Plus, Infiniti provides many driver-assistance features for no additional charge. But the value proposition suffers a bit when you consider that the Nissan Armada, from which the QX80 derives, can be spec'd with nearly as many luxuries as the Infiniti.
The QX80 boasts attractive styling and luxury-brand cachet, but there are more compelling offerings out there.
Infiniti has reconfigured the QX80 lineup to include a new mid-range Premium Select trim and a high-end Sensory model for 2021. It also added standard driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
The QX80 Premium Select wears unique styling elements, including dark-chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels, and matte-brown interior embellishments with either a Sahara Stone or Truffle Brown color scheme.
The Sensory model is the most luxurious and comes with chrome bits on the outside, quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery and burl-wood trim on the inside, a hydraulically controlled suspension, and a large rear-view mirror that doubles as a digital display for a rear-facing camera.
Given the Sensory model's price brushes elbows with that of the new GLS-class and a well-optioned X7, I'd stick with the Luxe model.
It offers plenty of luxury features to keep occupants happy, such as genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel with heat, second-row captain's chairs, a 13-speaker Bose stereo system, in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and adaptive cruise control.
The 400-hp 5.6-liter V-8 and seven-speed automatic transmission launches the three-ton Infiniti to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
While that's speedy given this SUV's size, every other competitor are even quicker. Still, around town, this Infiniti gallops with grace, its exhaust note growling after heavy-footed accelerator applications.
A comfortable ride couldn't make up for the fact that the QX80 felt less athletic than the GLS450. So if you're looking for a mega-luxury SUV with sharp driving dynamics, you should look elsewhere; the Infiniti's serene character will satisfy buyers who want to be coddled.
The QX80's touchscreen infotainment system—called In-Touch—is easy to use but unremarkable.
While the screens are responsive and a mobile hotspot is available without spending a fortune, every luxury competitor has a better interface and features. The QX80 comes with 12-volt outlets and four USB ports.
The optional Theater package adds another USB port and a 120-volt outlet. It also includes the rear-seat entertainment system, consisting of two 8.0-inch screens fitted to the back of the front-seat headrests.