2019 Infinity QX80 - Driven

2019 Infinity QX80 - Driven
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  • Infinity QX80 - Driven
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400 @ 5800
  • MPG(Cty):
    14
  • MPG(Hwy):
    20
  • Torque @ RPM:
    413 @ 4000
  • Energy:
    gasoline
  • Displacement:
    5.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.3 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    113 mph
  • Price:
    90200
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

A proven but aging body-on-frame recipe.

The Infiniti QX80 isn’t exactly a spring chicken. If you count the three years that it was on the market as the “QX56,” this full-size SUV has been on the market for nearly a decade. This is a rather long lifestyle for an SUV in today’s automotive climate, but the QX80 is a very niche vehicle; not in size and purpose but in terms of sales for the brand. When you look at overall sales of the XC80, the figures don’t look that great. In 2016, Chevy sold more than 103,000 Tahoes, and even Cadillac sold some 23,000 examples of the Escalade. The QX80, though? Infiniti moved just 14,085 over all of 2016, and that was an 8.3-percent increase over 2015. With that in mind, the company can’t exactly give it a short lifespan like other automakers can their full-sized, wide-selling SUVs.

That doesn’t mean the QX80 has been ignored, however. On the contrary, it was actually refreshed when Infiniti swapped its name over from QX56, and it was refreshed again in 2017. The overall appearance of the QC80 isn’t displeasing to look at, and when we were offered the chance to spend a few days and give it a good thorough test drive, we couldn’t turn down the offer. Immediately we started asking ourselves questions: Can it still hold its own in a market with much newer, more advanced vehicles? Does it’s aged chassis still deliver driving dynamics and comfortability that’s on par with other full-sized, luxury SUVs on the market today? Should someone really pay anywhere between $65,000 and upward of $90,000 for a vehicle that’s due for retirement? Well, we’ve set out to figure out just how well the QX80 has aged over the years – you just might be surprised.

 

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