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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - January 26, 2016


The QX80 officially debuted in 2014, but wasn’t really a new model. Instead, it was a part of INFINITI's new model-naming restructure, with vehicular roots that stretched back to the 2004 debut of the QX56 full-size SUV. INFINITI had renamed that QX56 the QX in 2012, then switched to QX80 in 2014. Two years later, the QX80 still looks similar to the 2014 model, but some notable changes have been made to this large SUV, to keep it competitive.

What's New for 2016

Last year, the QX80 received a fairly hefty refresh. A new Signature Edition has been added for 2016. Only 1,000 Signature Editions will be offered.

INFINITI QX80 Front Quarter

Choosing Your INFINITI QX80

Each QX80 features the same engine: a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. This powerful V8 mates with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Only one decision has to be made in the drivetrain department, and that’s whether you want rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

With that kind of power in a heavy vehicle, fuel economy isn’t a strong point, EPA-estimated at 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive makes it even less thrifty, estimated at 13/19 mpg (city/highway). When properly equipped, towing capacity is 8,500 pounds.

Two trim levels are offered: base and Limited, plus the new Signature Edition.


In base trim, the rear-wheel drive QX80 starts at $63,250, while the all-wheel drive model is base-priced at $66,350. Even the base QX80 comes standard with a slew of premium features, rivaling any full-size luxury SUV on the road. These include a moonroof, roof rails, power liftgate, INFINITI Intelligent Key, leather-appointed seating, 10-way power driver seat and eight-way power passenger seat, and mocha burl trim. Bluetooth audio streaming, an eight-inch color touchscreen, Bose 13-speaker audio, an Around View monitor with moving object detection, parking sensors, navigation system, and tri-zone climate control also are standard.

Signature Edition

For an additional $1,000, the new Signature Edition incorporates the contents of both the Driver Assistance and Split Bench packages. Chrome mirror covers, bodyside moldings, and a Saddle Tan high-contrast leather interior also are included.

Limited AWD

Last year, the Limited was an option package. For 2016, it’s a separate trim level. Available only with all-wheel drive for $88,850, the Limited gets a more distinctive look, featuring dark chrome 22-inch alloy wheels, dark chrome interior trim, stainless steel running board caps with rubber grip, welcome lighting under the running boards, darkened headlight and taillamp inner lenses, and dark chrome windshield pillar covers. The unique interior features semi-aniline Truffle Brown leather with a quilted pattern, plus open-pore matte finish wood trim. Grab handles are leather-covered, and the Limited’s center stack holds unique silver switchgear. All the available option groups are standard in the Limited: Driver Assistance, Tire and Wheel, Split Bench, and Deluxe Technology.

Buyers of the base QX80 can choose from five option packages:

  • Driver Assistance Package: Adds $2,500 to the base price, providing plenty of active safety features. They include Backup Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Distance Control Assist, and a steering wheel-mounted switch for Safety Shield Technologies.
  • Theater Package: For $2,400, you can keep rear passengers entertained. Package includes two seven-inch monitors in front headrests, a wireless remote, two sets of wireless headphones, A/V input jacks and 120-volt outlet, and heated tip-up second-row seats.
  • Tire and Wheel Package: Lay out an extra $2,800 and INFINITI will toss in a set of 22-by-8-inch, 14-spoke forged alloy wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires.
  • Split Bench Seat Package: At no extra cost, INFINITI will replace the second-row captain's chairs with a 60/40 split bench, which increases seating capacity from seven to eight.
  • Deluxe Technology Package: For $5,500, this package adds Hydraulic Body Motion Control, climate-controlled front seats, 15-speaker Bose surround-sound, semi-aniline leather seating, Stratford burl trim, chrome mirror caps, second-row footwell lighting, Advance Climate Control, Blind Spot Intervention system, headlight washers, lane-departure warning and prevention, pre-crash front seatbelts, and adaptive headlights.
CarsDirect Tip

Considering how much is included with the base QX80, that seems to be the sensible choice. Moving up to a Limited brings a long list of additional features, true, but at a whopping $22,500 premium—enough to buy a whole additional vehicle. Of course, adding a few of those option groups individually also pushes the total outlay sharply upward.

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