Apart from the name change, the only other difference for the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is the addition of the Backup Collision intervention system to the optional Technology Package...
Infiniti's QX nameplate originated in 1996 with the Pathfinder-based QX4. For 2014, all SUVs and crossovers in the Infiniti lineup will bear the QX prefix, and sitting atop that lineup is the QX80 (previously QX56). Infiniti introduced the QX56 in 2004; it was a virtual clone of Nissan's full-size Armada and was built on the F-Alpha platform shared with the Nissan Titan pickup truck. In order to differentiate the QX56 from its more plebeian Nissan twin, Infiniti introduced a brand-new QX56 for the 2011 model year based on the Nissan Patrol, which is not sold in the United States.
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is Infiniti's biggest, most expensive, and most powerful SUV, competing with full-size luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus LX570. We've always liked the big Infiniti because of the refined way it goes down the road, especially considering its massive size. The 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 moves the big 2014 Infiniti QX80 with authority, and the luxurious cabin is like "a richly appointed efficiency apartment on wheels," at least according one editor.
We tested a QX80 (then called the QX56) for twelve months, during which time the big SUV proved to be capable, refined, comfortable, and durable. After 31,508 miles with the QX, we said it was "easy to see why affluent families aren't leaving the luxury SUV segment: these big beasts are the automotive equivalent of having your cake and eating it, too." The 2014 Infiniti QX80 really can do it all: carry seven passengers in comfort, tow up to 8500 pounds with ease, and exhibit surprisingly capable driving dynamics while doing so.
Unsurprisingly, the QX80's powerful V-8 does not produce great fuel-economy numbers, but its 14/20 mpg city/highway rating does beat competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GL450 (14/19 mpg) and the Lexus LX570 (12/17mpg).
- Cadillac Escalade
- Lexus LX570
- Lincoln Navigator
- Mercedes-Benz GL-class