Powerful V8 engine; lovely interior detail; impressive electronic safety assists; surprisingly manageable road manners
Poor fuel economy; can be difficult to maneuver in tight spots
If you're going to do it, do it right and get a loaded QX80 with all-wheel drive. 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.
Standard equipment for the QX80 2WD ($65,745) and QX80 AWD ($68,845) 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, tri-zone automatic climate control, 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's options list is composed mostly of packages. The Deluxe Technology package adds adaptive front lighting, semi-aniline quilted leather seating, Infiniti's Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, a blind spot monitoring system, 15-speaker Bose audio, a Smart rearview mirror and more. 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 Tire and Wheel package includes 22-in wheels, while the Theater package brings dual 8-in LCD screens, wireless headsets and heated, remote tip-up second-row seats. The Split Bench package increases capacity from seven to eight by replacing the second-row captain's-chair seating with a split folding bench seat. A Wi-Fi package is also available.
|Basic||4 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 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.
2018 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.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS -- The GLS isn't as large as the QX80, and it drives a bit better. Plus, you can opt for a twin-turbo V6, twin-turbo V8 or a twin-turbo AMG V8 rated at 577 hp. 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 2010-2016 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.