The 2021 INFINITI QX80 gains a line-topping Sensory trim with exclusive interior appointments. A Premium Select trim serves as the new midrange model. All versions adopt adaptive cruise control and a higher resolution camera display in the rearview mirror.
The current QX80 debuted in 2011 and received a major refresh in 2018.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX80
The INFINITI QX80 now comes in three trim levels: Luxe, Premium Select, and Sensory. Pricing starts at $70,445 including destination for the Luxe model and climbs to $81,595 for the Sensory.
Every QX80 is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that lays down 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is available on all trims for $3,100. With either drivetrain, the QX80 is rated to tow 8,500 pounds.
The QX80 is EPA-rated at 14 miles per gallon city, 20 mpg highway, and 16 combined. Adding 4WD reduces each estimate by one mpg.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The QX80 is a full-size, three-row SUV with standard seating for seven passengers. The second row features captain's chairs and a center console. All trims are also available with a second-row bench at no cost for eight-passenger seating.
With a full crew aboard, the QX60 offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the third row opens up 49.6 cubes. With both back rows down, the QX80 can hold 95.1 cubic feet, placing it among the most spacious SUVs on the market.
The QX80 comes standard with a comprehensive array of driver assistance technology, including a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
As with many truck-based SUVs, the QX80 doesn't offer active lane keeping assist or automated parking.
The QX80's standard infotainment system features an 8-inch upper touchscreen and a 7-inch lower touchscreen, navigation, four USB ports, HD and satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio sytem.
The Sensory gets a 17-speaker Bose audio system and a rear entertainment system with dual 8-inch screens and two sets of wireless headphones.
The QX80 comes luxuriously equipped from the start with leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power liftgate, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and power front seats, charcoal burl interior trim, a power-folding third row, and a heated steering wheel.
The exterior receives LED headlights and fog lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, and auto-dimming, heated, and power-folding side mirrors.
The Premium Select receives unique styling elements, including dark chrome exterior trim, a black grille, black mirror caps, 22-inch dark chrome wheels, mocha burl wood interior trim, and exclusive leather color choices.
The Sensory features an extended premium leather interior with a graphite headliner, ventilated front seats, and heated rear outboard seats. Outside are chrome mirrors caps, adaptive headlights, and 22-inch forged aluminum wheels.
Exclusive to the Sensory is an adaptive suspension that reduces body roll and enhances ride quality.
Configuring the 2021 INFINITI QX80 is a breeze because almost everything is standard. Whether to spend extra for the Premium Select is purely a matter of personal taste. We see the Sensory as the more worthy upgrade due its adaptive suspension and rear entertainment system, which help make the QX80 a sublime vacation mobile.