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
For 2019, a new Limited trim joins the lineup, armed with just about every available option as standard equipment. The Luxe trim gains standard forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection and predictive forward-collision warning.
If you're going to do it, do it right and get a loaded QX80 Limited. If you go with the Luxe, at least add the ProAssist, Sensory and ProActive packages.
The 2019 Infiniti QX80 comes in two trims: Luxe and Limited. Luxe models offer the option of either RWD or AWD, while the Limited comes standard with AWD.
Standard equipment for the QX80 Luxe ($66,395 with 2-wheel drive and $69,495 with AWD) includes a 13-speaker Bose audio system, Intelligent Key keyless entry and push-button starting, a power sunroof, a power rear lift gate, LED head lamps, 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. New this year is automatic emergency braking and collision warning.
The QX80's options list is composed mostly of packages. The ProActive package adds adaptive front lighting, Infiniti's Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, a blind spot monitoring system, a Smart rearview mirror and more. The ProAssist package includes backup-collision intervention, a blind spot monitoring system, intelligent cruise control, distance-control assist and lane-departure and intervention. The Sensory package adds a 15-speaker Bose audio system, semi-aniline leather-quilted seating, Charcoal Burl or Espresso Burl trim, climate-controlled front seats, heated remote tip-up second-row seats, Plasmacluster air filtration and more.
The 22-in wheel package includes 22-in wheels, while the Theater package brings dual 8-in LCD screens and wireless headsets. 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.
The Limited ($91,095) trim includes all of the Luxe option package plus standard AWD. The only option is a $500 premium paint job.
|Basic||4 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2019 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.
2019 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.
2019 Mercedez-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.