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The 2017 Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV displays a bold presence as big as the vehicle itself. A massive grille matches its massive proportions, and its interior is steeped in the finest materials Infiniti designers can lay hands on. Far from subtle, the QX80's proportions appear larger than life, augmented by styling that seems to exaggerate every line, curve and seam. The entire package is set off by a massive set of 20- or optional 22-inch alloy wheels that, when rolling, look like giant fan blades ready to slice into anything that draws near.

The QX80 offers a sophisticated suspension that helps the driver feel more in control and the passenger more comfortable. A roomy interior provides good headroom and legroom in all three rows, and with the second- and third-row seats folded, the QX80 offers up a massive level cargo floor capable of hauling all manner of gear, luggage or whatever requires 95.1 cu ft. of space.

What's New for 2017?

For 2017, the Infiniti QX80 has forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection added to the Driver Assistance package. Trailer sway control is added, and the Limited's Mocha Almond exterior color is expanded to all models.

What We Like

Powerful V8 engine; lovely interior detail; impressive electronic safety assists; surprisingly manageable road manners

What We Don't

Poor fuel economy; can be difficult to maneuver in tight spots

How Much?

$64,845-$91,500

Fuel Economy

The QX80 is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 that makes an impressive 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Models with Infiniti's All-Mode 4-wheel drive (4WD) include a driver-selectable AUTO/4HI/4LO computer-controlled transfer case. When left in AUTO mode, the system will detect wheel slippage and route power to the wheels with the best traction.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the QX80 at 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for rear drive models, 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 comes in two trims: base and Limited. Base models offer the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), which is standard on the Limited.

Standard equipment for the QX80 2WD ($64,845) and QX80 AWD ($67,945) includes a 13-speaker Bose audio system, Intelligent Key keyless entry and push-button starting, a power sunroof, a power rear lift gate, LED headlamps, 10-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats with 2-way power lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, voice-activated hard-drive navigation, front and rear sonar parking aids and Bluetooth. The Around View 360-degree monitor is also standard. It uses cameras in the side mirrors, front grille and rear hatch to create 360-degree and bird's-eye views of the scene outside the car. The system also includes Moving Object Detection, which can detect moving objects within the top view (when in park) or from both the front and rear when backing up or moving forward, respectively.

The QX80 Limited ($91,385) features standard AWD, all QX80 features plus unique Truffle Brown leather seating, the Driver Assistance package, Deluxe Technology package, Theater package, 22-in alloy wheels, an open-pore matte finish, ash wood trim and dark chrome exterior trim.

The QX80's options list is composed mostly of packages. The Driver Assistance package includes backup-collision intervention, a blind spot monitoring system, intelligent cruise control, distance-control assist and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Deluxe Technology package adds adaptive front lighting, semi-aniline leather seating, Infiniti's Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, advanced climate control, a blind spot monitoring system and more. The Tire and Wheel package includes 22-in wheels, while the Theater package brings dual 7-in LCD screens, wireless headsets and heated, remote tip-up second-row seats. The no-charge Split Bench package increases capacity from seven to eight by replacing the second-row captain's-chair seating with a split folding bench seat (base trim only).

Safety

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 comes with a full roster of safety gear, including 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and an available Hydraulic Body Motion Control system that uses sensors to pressurize individual shocks, minimizing body roll and lean. Inside, the QX80 provides front, front side-impact and 3-row side-curtain airbags. The Driver Assistance package also includes many electronic safety measures to help avoid accidents, keep the vehicle in its lane and alert the driver to vehicles in the QX80's blind spots.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has performed crash tests on the QX80.

Behind the Wheel

This is one of the better-handling large SUVs. Unlike the Lexus LX 570, the QX80 doesn't feel large. Instead, its steering effort is light and direct, with good feedback in fast curves. The optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control system helps the QX80 avoid the tippy feeling commonly found in large vehicles with a high center of gravity. As for acceleration, the 5.6-liter V8 offers stellar performance, responding instantly to throttle input and delivering a sweet, low rumble that is music to a V8 lover's ears.

The QX80's seating is supremely supportive in the first and second rows, and even the 60/40 power-folding third-row seats are suitable for adults, though not spacious. One important note: The QX80's second-row seats are twin captain's chairs separated by a wide console. If you need maximum eight-passenger capacity, you'll need to check off the 60/40 split bench seat option, which can be included at no extra charge (base trim only).

The QX80 is rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Lexus LX 570 -- There's no contest here. The QX80 is superior in terms of ride, comfort, handling, power, towing and fuel economy. The LX 570 might have an advantage in resale, but that's about all we can think of.

2017 Cadillac Escalade -- The Escalade offers two body lengths, the longer of which has a larger cargo hold than the QX80. Although it has more hp and torque, the Escalade can't tow as much weight as the QX80.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS -- The GLS isn't as large as the QX80, and it drives a bit better. Plus, you can opt for a V6, V8 or diesel engine. But a comparably equipped GLS costs more than the QX80, and we find the GLS's interior to be conservative.

Used Land Rover Range Rover -- A 2010-2015 Land Rover Range Rover provides plenty of luxury and real off-road ability, but be sure to get a certified pre-owned model for the extended warranty.

Autotrader's Advice

If you're going to do it, do it right and get the Limited. If you go for the base model, go for the all-wheel-drive over the rear-wheel-drive QX80. If you want heated second-row seats, you'll have to tack on the Theater package. The Driver Assistance package is helpful for those who think they might need the added assistance of features like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

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