You'll find a handful of full-bodied luxury SUVs on the market and the INFINITI QX80 is among the plushest. This model offers all the expected trappings and then some, transforming this truck-like SUV into a fashion statement.

Pricing and Equipment

Prices for the 2017 INFINITI QX80 begin at $63,850 (including $995 for destination) for the base rear-drive model or $66,950 for the QX80 4WD which, shocker, comes with four-wheel drive. We think the standard 4WD is where most buyers will begin their search, discovering the following features:

  • Navigation with weather and traffic alerts
  • Power rear liftgate
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • 13-speaker Bose audio system
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Leather seats
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Automatic headlights with high beam assist
  • Body-colored running boards with splash guards
  • Under radiator skid plate

The two base models offer several package options, including driver assistance ($2,900), theater ($2,400), tire and wheel ($2,800), and a deluxe technology package ($5,200). The last package brings in hydraulic body motion control, headlight washers, wood trim, semi-aniline leather seats, climate control seats, and an upgrade to the standard Bose audio system. Add $450 if you desire to transform your SUV into a rolling wifi hotspot.

Then there is this huge leap to the Limited edition ($89,450), a four-wheel-drive model that pulls out all the stops. Here, you’ll find ample 22-inch wheels with a dark chrome finish, stainless steel side pipes with welcome lighting, fine ash wood, truffle brown leather seats, and an ultra suede headliner and pillars. All available packages are included as well.

The 2017 INFINITI QX80's sole powertrain is a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It works alongside a seven-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway (13 city and 19 highway mpg for the QX80 4WD models).

Performance Pros

  • A strong powertrain moves this burly SUV without any noticeable weak spots. The transmission shifts smoothly, finding the right gear for the moment.
  • The truck-based QX80's body delivers adequate off-road ability for most owners. It lacks the whizbang off-road tech and locking differentials of a Range Rover, but there is plenty of power, a low-range gearbox, and a lofty ride height available.
  • The INFINITI QX80 has an 8,500-pound trailering rating with an Integrated Class IV tow hitch and 7-pin wiring harness with cover included. When you're ready, engage the tow mode and the throttle response and engine shift points automatically adjust to handle the added load.

Performance Cons

  • If you're looking for an engaging driving experience in the QX80, you'll be disappointed. The steering is finger-light and devoid of feedback and the tall body rolls heavily through turns.
  • Fuel economy in this segment ranges from bad to terrible (unless you're one of the seven people that bought a diesel Range Rover), and the QX80 is no different. Its massive weight, poor aerodynamics, and thirsty engine conspire to drag down fuel economy.

Interior Pros

  • The QX80's cabin feels plush and exclusive. There's high-quality, carefully fitted materials generously applied throughout the interior.
  • Choose the Limited edition and INFINITI raises the quality bar a full notch. Comfortable quilted leather seats, silver accent piping, and real wood trim stress the wow factor.
  • There's room for up to eight, although we would keep the second-row captain's chairs instead of opting for the no-cost three-place bench seat swap.

Interior Cons

  • Cargo space behind the third-row seat measures 16.7 cubic feet, or about as much space as a midsize sedan's trunk. However, that's mostly vertical space, so plan accordingly.
  • Three youngsters or two adults can fit in the third row, but don't try placing three adults back there, otherwise you'll be squeezing them in.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The existing forward-collision warning system adds a very helpful pedestrian warning feature for 2017.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Size matters and when it comes to parking, that's a challenge with the QX80. Instead, you'll be looking for ways to avoid parallel parking at all costs.

The Bottom Line

The QX80 Limited brings in every conceivable option and pushes this SUV's final price above $90,000, which will pinch the average consumer's wallet. We think the QX80 4WD with the driver assistance and theater packages offers a well-appointed vehicle for about $76,000.