2023 Infiniti QX80

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Making rounds for a decade now, the Infiniti qx80 has been a status symbol. The latest launch in the qx80 series is the 2023 model, which is a large luxury SUV. The 2023 Infiniti QX80 is all about style and luxury. It gives tough competition to its luxury rivals. The 2023 model of QX80 holds many similarities with the Nissan Armada. Infiniti QX80 doesn’t compromise a bit on luxury, and for this reason, you would find top premium features, even in the lowest trim levels. 

Overview of 2023 Infiniti QX80

Despite all the luxury it offers, there is an irresistible old-school charm about the Infiniti QX80. With each model, the luxury is enhanced. However, the classic aura remains intact. The exterior is sleek, and the interior offers a decent blend of technology and luxury. The vehicle comes with a very affordable price tag and aims at delivering the best. The performance is decent and will be ideal for those looking for an in-town driving partner. 

History

QX80 is a flagship SUV series from Infiniti, a luxury division of Nissan. Each model of the series is an epitome of luxury and refinement. Till 2014, the QX80 series was produced under the name of QX56. Later, in 2014, the QX80 label was introduced. The highlight of the launch model was the eight-passenger seating. The 2015 model was focused on remodeling the exterior, giving it a more contemporary look. QX80 continued enjoying the success that came with revamping the exterior.

Other than exterior changes, the 2016 variant had a few tech advancements as well. The 2017 model also revised the exterior, complying with the trends. Another notable change in this model year was the inclusion of new driver safety and assistance features. The 2018 generation witnessed changes in both the interior and exterior. The year 2019 was all about making the QX80 stand out among the competitors.

For this reason, it included an improved engine and safety features. The 2020 model had more improved interior features. Further, from this till the present model, only a few changes were made till the current 2023 model. 

Engine, Transmission and Performance

The SUV market is growing by many folds. With each new entry, the competition and comparison increase. Engine, efficiency, and performance are critical aspects of comparison. The QX80 features a 400-hp 5.6-liter V-8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Both All-Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive alignments are available and vary depending on the trim level. 

Infiniti QX80 is also compared widely with its competitors. It attains 60 mph speed from 0 in 5.9 seconds. Compared to the size of the SUV, this seems a decent statistic. However, when compared to other competitors, the numbers don’t seem very unrivaled as almost all surpass the 5.9 seconds benchmark of Infiniti QX80 2023. Despite all this, the engine offers smooth delivery and a snappy throttle response. 

A few setbacks are also seen in the transmission as it hesitated to downshift when tested on a highway ride. When tested on town roads, the case seemed otherwise, as QX80 produced an energetic growling after the application of heavy acceleration. The towing capacity of QX80 is remarkably higher than Mercedes’. It is 8500 pounds (about 3855.53 kg), which is 800 pounds greater than Mercedes. 

All these upsides cannot balance out the fact that the mega-luxury SUV named 2023 Infiniti QX80 does not offer sharp and up-to-the-mark driving dynamics. Also, fuel efficiency isn’t very economical. Even if you go for the most economical option possible, it rates at 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. 

Exterior

The exterior of the 2023 Infiniti QX80 is quite modern and has a contemporary accent. The interior of the vehicle might not be up to date for many modern consumers. Still, the interior has undergone certain changes in each generation to make it look the way it is in the 2023 model. Various color options are also available for the exterior. However, the availability of the color option varies from generation to generation. The most Prominent feature on the exterior is the huge front grille, carrying the Infiniti logo. 

Inside the 2023 Infiniti QX80

The inside of the Infiniti QX80 screams luxury. The interior complies with Infiniti’s prioritization of passenger comfort. Unlike the big names in the market, who are racing to introduce flashy interiors and the latest technology, the Infiniti QX80 keeps up with its old-school charm. Not much has changed in the interior over the years. 

