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The aughts are dead, long live the aughts! That seems to be the prevailing mentality these days as the full-size, body-on-frame SUV enjoys a renaissance that recalls the pre-recession years. To take advantage of the segment's reborn popularity, many automakers are updating their behemoth SUVs. The latest rig to pop into the powder room and freshen up is the 2018 INFINITI QX80, which at 210 inches stem to stern is the dreadnought of the INFINITI fleet.

What's New for 2018

The silhouette may be largely the same, but a host of updates have found their way into the QX80. For starters, the fascia now boasts slimmer headlights, a more upright grille, and larger functional air dams. The rear receives a similar treatment, with new taillights and liftgate serving to differentiate this year's SUV from the last. There is more sound deadening and interior storage space, and new interior trimmings ratchet up the cabin's luxury quotient.

The big QX benefits from a technological leap forward as well. There is an updated rear entertainment unit that is now compatible with HDMI devices and can treat viewers with a high-definition picture. If the driver needs to get everyone's attention, there is an all-mute button up front to cut the sound to all infotainment systems front and rear. Buyers can also use their smartphone to sound the alarm, start the car and set the climate control. The car's smart key allows the driver to set specific settings that will be paired to that key specifically, so when it is used to start the SUV the settings are automatically adjusted to. As the QX80 comes with two keys, this means that each key can store and save all their user's preferences, from seat position to radio presets - a boon for any couple regularly sharing their ride with each other.


Choosing Your INFINITI QX80


What hasn't changed is the powertrain. As with last year's model, a 5.6-liter V8 is under the hood and produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It is matched to a seven-speed automatic that offers drivers a manual shift mode, though don't expect to be banging shifts off the redline; this is, after all, a luxury SUV, and as such it is tuned for comfort and smoothness above all else. If the temptation to bury the throttle is just too much to resist, this three-ton mastodon will sprint to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, and will continue to run up to a top speed 130 mph.

Like any good luxury SUV, the QX80 has a variety of hoity-toity options. The available smart rearview mirror toggles from a standard mirror to a monitor that streams video from a camera mounted on the rear-windshield. This technology offers a wide-angle lens that helps reduce rear blind spots, a welcome bit of tech on such a large vehicle. There's also a whole roster of safety features available, including predictive forward collision warning, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and backup collision intervention.

Another interesting option that buyers won't see but will most certainly feel is the Hydraulic Body Motion Control. This bit of suspension chicanery uses a pair of linked hydraulic cylinders that work to effectively reduce body roll; the result is a QX that corners flatter than one would expect for such a tall and large vehicle, and offers a ride that the brand claims is 35% stiffer than the segment bestseller (which INFINITI fails to name but can be presumed to be the Cadillac Escalade).

The QX80 is available in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Gas mileage for the former is 14 miles per gallon city and 20 highway, while the latter is rated at 13/19. There are no trim levels on the QX80; the model simply starts at a base price, and from there buyers are able to add a variety of packages and options.

The QX80 begins at $65,745 (including destination). It includes leather upholstery, a class IV hitch, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth, moonroof, touchscreen infotainment and navigation, INFINITI InTouch Services complimentary for four years, surround-view camera, LED lights, and auto-dimming, power-folding, heated mirrors. There is also a heated ten-way power driver's seat, a heated eight-way power passenger seat, dual memory settings for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors, second-row captain's chairs, and a power-folding third-row.

Unsurprisingly for a luxury vehicle bereft of trim levels, the available packages and options are numerous. The $2,900 Driver Assistance Package includes all the aforementioned active safety features. For those who don't want second-row captain's seats, $250 gets a second row 60/40 split bench that ups seating capacity from seven to eight. For $450, buyers can purchase in-car wifi, which allows up to five devices to connect simultaneously. For $2,800, buyers can get 22-inch wheels shod in all-season performance tires. The Theater Package costs $2,450, and includes dual eight-inch monitors mounted in the back of the front-seat headrests, two wireless headphones as well as two headphone jacks, a wireless remote, an HDMI and USB port, 120V power outlet, and heated second-row seats.

The $5,700 Deluxe Technology Package is the priciest add-on available for the QX80. The contents of this posh package include Hydraulic Body Motion Control, the smart rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, semi-aniline leather seats that boast a rich-looking diamond-stitch pattern, a 15-speaker Bose sound system, Burl wood trim in either charcoal or espresso, auto-leveling headlights, chrome mirror caps, headlight washers and an advanced climate control system.

