2019 INFINITI QX80 Review

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2019 INFINITI QX80 Overview

When it comes to luxury SUVs, the QX80 is Infiniti’s full-size offering that competes with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Lexus LX. It’s one of the company’s best-selling models, and since it got a refresh last year, there is little reason to make many changes. Nevertheless, Infiniti has introduced a new Limited model for 2019. A premium model, it adds luxury appointments inside as well as exterior flair like dark 22-inch wheels, stainless steel running boards with rubber grips, branded welcome lighting, satin chrome trim, special paint treatment for the lower bumpers, and a “LIMITED” emblem for the rear hatch. The new QX80 also comes in exclusive Anthracite Gray paint. Otherwise, the QX80 goes into 2019 without any other major changes.

QX80 buyers have one choice when it comes to powertrain, and that’s a 5.6-liter V-8 with a 7-speed automatic. It makes 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, and can be had with either standard rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the QX80 is rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds, which is enough for a small trailer and weekend toys. With rear-drive, the QX80 will manage 14 mpg city, 20 highway, and 16 combined, and will lose 1 mpg when equipped with four-wheel drive. Infiniti added Hydraulic Body Motion Control for the QX80 for last model year, to reduce body roll through the corners.

The big update for the 2019 QX80 from a comfort and convenience perspective is the new Limited trim. Available with seven-passenger seating, it features two-tone semi-aniline leather and Alcantara-appointed seats with quilting and contrast piping and stitching. It also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, matte silver open-pore ash wood trim, black Ultrasuede headliner and pillars, leather-wrapped grab handles for the doors, satin chrome interior door handle trim, special floor mats, and a special cargo mat with a flashy metal logo.

All QX80 models get leather seats, wood trim, and multiple USB ports. Nevertheless, it’s a luxurious space and available options include cooled front seats, 15-speaker Bose stereo, reversing camera mirror, chrome mirror caps, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, heated rear seats, and a theater package that adds 8.0-inch screens for the rear passengers, HDMI connectivity, a 120-volt power outlet, and wireless headphones. The 2019 QX80 offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows upright.

The QX80 is a bit too expensive to get crash tested, but its smaller cousin the QX60 has scored quite well. Most of the appealing active safety features come as options on the QX80, but buyers who opt for the new Limited model will get lane-departure warning and prevention, intelligent cruise control, distance control assist, predictive forward-collision warning, forward emergency braking, blind-spot warning and intervention, and backup collision intervention.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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