- Formerly known as the QX56
- The largest SUV in Infiniti’s lineup
- Seats up to eight passengers
The king of the mountain, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is the largest SUV (and the largest vehicle for that matter) in Infiniti’s lineup, blending luxury appointments and off-road capability into a large, but still tidy package.
Infiniti, in a bid to simplify the names in their lineup as well as give headaches to car writers everywhere, reshuffled and renamed their whole lineup for this year including the QX80, which was formerly known as the QX56. The number 56 referred to the 5.6-liter V-8 lurking under the hood, but the number 80 has no such meaning; it’s just the largest number in their SUV lineup.
The QX80 is well appointed both inside and out as its price would suggest. Xenon HID headlights, power folding side mirrors, and 20-inch wheels all come standard. Styling is befitting a large SUV, with pronounced fenders and wheel arches and a very tall stance. Up front, the Infiniti grille looms large and chrome plated. Also available are power washers and a power liftgate.
Under the hood as we mentioned previously is a 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 400-hp and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a four-wheel drive system is optional which adds high and low range flexibility. Towing capacity maxes out at 8,500 pounds.
Inside, the QX80 offers the option of a second row bench or captain’s chairs which changes seating capacity from eight to seven passengers. Leather upholstery is standard, as are powered/heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a heated steering wheel, and USB port. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are optional, along with a Bose stereo system and navigation.
Six airbags are standard, including three-row side curtains which protect all passengers. Active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system are also standard. Additional safety technology, especially useful on a large vehicle like this, is also available. Blind spot warning, a lane departure warning and prevention system, intelligent brake assist, and adaptive cruise control are optional.