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Don't leave the dealer lot without the active safety features package; $2,900 is well worth the peace of mind that comes with having today's technology standing at the ready in the case of any emergency. Also a must-have is the Deluxe Technology Package; it adds a level of ritz and glamour to the QX80 that the base model lacks, and on top of that the nifty Hydraulic Body Motion Control promises to offer handling that is less ocean barge and more actual SUV.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Full-size luxury SUVs are few in number, with the 2018 INFINITI QX80 named among them. This year’s model is far more attractive than before, but its roots trace back to 2010 and that’s something not easily hidden. The V8 is a charm and the interior upholstery is first-rate. We’re just disappointed that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility aren't an option.

Best Value

The 2018 INFINITI QX80 is a full-size, seven-passenger SUV. It's a one-trim-level model with standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. Here, INFINITI matches a V8 engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Our pick is the four-wheel-drive model with the Driver Assistance Package. All models come with LED fog lights, body-colored running boards, a power-sliding moonroof, roof rails, and chrome wheels. You’ll also find three-zone climate control, second-row captain’s chairs, 4G LTE WiFi and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.

  • Model: 2018 INFINITI QX80 4WD
  • Engine: 5.6-liter V8
  • Output: 400 hp / 413 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 13 City / 19 Hwy
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($3,100), Driver Assistance Package ($2,900, backup collision intervention, blind-spot monitoring and intervention, lane departure warning and prevention, distance control assist, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and predictive forward collision warning)
  • Base Price: $69,145 (including a $1,295 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $72,045



The 2018 QX80 has a 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 413 pound-feet of torque. While certainly no slouch, it has since been outclassed by newer models and it shows. INFINITI continues with a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. Together, the QX80 supplies a robust 8,500-pound tow rating.

With its Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, you might think body roll is kept under check. It's not. That’s difficult to do with any big vehicle, especially one pushing three tons. Expect ample body roll, a soft suspension, and ponderous handling. The QX80 is outclassed by the Lincoln Navigator and trails the Cadillac Escalade and Lexus LX 570.

Interior and Exterior

We’re happy INFINITI updated the QX80, although at this point in the lifecycle chain, a new model would have been the better option. Nevertheless, this is what INFINITI offers and we're more than happy to comment on the model at hand.

The updates make quick work of an old, tired design, one with an uninspiring grille and an oversized and out-of-place rear bumper. The fresh look offers a new grille similar to the style of the QX60, improved side grilles, and clean, sharper headlights. The rear bumper is now in proportion to this SUV’s size and the taillights benefit from a similar redo as the headlights.

As before, the cabin, with beautiful leather, remains this model’s strongest attribute. Upgrading to the semi-aniline leather means opting for the four-figure Deluxe Technology Package, which also supplies a pair of handsome wood choices. Like the front seats, the standard second-row captain’s chairs are very comfortable and not worth replacing with an available bench seat to gain an eighth seating spot. The third row is tight for adults and is best left to strap in children.

The Best and Worst Things

The QX80 offers inexpensive active safety features. On the other hand, not offering Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility is a big ding for tech-savvy motorists. Even budget models are a step ahead of INFINITI in this arena.

Right For? Wrong For?


In a segment with few competitors and high prices, the QX80 seems like a bargain among them. With four-wheel drive, your beginning price is just under $70,000. Choose your packages wisely and you'll manage your costs effectively.

The low cost means settling for an outdated model. The newest big SUV on the block is the Lincoln Navigator and it offers a modern drivetrain and an outstanding interior. The QX80 is behind in the segment in several areas, including fuel economy, and that's apparent.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 INFINITI QX80 offers improvements befitting a mid-product-cycle update, but it comes late in this model’s life. The latest version loses the previous model’s ugliness, but the INFINITI QX80 is still a step behind the competition. You would do well looking elsewhere.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 400 HP / 413 ft.lbs.
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
14 / 20 / 17 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.6L V-8 / 400 HP / 413 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
14 / 20 / 17 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
95.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
152 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
210.2 "
Exterior Width
79.9 "
Exterior Height
75.8 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
40.0 "
Front Legroom
39.6 "
Rear Legroom
41.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
63.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
63.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,676 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
20.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver Forged Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored With 1 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bucket / 60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
13 Bose / 15 Bose 5.1 Studio Surround
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Prevention W/active Lane Control Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 60,000 Miles

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