while the simple-but-outdated QX80's setup has quick, straightforward menus.

If you can forgo a little bit of elegance, the Armada is a solid option for budget-minded shoppers. You'll get most of what the QX80 offers for less.

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QX80 Interior

How Many People Does the QX80 Seat?

The QX80 seats seven or eight, depending on whether you opt for the available second-row bench seat. The third row will feel cramped to some, but it’s easy to access. The first two rows are comfortable and roomy.

QX80 and Car Seats

The QX80 has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, both in the second row. The tether and lower anchors are all fairly easy to find and use. There are tether anchors in the third row, but it’s hard to install a child safety seat back there.

QX80 Interior Quality

On the whole, the QX80’s interior is what you want from a luxury SUV. It looks great, it’s quiet, and there are lots of top-notch materials. However, there are a few spots where low-quality materials snuck through, which might ruin the feel for some.

QX80 Cargo Space

The QX80 has more cargo space than many of its classmates. With all seats in use, you get more than 16 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for nearly a dozen pieces of carry-on luggage. Fold down the second and third rows, and you have more than 95 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for just about anything you can fit through the doors.

QX80 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the QX80 include navigation, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, and a USB port. Available features include a 15-speaker Bose audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 8-inch monitors.

The infotainment system in the QX80 disappoints. It receives some updates for 2018 and is straightforward, but it still feels outdated compared to rivals’ systems. The QX80’s system has a black-and-white screen, and it lacks connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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QX80 Performance

QX80 Engine: The V8 You Deserve

The QX80 features a 400-horsepower V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine has a nice rumble to it, and it delivers solid acceleration despite this SUV's size. The transmission shifts smoothly and pairs well with the engine.

QX80 Gas Mileage: Oof

This Infiniti earns 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Those are bad ratings, even for a giant SUV. Driving the QX80 will cost you about $200 more per year than driving a Cadillac Escalade (which isn’t a fuel sipper itself).

QX80 Ride and Handling: It’ll Surprise You

A good surprise is always welcome, and that’s what the QX80 delivers. It handles well for a vehicle its size, and there isn’t much body roll through corners. It also rides smoothly, and road imperfections are absorbed with ease.

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QX80 Reliability

Is the Infiniti QX80 Reliable?

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That is well above the automotive industry average of three 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 2018 Infiniti QX80 has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it three out of five stars in the rollover crash test and five stars in the side crash test.

QX80 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the QX80 include a 360-degree camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, distance control assist, rear cross traffic warning, and pedestrian detection.

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Which Infiniti QX80 Model Is Right for Me?

Infiniti makes things easy on you when choosing a QX80 trim because there’s only one. It has a starting price of $64,750 and comes standard with a 400-horsepower V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and a host of comfort, infotainment, and driver assistance features. But there are some features and packages you may want to add.

Four-wheel drive costs an additional $3,100. The Driver Assistance package ($2,900) adds blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and distance control assist.

The Theater package ($2,450) adds a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and heated second-row seats. The Deluxe Technology package ($5,700) adds ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a 15-speaker Bose audio system, and more. You can also add a second-row bench seat for $250 and a Wi-Fi hot spot for $450.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 has a lot going for it, both inside and out. However, it finishes in the bottom half of our luxury large SUV rankings because it’s starting to feel a little long in the tooth in some areas. If you don’t mind some outdated tech features, though, there are many reasons (including a near perfect predicted reliability rating) to put this Infiniti on your shopping list.

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

  • "While not exactly cheap, our 2018 Infiniti QX80's as-tested price of $83,195 included all the major option groups. … That undercuts the price you'd pay for a similarly equipped Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, or Lexus LX 570. The base price, about $66,000 for a rear-drive model, is even less. That's a pretty good value, and now that the Infiniti QX80 is a looker, it makes it easier to overlook some of its shortcomings. Bottom line: if its new styling made you do a double take, it might be worth an even closer look." -- 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
  • "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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