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2018 Infiniti QX80: Real World Review

The 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a bit of an outlier in its segment. In the world of full-size luxury SUVs, it can be tough to live in the shadow of the big American players, the Cadillac Escalade, the GMC Yukon Denali and the Lincoln Navigator. The QX80, which has received a facelift for the 2018 model year, however, is still a strong player in the segment despite its competition being tougher than ever.

Our editor, Brian, found the QX80 to be an excellent Escalade alternative, which is saying a lot. The Infiniti is actually a sort of budget proposition in the full-size luxury SUV segment. With a starting price of around $65,000, it’s actually priced about $10,000 below the Escalade and Navigator, and it even undercuts the Yukon Denali’s starting price. As for the Japanese competition, the Infiniti is a full $20,000 cheaper than the Lexus LX, which hasn’t received a major update in a decade.

While he thinks it’s a good value, Brian felt that the QX80 could use a tech update. The infotainment system isn’t bad, but it is a little dated and has a notable absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which should be a given in an SUV like this. Technology is becoming a bigger selling point in luxury vehicles all the time, and if Infiniti doesn’t give the QX80 a tech makeover soon, it could start falling behind.

The dated infotainment system is forgivable, however, when you consider everything else the QX80 has going for it. It has the old-school driving experience of a body-on-frame SUV that people love combined with a thoroughly modern look inside and out and a supremely comfortable cabin.

Our other editor, Ben, was a little less impressed with the 2018 Infiniti QX80. In the brief time he spent with the SUV, he found the updates for the 2018 facelift to be very limited. Updates for 2018 include a redesigned grille and hood, new LED headlights and full LED taillights. He noticed nicer stitching on the leather inside and noted the more attractive front clip, but didn’t find anything else particularly new about the 2018 model.

So there might not be all that much new for 2018, and it might be lacking in a few areas where its competitors excel, but the Infiniti QX80 still presents an excellent value in a desirable segment. For a classy way to haul the whole family and all of their stuff, with towing capacity to boot and without spending Escalade money, this Infiniti is worth a look. It also doesn’t hurt that your neighbors will think you spent a lot more money than you did when they see one in your driveway.

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