Pros: This is a luxury SUV that brings a sporting heritage to the table. The list of standard equipment in the Infiniti QX80 is impressive, but there is still room to add in more thanks to the availability of trim packages.

Cons: When driving, you get the feeling that you are in a luxurious appliance, which just doesn’tlive up to that sporting image. In short, the Infiniti QX80 does everything you ask very well, but it just doesn’t feel that way.

Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined in L/100km.): 15.7/10.3/currently unlisted

Improvements and Changes: Known as the QX56 before Infiniti renamed its products, the QX80 is 35.5 mm longer, 27.9 mm wider and 96.8 mm lower than previous versions. As a luxury SUV, there are still a few items on the option list including an $8,150 Technology Package. Headlights are Bi-Xenon HID and taillights are LED.

Exterior Styling: The Infiniti QX80 — depending on the angle you choose — looks bulbous with a heavy front and, from a different view, it is well-proportioned and very large. All four side doors open wide enough for landed gentry to embark with dignity. The rear power lift gate means never getting your hands dirty.

Interior: Seats in all three rows are very comfortable. You do have to choose between a seven-passenger and an eight-passenger version at the time of order (fortunately, Infiniti priced them identically) so that you know how to get into the third row. Luxury means never having to hunt for a cup holder, and the QX80 has plenty and they seem to be exactly where needed.

Cargo/towing/payload capacity: Maximum towing capacity is set at 3,856 kg (8,500 lb). Cargo volume with the third row up is 470 litres, and with the third row folded down volume increases to 1,404 litres.

Powertrain: Infiniti’s All-Mode 4WD® is standard and operated through a 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift control and manual mode downshift with Downshift Rev Match. Making all this work is a 5.6L V8 that utilizes variable valve timing, 32 valves, direct injection, and DOHC to produce 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque from this aluminum alloy engine.

Safety: Dual front, front-seat side impact, and full-length side curtain airbags are standard. Three-point seat belts in all seating positions are standard. The LATCH system to anchor a child seat and child-proof rear door locks are standard. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Vehicle Dynamic control (VDS) which includes traction control stability control and roll mitigation is standard. Tire-pressure monitoring system with individual tire pressure display is standard. Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning are all available as options, as well.

Comparables: Cadillac Escalade, Nissan Armada, Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes Benz GL Class, Lincoln Navigator.

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