2020 Infiniti QX80 Review

Given its size and thirst, I was left wondering if the QX80 really has a place in the modern world. What's more, largely unchanged since its introduction back in 2011, the competition has long since surpassed Infiniti’s flagship SUV.

That said, the interior is sumptuously outfitted, comfortable, quiet and exceptionally spacious. The upgraded infotainment system adds two high-resolution screens along with a host of new functionalities for the 2020 model year.

On the other hand, as this video demonstrates, the big Infiniti is a true four-wheel drive vehicle. A seven-speed automatic transmission forwards the engine’s output through this system to the wheels.

Power comes from a 400-horsepower V8, capable of propelling the huge SUV to 60 mph in just under six seconds. However, the engine’s prodigious appetite for fuel renders the QX80 coupled with gas pumps far too often. We averaged just over 16 mpg.

A positive by-product of the QX80’s sheer size is its quiet, comfortable and smooth ride. Steering is easy and stability is exemplary on the highway at elevated speeds. Parking is surprisingly easy too.

Still, for all of that goodness, the Infiniti QX80 is well past its sell-by date. Similarly priced competitors have outclassed it in every regard.

Pricing starts at $66,970.

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