A few redesigns in the 2023 model include the remodeling of the center stack. It features a 12.3-inch-high-definition touchscreen display. It also comes with a standard wireless smartphone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay, and USB-connected Android Auto. In higher trim levels, another USB port and a 120-V outlet are also included. The rear seats have two 8-inch fitted screens on the back of the front headrests, exclusively in the premium Sensory trim. 

In the infotainment section, not much has changed in the Q80 2023 model. Still, it offers user-friendly controls, which aligns with Infiniti’s policy of not spending much on overdesigned updates and tech upgrades.

The HVAC system has a new outlook in the 2023 model. It includes physical knobs for adjustment. Many consumers expect it to be automated. However, the Infiniti QX80 stands tall with its old-school charm. It would have been a win-win situation for manufacturers and consumers if Infiniti limited the commitment to its timeless aura to manual HVAC controls. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and many other pivotal features, such as the panoramic sunroof, massaging seats, and a head-up display, are also absent. 

However, coming back to the virtues of the 2023 Infiniti QX80, the inclusion of a third seating row is the highlight of the interior. This third row is standard in all trim levels. Infiniti claims it to be a roomy setting that can accommodate adults, too. Despite this, many consumers have faced issues with legroom and headroom in the third row. The second row has captain’s chairs that can be alternated for a three-seat bench. 

The cargo space is ample on the interior. In the cargo space category, QX80 2023 poses tough competition to big names with similar seating alignment. Infiniti QX80 has the most storage capacity, according to many consumers. However, that’s only the case if you do not use the third row and roll it down to add cargo space. With all three rows in use, the cargo space reduces to 16.6 cubic feet from the 49.6 cubic capacity in the two-row configuration. 

Driving Experience

As already mentioned, the updates in the tech department have been very slow for many years for the Infiniti QX80. However, when it comes to assisting the driver with keeping eyes on the road, the Infiniti QX80 2023 is much updated. The 2023 model features an integrated Amazon Alexa voice assistant. It delivers tangible feedback through the steering wheel for the lane departure warning. 

Other safety technologies include blind spot monitoring and intervention, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure prevention, and backup collision intervention. All these are included as a standard in each trim level of Infiniti QX80. The 360-degree camera, which Is also included in all trim levels as standard, helps in navigation and assists in parking. There’s also a camera-based rear-view mirror for added safety. However, many consumers have complained that their vision is blurred, especially at nighttime.  

Speaking of overall driving experience, it is not very sport-oriented. If you are looking for an exceptional road performer, the Infiniti QX80 might not be able to cater to you as its driving dynamics are not very sharp but rather subtle. 

Pros

Smooth power delivery

Competitive Pricing

Practical interior

Cons

Compromised fuel economy in AWD

Automotive Journalist Verdict

For a full-size family luxury SUV, QX80 offers great value for money, considering its starting price. If the latest technology and up-to-date interior features are not on your priority list, QX80 is a solid option. It offers more tactile control rather than more automated ones. If you are okay with this, QX80 can prove to be a great on-road companion. Although it has an extra seating row, it perfectly suits a family of five, catering to the cargo needs as well. The Sensory trim qualifies easily for the critic’s choice option as it is an all-in-one package, and it beats the price tag of the base model of the two-row Lexus LX and the four-wheel drive base model of the Lincoln Navigator. Escalade doesn’t even offer four-wheel drive in under six figures. In short, what the Infiniti QX80 is offering in its top-tier trim is cheaper than what big names are offering in their base trim levels. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the most occurring problem with the Infiniti QX80?

Transmission issues are the most faced issue with Infiniti QX80. Others include starting problems, suspension glitches, and infotainment system glitches.

What is the maintenance cost of an Infiniti QX80?

An Infiniti QX80 will cost roughly up to $11,582 for maintenance and repairs (For the first 10 service years). 

What is the life span of Infiniti QX80?

The life span of an Infiniti QX80 typically will reach around 200,000 miles. However, with proper care and maintenance, life expectancy can be enhanced.  

Is Infiniti QX80 made in Japan?

Infiniti QX80 is made in Yukuhashi, Japan, at the Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant. 

Written by: Motorcardata

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