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2015 Infiniti QX80 Review: House of Luxe

2015 Infiniti QX80

We have entered the era of 1990s nostalgia—Kurt Cobain documentaries, the return of Jerry Seinfeld (in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee), and the reemergence of opulent, gas-guzzling, full-size SUVs. It’s true that sales of compact crossovers—and even subcompact crossovers—are booming, but the big-SUV market is still rich. When the Infiniti QX56 debuted in 2004, it found its place (albeit a small one) among the American entries in the segment. Redesigned for 2011, and now badged the Infiniti QX80, it’s the full-size mother of SUVs at the top of the Infiniti product line. There’s a reason the QX80 feels like a heavyweight: It uses a body-on-frame chassis and weighs roughly three tons. The sheer size and mass of this eight-passenger vehicle requires some muscle to move around, and that comes in the form of a 400-hp 5.6-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The QX80 is offered in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. In this segment, customers clamor for features, and Infiniti delivers a long list of standard technologies to compete with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade but at a lower starting price. READ MORE ››

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