The QX80 received a few updates on the interior, but not enough to make the SUV worthy of attentionby Alina Moore, on LISTEN 04:15
The second-generation Infiniti QX80 started its life back in 2010 when it was actually called QX56. The name then changed for the 2014 model year, when it also received a mild update. So, needless to say, the current QX80 is not exactly a young model anymore.
And while many of you consider it as an overly glorified Nissan Armada, when we got the chance to test drive the QX80 we didn’t have too many bad things to say about it. Not sure if we will advise you to actually buy one, as the price is kind of high for a car that is not exactly a spring chicken, but, at the same time we can’t exactly say we will completely vote against it.
And, if you were hoping to tell you that Infiniti has just announced a new generation QX80, sorry to disappoint you, but the QX80 continues almost completely unchanged for one more year.
2022 Infiniti QX80 - Nothing New or Improved
Did the exterior change at all?
Sadly, no! Despite the last update the QX80 received back in 2017, it still looks kind of outdated.
Let’s be honest, if you look at the SUV you don’t exactly think of a 2022 design. Think of Infiniti’s latest QX50 or QX60 and, compared to the QX80, and you will see the differences we are talking about.
The front look is dominated by a big grille - we were about to say huge, but then we remembered the new M3. The headlights look kind of aggressive and the extensive use of chrome give that "bling-bling" feeling.
The rear of the QX80 is what screams "redesign!" It is disproportionate and outdated, to say the least. When designing the rear of the new QX80, Infiniti aimed to make it "wider, taller and more athletic than its predecessor" - however it managed to obtain anything but that. It looks for sure taller - maybe too tall when compared to the front, but the rear is just weird. The taillights are too sharp and thin, the lines are too straight, and the bumper section is way too high.
Any updates on the interior?
In fact, yes! The interior is the only part of the QX80 that was kind of updated for the 2022 model year. Not by much, but enough to make a difference. The center cluster has been revised and it offers a widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility. All models will also be offered with a wireless smartphone charger.
What’s under the hood?
Just like with everything else, no changes were made under the hood either.
The 2022 QX80 is powered by the same 5.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.
All models come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The QX80 is a big car, so do not expect impressive performance figures. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 113 mph. However, it is very good when it comes to towing: 8,500 pounds - which is better than pretty much any model in this class.
Of course, fuel economy is not one of the biggest points of the QX80. During city driving you will only get 13 mpg on AWD models and 14 mpg on 2WD models. On the highway things get a little better, but not impressive: 19 mpg for the AWD models and 20 mpg for the 2WD ones.
|Horsepower||400 @ 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Drive||RWD \ AWD Optional|
|Towing Capacity||8,500 LBS|
|Fuel Economy||14 City \ 20 Highway|
|Curb Weight||5,676 - 5,921 LBS|
|0-60 MPH||6.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||113 MPH|
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will hit U.S. showrooms in late summer 2021. Prices will start from $70,600 for the base model. All models will be offered with all-wheel drive that adds another $3,100.
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Luxe||$70,600|
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Luxe 4WD||$73,700|
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select||$75,385|
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select 4WD||$78,485|
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory||$82,235|
|2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory 4WD||$85,335|