2015 Infiniti QX80

The Infiniti SUVs have been marveled at for several years as having some of the most amazing features and rides on the market. As high end luxury SUVs they offer smooth rides and quiet cabins for occupants to truly feel as if they have gotten away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The QX80 is the top of the model range for the Infiniti SUVs and offers a three row, seven or eight passenger model that is full of awesome luxury features and style to be an SUV that is well deserving of the top spot in the lineup.

The QX80 shows off with massive size that makes it feel like it should be a workhorse but once inside is fully refined and sophisticated allowing the feeling of top end luxury to be enjoyed. Living in a class with the likes of the Lexus LX, Mercedes- Benz GL-Class, Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, the QX80 offers a leading power, performance and style to handle all of these challengers. As the second year with this name, the 2015 model offer a new front exterior and interior and added safety features such as Predictive Forward Collision Warning. The QX80 is truly a luxury worker with its towing capacity which reaches up to 8,500 pounds allowing owners to take a large boat out to the lake, or a whole camper to the campground.

The build for the QX80 is a body on frame truck chassis which normally makes for a hard ride that is associated with larger trucks. The QX80 does a great job of being engineered to not have this ride fell and has an outstanding package of control features to enjoy. The suspension is sublime and the steering simply amazing to keep the big beast planted firmly on the road. Body sway is minimal with the balance of the steering system and braking is well- designed to stop this monster dead in its tracks when needed. Added control can be had by adding the Hydraulic Body Motion Control which controls the body lean even more than the basic steering weighting does. Rather than selectable terrain modes, Infiniti kept it simple in this big hauler by offering high and low range modes to make the drive easier.

Some of the amazing features of the QX80 are the driving aids and safety features which are in place and rival Volvo with available safety. Most noteworthy is the Predictive Forward Collision Warning system which is a system that signals what drivers ahead are doing, such as slamming on their brakes, to allow the driver to react quicker than ever before and help save the damage and injuries a front end collision could cause.

Under the hood of the QX80 resides a very powerful and angry beast of an engine just waiting to be unleashed. This engine shows up as a 5.6-liter V8 that offers a powerful 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and downshift rev-matching to give drivers a fuel mileage of 14 city/20 hwy mpg. This powertrain is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive to give drivers the control they desire.

This big SUV is spacious and very comfortable to ride in. The seven-passenger set up features a pair of captain’s chairs in the middle row while the eight-passenger model has a bench seat for three in the middle. Leather and wood trim adorn just about every corner of this entire cabin, giving the feeling of the highest model Infiniti has to offer, which it is. The two rear rows fold down to give a massive amount of cargo space to haul an entire work project home for a weekend yard remodel or to take some great toys to the cabin or lake. The control panel is dynamic, sophisticated and all top end for owners to know they have bought the best luxury SUV on the market.

The outside of the QX80 is a look at beauty that doesn’t look as mild or simple as a box on wheels, which some large SUVs do resemble. This SUV offers some curves and angles up front to showcase the shapely headlights the generous smattering of chrome trimming and the gorgeous shape to the overall vehicle. With a honeycomb grill and multi-spoked wheels the SUV adds a bit more high-end enjoyment that allows the car to look amazing on the road or in the driveway.

Even at the base model the QX80 offers a luxurious and generous amount of features. The standard features include leather seating, a navigation system, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, a moonroof, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a one-year subscription to the Infiniti Connection telematics system, a thirteen-speaker Bose sound system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, the Around View bird’s-eye camera system, front and rear sonar parking sensors and a power operated tilt/telescoping steering column. With all this aboard, even the base model makes a great choice with very little need to add more.

The optional features for the QX80 help take this already luxurious model to one that offers something amazing at every turn. The package bundles start with the Driver Assistance package that includes blind spot monitoring, backup collision prevention, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking and predictive forward collision warning. The Theater package adds rearview monitors and heated second row of seats. The Deluxe Technology package adds the Hydraulic Body Motion Control; climate controlled front seats, semi-aniline leather and blind spot intervention. At the top end the Limited model adds a full leather interior, 22-inch wheels and Ash wood trim to the vehicle.

Starting at just over $64,000 for a rear-wheel drive model the QX80 shows up with a price that is not out of range of its competition. Adding all-wheel drive increases the price by $3,000 and the top of the line, Limited model with all the feature boxes checked off comes in close to $83,000. This price range is what is expected from the flagship of Infiniti SUVs, which gives owners the pleasure of owning one of the best SUVs to ever come to the automotive marketplace.

Written by Blaine Traber

I enjoy Design and Architecture. This includes cars, I have always loved the design of a vehicle and it is what led me to work in the Automotive Industry at Honda. I'm also a freelance automotive journalist.

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