The 2020 Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV is a massive rolling showcase for Infiniti’s most impressive technology, interior artistry and bold external styling. Although under its new skin resides an aging platform introduced in 2010, the QX80 remains a modern luxury chariot with a soft ride.
Powerful V8 engine and just about every imaginable luxury feature save for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Although it goes head-to-head with the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and Lexus NX, many owners feel the QX80’s stunning interior puts it in the same league as a Land Rover Range Rover.
If you need big towing and people-carrying ability, but you want a full-size SUV that speaks to your place in the world, the 2020 Infiniti QX80 will impress friends and strangers alike. Its sumptuous interior and extensive safety and technology features are highly desirable, as is its body-on-frame construction. If you like the thought of a big, powerful SUV like the QX80, but not the price, Nissan’s Armada is almost as plush and has the same mechanical underpinnings for about $20,000 less.
Exterior and Interior
A clean makeover last year banished the QX80’s odd nose, droopy headlights and ill-conceived fender vents. In their place is fresh sheet metal in front that not only gathers this full-size luxury SUV into the rest of the Infiniti design fold, but makes it a genuinely handsome vehicle. It doesn’t disguise the big Infiniti’s size though, and at nearly 209 inches long and nearly 80 inches tall, this is a BIG SUV.
Still, we like it. The proportions are spot-on, we like the kick-up of the rear-side windows even if it does limit rear visibility, and the new tailgate and fender vents all give the Infiniti QX80 the kind of style that stands out for all the right reasons. Infiniti says it drew inspiration for its 2020 QX80 interior from luxury jets. We’ll take their word on that, but can confirm that the new QX80 offers a comfortable interior, with expensive-looking quilting and piping. The seats are also protected from stains.
Rear-seat passengers can be entertained by an infotainment system, and there’s an updated infotainment system with a larger screen, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Additionally, despite the comfort and it is exceptionally comfortable the big Infiniti’s 2nd-row seats don’t slide forward, limiting 3rd-row legroom.
2020 Infiniti QX80 Engine
While some may take exception with the way the 2020 Infiniti QX80 looks, few will take issue with the way it drives. The big 5.6-liter V8 pumps out 400 horsepower, a feat that requires copious amounts of gas, but in return delivers strong acceleration for passing, merging or just showing off. It’s a shame the QX80’s well-insulated cabin shuts out almost all engine noise, because we know the V8 probably emits a sweet note when being pushed to its limits.
However, we’re certain luxury buyers would disagree. Once in motion, the hushed cabin shuts out wind and road noise, too, which is one of the QX80’s strongest selling points. The steering feel is heavy and the suspension soft. Thanks to Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, body roll and lean are kept to a minimum without the need for steel springs that would otherwise ruin the floating-cloud ride. As the QX80 isn’t easy to park, maneuver or navigate, the Around View 360-degree monitor would be a wise addition.
2020 Infiniti QX80 Price and Release Date
Considering its luxury credentials, the starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Infiniti QX80 isn’t too bad, at about $66,400 for a rear-wheel-drive model, or about $3,000 more if you want AWD. The Limited that includes all the QX80’s optional equipment sells for about $91,000. These prices remain competitive against Mercedes-Benz.