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2018 infiniti QX80

The Infiniti QX80 is a full-size luxury SUV that features a traditional body-on-frame layout. This design lets the utility back up its rugged looks with excellent towing and off-roading capabilities, although it also features surprisingly competent handling on the pavement as well.

Recent changes
For the latest model year, Infiniti gave the QX80 a new look and minor trim changes inside. The SUV also gets more tech features, including a new infotainment system and a rear-view mirror that doubles as a camera.

Overview
Though its flamboyant, big-mouth exterior styling might not be to everyone's tastes, the QX80 is an unusually well-rounded large SUV in most other respects. Its interior is lavishly appointed, with supple leather, wood trim and soft touch materials adorning every surface, and the first- and second row-seats (the latter of which can be configured with captain's chairs or as a bench seat) are spacious and comfortable.

The same can't be said of the third-row, which is essentially a child-only space, but the QX80 is undeniably useful as a pack mule, with 16.6, 49.6 and 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-, second- and first-rows, respectively.

Thanks to its truck-based underpinnings, the QX80 will also reward the bravery of owners willing to take their pricey SUV off-road by being a decent trail runner. Towing capacity, at 8,500 pounds, is sterling.

Playing a big part in the QX80's ability to haul hefty trailers is a muscle-bound 5.6-liter V8 that churns out 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Allied to a seven-speed automatic transmission, the mill can scoot the big beast from zero-to-60 mph in under seven seconds. Unsurprisingly, fuel economy is a weak point - mileage in the city is rated at just 14 mpg, while highway driving will yield 20 mpg.

Those figures hold whether the QX80 is fitted with standard rear-wheel-drive or optional four-wheel-drive.

All QX80s are equipped with an around view monitor system that provides a live-view impression of a camera suspended above the vehicle when backing out of a parking spot or driveway. The system includes Moving Object Detection, which provides visual and audible warnings if it detects objects in motion within its field of vision.

Standard and optional featuress
The QX80 comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats with memory functionality, a heated steering wheel, genuine wood trim, a 13-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM Bose stereo with USB and AUX inputs, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a power rear liftgate, a wunroof, fog lights, HID xenon headlights with auto on/off functionality, fog lights and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Infiniti offers option packages in lieu of standalone options. Highlights include the theater package, which adds a rear-seat entertainment system, and the deluxe technology package, which bundles features like climate-controlled front seats, auto-leveling headlights, and hydraulic body motion control. Buyers can also add Wi-Fi at an extra cost.

Occupant Safety
All QX80 models boast dual front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.

Optional safety features bundled into the driver assistance package include a lane departure warning system, lane departure prevention, forward collision prevention, and intelligent brake assist.

Key Competitors
Those looking for a coddling full-size luxury 'ute that can tow, hit the trails and carry numerous passengers in comfort should consider the Lexus LX, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.