With the arrival of newer, more modern players in the luxury full-size SUV category – like the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and Jeep Grand Wagoneer – we tend to forget the existence of the Infiniti QX80. Whatever one thinks of this model that has become archaic, Infiniti is giving it some practical updates for the 2022 model year.
In reality, the updates only affect the central part of the dashboard and the multimedia system which, it must be emphasized, was in great need of love. Like the Nissan Armada that the Infiniti QX80 is based on, Infiniti's big guy gets the same 12.3-inch screen as its cousin along with an all-new interface and physical controls. Gone is the old system with two pseudo-friendly screens, make way for something simplified and much more efficient and modern.
Infiniti has carried out a whole series of improvements in this very interesting luxury SUV with the aim of improving it in a key section. The connectivity. The new QX80 is now a more digital vehicle thanks to changes that have been made to the interior. This luxury SUV that can hold up to three rows of seats inside has taken a step forward in technological terms. Infiniti has taken the new Nissan Armada 2021 as a reference to carry out different improvements.
The new QX80 has become a more digital car. And it is that if we have the opportunity to enter the cabin we will find a central console and, more specifically, with a multimedia system, which takes as a reference the aforementioned Nissan model. It boasts a new infotainment system.
The Infiniti QX80 debuts a more complete multimedia system
The 12.3-inch high-definition Infiniti InTouch touchscreen, which I mentioned above in this review, differs greatly from the configuration featured on the outgoing model that can still be found at US dealerships. It has a higher quality of vision and the operation of the system is more fluid.
The new multimedia system that equips the QX80 2022 is integrated with the browser. In addition, it is compatible with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto via USB connection. It also allows access to online digital services of the Japanese brand. Among the equipment, it is also worth mentioning the wireless charger for compatible mobile phones and the Bose Premium sound system.
Other standard features include leather upholstery for all seats, heated captain's chairs for the first and second rows, and adaptive cruise control.
The engine of the new Infiniti QX80 2022
At the mechanical level there is no news. If we take a look under the hood the engine is a 5.6-liter V8 gas engine that develops an output of 400 hp, 413 lb-ft of Torque and comes with a 7-speed Automatic transmission. You can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations
Trims and MPG
The 2022 Infiniti QX8 is offered in three main trims: The Lux, Premium Select and Sensory. Each of these trims are offered both in RWD and AWD versions (Infiniti calls the AWD a 4WD). Torque News was reviewing the Sensory 4WD trim.
When it comes to 2022 QX80's fuel economy the vehicle is fuel-thirsty. It gets only 15 mpg combined with 13-19 city/highway respectfully.
Nothing changes in terms of design, interior and mechanics compared to the previous-year models. The QX80 asserts itself with a strong design that leaves no doubt about its refinement and its capabilities. Although it is massive, it is derived from the Armada which itself is derived from the Nissan Patrol, a vehicle recognized for its robustness and off-road skills.
The QX80 offers a high level of luxury and comfort. Its finish is one of the best in the Infiniti range. The first two rows offer a lot of comfort, but the last one in the trunk is more difficult for long journeys. Good news: in general, this car gets high reliability ratings.
Inside the QX80 offers plenty of room for people and goods. The controls are a bit old-school design, which I like. I am a conservative man.
The standard tilt-and-telescoping power steering wheel and multiple seat adjustments allow most to find a good driving position, even if the driver's seat is mounted a bit high on the cabin floor.
Sumptuous seats combine with a quiet cabin in an anticipated luxury experience.
The very comfortable front seats include many adjustments along with heating and cooling. The rear ones are a little firmer, but they are well shaped and the third row also has an adjustable backrest.
It's very roomy behind the wheel, and the center row has plenty of legroom and headroom, so its interior is very accommodating on long drives (which we took as a family). The third row is best suited for tweens and small adults, but that's par for the course in this segment.
Cargo space is generous when the power-folding third row is folded down. Behind the rear seats, the QX has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space and when the second and third row seats are folded that goes up to 95.1 cubic feet, leaving it with class-leading numbers.
Safety of Driving The QX80
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 comes with stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a 360-degree parking camera, front seat side airbags, full-length front side curtain airbags and active head restraints.
The Infiniti Connect telematics service has automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle notification, remote access door and lock, and top speed notifications.
The Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning (with pedestrian detection), stolen vehicle notification and secondary driver services and maximum speed notifications.
The Driving Experience
Its V8 engine is powerful and has a strong output. Braking is very good for its size, and it's also a robust towing vehicle (8,500 lbs Tow). The brake pedal feels solid and reassuring for routine use.
Thanks to the hydraulic suspension control movement of the body is exceptional. The hydraulic body motion control system restricts body roll so well you may forget you're sitting that high.
The steering appears as a bit of light, which is welcome in a parking lot.
Full-time four-wheel drive works like a charm, and the seven-speed automatic transmission shifts exactly when you need it on the road.
The QX80 is big, but it's fast and well-coordinated in almost any situation. Wind and road noise are relegated to the background, and the V8 isn't even felt when driving.
Although it is seriously behind the competition from a technological point of view, the QX80 remains a reliable, capable vehicle. Yet, the vehicle needs a refresh.
Nothing has yet been said about a new version of the model. We therefore do not know if Infiniti intends to modernize, even keep the QX80 in its range.
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