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2022 Infiniti Qx80
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Fuel Economy $ 14 / 20 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 17/95 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/8
Horsepower 400@5,800
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2022 Infiniti QX80 MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Quick in a straight line
  • Plush trimmings, comfortable feel
  • Impressive towing capacity


  • Major thirst for fuel
  • Ponderous driving dynamics
  • Low safety scores

As Infiniti's largest and most expensive vehicle, the QX80 intends to show the best of the brand. This luxury full-size three-row SUV was introduced for the 2011 model year, with periodic updates applied since then. It's mechanically similar to the Nissan Armada, featuring a standard V-8 and built on an old-school body-on-frame platform. We expect a new infotainment system to headline changes applied for 2022.

What We Think

At this point, it seems like the QX80 is clinging on to relevancy. Now more than a decade old, this three-row SUV represents a bygone era.

With its standard V-8 and body-on-frame construction, the QX80 remains quite capable. It's quick and has commendable towing capabilities. However, those trucklike roots compromise the driving experience. By today's standards handling is sloppy, and the engine's thirst for fuel hardly compares to modern powerplants.

Taken on its own, the QX80 is fairly luxurious. Its cabin is nicely appointed and comfortable, though not as spacious as some competitor vehicles. Even with the new infotainment setup we're anticipating for 2022, the QX80 doesn't exactly sit on the cutting edge of car technology.

All told, the QX80 is outclassed in nearly every measure by its newest competitors, which are more spacious, safer, more efficient, and higher-tech. Like we said last year, hopefully a full redesign comes soon.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Every QX80 is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 producing 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It's joined to a seven-speed automatic transmission, with RWD standard and 4WD optional on all trims. In our testing, a QX80 equipped with 4WD accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. We expect fuel economy to be similar to last year; the EPA rated RWD models at 14/20 mpg city/highway and 4WD models at 13/19 mpg.

When Will the QX80 Be Redesigned?

No two ways about it: The QX80 is old. It's fundamentally the same vehicle that made its debut for model year 2011. Since then, the industry has advanced significantly, and all of the QX80's competitors have been redesigned or updated with the latest engineering and tech. But Infiniti has stayed the course, just applying periodic updates to keep the QX80 somewhat competitive. But it seems like the clock is ticking—do luxury buyers really want to drive something so outdated? In our view, Infiniti would do well to bring the QX80 into the modern era with a new platform, powertrain, and styling. The brand just did so with the QX60, so we hope the bigger three-row is next in line. And as we've seen the new Toyota Land Cruiser that will likely underpin the next-gen Lexus LX, there's increasing pressure on Infiniti to revamp the QX80. We hope that happens in the next year or two.

Safety Ratings and Features

Crash safety ratings for the QX80 are some of the lowest in the luxury full-size three-row SUV segment. When the 2021 model was tested on the NHTSA's five-star rating scale, it earned a four-star overall score. That factored a five-star side crash score with three-star frontal crash and rollover protection scores.

Standard driver assist and active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, front automatic emergency braking, and a rear seat occupant reminder.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

For as big and boxy as the QX80 is, its interior capacity is surprisingly limited. It trails the 2022 Cadillac Escalade in nearly every measurement, in some cases significantly.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 QX80: 39.6/41.0/28.8 inches
  • 2022 Escalade: 44.5/41.7/34.6 inches

Headroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 QX80: 39.9/40.0/36.8 inches
  • 2022 Escalade: 42.3/38.9/38.2 inches


The QX80's updated infotainment system for 2022 mirrors what was applied to the 2021 Nissan Armada. A 12.3-inch touchscreen replaces the previous 8.0- and 7.0-inch dual-display setup. Apple CarPlay is wireless, but to use Android Auto you'll need a cable. Navigation, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, and wireless phone charger are all standard. The QX80 Luxe base model serves up standard heated front seats and a power liftgate. At the high end of trim levels, the QX80 Sensory offers a 17-speaker Bose system, adjustable hydraulic suspension, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Recommended Trim

If you're set on a QX80, we think it's best to go all out and choose the range-topping Sensory trim. It makes the QX80 more convincingly luxurious. Huge 22-inch wheels help it look the part from the outside, but the interior is more impressive. Quilted leather seating upholstery covers the seats, which are heated and ventilated up front. An air-cleansing climate control system keeps the cabin fresh. The Sensory trim adds a 17-speaker audio system and rear-seat entertainment system. It all rides on a trim-specific hydraulic suspension system, and at about $81,000 comes equipped with a V-8 while similarly priced European competitors have six-cylinder engines. Even so, those competitors are probably the better vehicles to drive and live with.

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  • Horsepower: 400
  • Seating: 7
  • Towing (Max): 8,500 pounds

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Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 63 Months - Infiniti announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-03-2022
$0 3.39% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Infiniti announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-03-2022
$2000 Infiniti announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to current owners/lessees. 01-03-2022