Another informative car review – this time it's the (drum roll please)……….
2018 Infiniti QX80 4WD
But first, my #ForConsideration Disclaimer – All info provided in the review is based on a one-week test drive.
The vehicle was provided in consideration for my overly-opinionated opinion.
The Infiniti QX80 is a full-size luxury SUV built by Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti division. I drove this upgrade packed SUV in April which mean I was able to test drive the car in every type of weather possible & also take it out for a forest drive with a fun mini retreat trip down to the Black Forest in Colorado.
The Infiniti QX80 is a full-size luxury SUV built by Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti division. I drove this upgrade packed SUV in April which means I was able to test drive the car in every type of weather possible & also take it out for a forest drive with a fun mini retreat trip down to the Black Forest in Colorado. Combine the sleek exterior look with the Saddle Brown upholstery and roomy interior and it made for a great ride. The gas mileage, however, could be cost-prohibitive.
Cost Comparison: – Even a fully loaded QX80 costs less than many of its competitors.
Interior: The center console has been updated to better accommodate mugs with handles. It also adds USB ports and makes room for your phone. There is Wi-Fi, and the rear entertainment system has 8.0-inch screens. A Bose sound system with 15 speakers is optional. The 2nd & third Row were really comfortable and roomy. Also, the remote tip up function in the Theater Package is really great
Space: With all seats in use, you get more than 16 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for nearly a dozen pieces of carry-on luggage. Fold down the second and third rows, and you have more than 95 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for just about anything you can fit through the doors.
Standard features in the QX80 include navigation, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, and a USB port. Available features include a 15-speaker Bose audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 8-inch monitors. (see upgrade list)
Technology: The overall opinion from multiple car reviews is that the infotainment system in the QX80 isn't as updated as it could be. Mainly because there is no connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Handling: I didn't feel like I was driving a ginormous SUV, even in the city (which, in some of Denver's smaller side streets are narrow AF). It definitely felt good & solid on the remote forest roads & highways.
Upgrades:$5,700 – Deluxe Technology PackageIncludes Bose Surround System, Climate controlled front seats, Hydraulic Body Motional Control, Adapative Front Light System, Chrome Mirror Caps, Smart Rear View Mirror – smart rearview mirror that uses a camera for a digital view if the window is blocked by people, gear, fog, or snow. It is also easier to see at night.
$2,800 – 22 Inch tire & wheel package
$2,450 – Theater PackageThe dual monitors, headphones, wireless remote, etc are nice but could easily be replaced with ipads. Plus, if you someone can't find the remote, that means they are poking at the back of your headrest as they navigate the screen. 🙂 (have you ever had someone do that while you're on a plane? The WORST) However, the heated seats, additional outlets and remote tip up functions for the back seat are great so it might be worth it to upgrade if you have a family of more than 2.$2900 – Driver Assistance PackageQuite a bit of upgraded functions & useful safety tech including predictive forward collision warning that uses radar to see two cars ahead, lane departure warning and prevention, adaptive cruise control, distance control assist that maintains the same distance from the car in front even if adaptive cruise control is not on, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning that pulls the vehicle back if the lane is not clear, and backup collision intervention.
Other Upgrades: $225 Cargo Package, $400 Roof Rail Cros Bars, $465 Radiant Kickplates, $450 Wifi, $425 Welcome Lighting