2018 Infiniti QX80 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Infiniti QX80 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 has a quiet interior with plenty of premium materials. But if you look closely, you can find some spots with lower-rent trim than you'd expect from a luxury SUV. Overall, though, the cabin looks great. The seats are comfortable as well, and there’s above-average cargo space. The tech features are a letdown, as many of them feel outdated and less advanced than those found in rivals.

  • "The woodgrain-style plastic on the dash and center stack was less impressive. On the dash, it's a thin horizontal strip above the glovebox and airbag, though it's directly in the front passenger's line of site. There's also a rough seam around the sun visors, which might seem a nit-pick issue, though like the fake wood it seems especially out of place in an otherwise nicely finished interior." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "I knew I was driving a big ol' body-on-frame SUV loaded down with hundreds of pounds of equipment. I knew it. Yet it really didn't seem that way, thanks to the new QX80's luxurious materials, ample room, and quiet ride. Combined, they create a feeling of distance between occupants and highway, fostering a pleasant dreamy state brought about by soft quilted leather seats, contrast stitching, and a refined level of craftsmanship evident in the controls, trim, and instrumentation. Mmm. This is a luxury experience. Can I take a nap here? All these refinements make the QX80's cabin hard to resist." -- New York Daily News
  • "The 2017 Infiniti QX80 certainly delivers the utmost luxury buyers of high-end SUVs expect. Leather and wood are everywhere, and every surface, every material, every shape remind the owner that this is a premium vehicle. The analog clock, an Infiniti trademark, looks like a fine wristwatch." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The Infiniti QX80 seats seven (eight with the available second-row bench seat) and comes standard with leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding and reclining third-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. Heated second-row seats and ventilated front seats are available.

There’s not much to complain about regarding the seats. The first two rows have plenty of head- and legroom and will keep you comfortable on long drives. The third row is easy to access, but – as it is in most 3-row SUVs – it might be too cramped for some adult passengers.

The QX80 has room for two child safety seats in the second row and two in the third row, though the third row is very cramped. 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. There are no lower anchors in the third row and only one top tether, which is in a hard-to-reach spot.

  • "The seats remain comfortable even after a few hours (with breaks) of driving or riding; you don't sit too high on the cushion, nor do they envelop you. Second row leg- and headroom is ample, and the seats flip-and-tumble easily for access to the third row, which is, well, the third row. It offers decent headroom, however, and even legroom isn't bad, at least for shorter rides." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Climbing into the back seats, this marvelously luxurious experience continues to hold true. Second-row comfort and spaciousness matches the front seats, the standard captain's chairs providing two additional personal zones of comfort." -- New York Daily News
  • "[With either the middle bench or bucket seats] … there's generous space in all directions, and 3rd-row accommodations are suitable for most adults and have convenient power folding for when cargo is the priority." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the QX80 include navigation, a moonroof, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, voice recognition, a USB port, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Infiniti Connection, which includes automatic collision notification and Infiniti virtual personal assistant.

Available features include a 15-speaker Bose audio system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, predictive forward collision warning, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, distance control assist, rear cross traffic warning, pedestrian detection, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 8-inch monitors.

Infiniti made some improvements to the QX80’s tech offerings for the 2018 model year, but this SUV still lags behind rivals. The infotainment system feels dated, and it lacks modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are lots of available driver assistance features, but they, too, feel inferior to competitors’ versions of the same features.

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  • "On the flip side, there's only so much Infiniti can do to hide the fact that its luxury SUV was introduced for the 2011 model year. The black-and-white information display between the gauges, for example, looks woefully outdated in an era where glass cockpits are taking over. Despite the upgraded infotainment system there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a missed opportunity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Despite the new tech out back and being remotely connected, the QX80 is still saddled with the same old InTouch tech from the previous generation. The screen's a bit nicer and the software a tad smoother, but this is still a generation behind Infiniti's newer models, lacking Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or any other significant smartphone integration beyond iTunes connectivity with iPhone devices and Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming for the rest." -- CNET
  • "None of this [driver assist automation] is particularly state-of-the-art though. The lane-departure control is very gentle in keeping you between the lines, except for the beeping. This is no Nissan ProPilot Assist, which itself is no Cadillac SuperCruise. After all, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a mid-cycle update of the '11 Infiniti QX80. … Mid-cycle updates don't allow for the latest in automation and connectivity if the basic platform is seven years old." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo 

The 2018 QX80 has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, which is average for the class. However, the 49.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 95.1 cubic feet behind the first row are above average, and there's plenty of room for cargo of a variety of shapes and sizes. A power liftgate is standard.

  • "In terms of utility, folding the third-row seats was also a bit problematic. It took almost 30 seconds of button pushing to make each seat go down, which is going to be a problem when Infiniti's upscale clientele just wants to load larger items in a hurry when its cold outside, or raining." -- New York Daily News
  • "Fold down the second- and third-row seats, and the QX reveals a plentiful cargo bay to hide luggage, sports gear or the latest acquisitions from Best Buy." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "… the QX80 is undeniably useful as a pack mule." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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