2019 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 expands on full-size SUV comfort with incredible luxury. This eight-passenger wonder with plenty of cargo capacity features the latest advances from the manufacturer and a comfortable interior wrapped up in a bold design.

Standard features include leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver seat and eight-way power front-passenger seat, front-row two-way lumbar support, and heated front seats and steering wheel. The standard Bose® Premium Sound System comes with 13 speakers that include two subwoofers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Updates

Updated last year, the QX80 only gets a new Limited trim level for 2019. This top-of-the-line option, which starts at $90,100, includes the ProAssist, ProActive, Theater, and Sensory packages, a unique design with 22-inch aluminum wheels, and a satin chrome exterior. It joins the entry-level Luxe that starts at $65,400 and the Luxe 4WD, which starts at $68,500 and adds four-wheel drive to the base level.

Performance

Driving the QX80 forward is its 5.6-liter V8, which produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. By depending on various factors (like the direct injection, double overhead camshafts, variable valve event and lift, and continuously variable valve timing control system), this powerplant tows up to 8,500 lbs. To assist with starting on inclines, the vehicle’s hill start assist momentarily holds the brakes, so drivers have enough time to move their feet from brakes to accelerators without their SUVs rolling down slopes.

The electronically-controlled seven-speed automatic features an adaptive shift control that learns driving preferences and adjusts accordingly. Drivers can switch to manual shift mode for more control and downshift rev matching. Drivers can choose tow and snow modes to modify shift points and throttle response.

With the available hydraulic body motion control system, everyone can experience a smoother ride that minimizes body lean. This happens as variable pressure is automatically distributed to either inner or outer suspension, based on how the vehicle moves. This feature also isolates the cabin from uncertain terrain to reduce jarring from potholes and other obstacles.

Technology

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 impresses with its high-tech delights, starting with the trademarked Infiniti InTouch services. It maximizes security with an alarm, the ability to call for roadside assistance or emergency help, alerts for vehicle health and maintenance, automatic collision notification, and a stolen vehicle locator. Owners can control many tasks through a remote app on their smartphones or smartwatches: starting or stopping the engine, locking or unlocking doors, activating the lights and horn, and receiving alerts for excess speed or leaving a specific boundary. Finally, individuals can plan journeys and get help for their destinations. People can locate a point of interest on the app and send the location to their vehicles, where they’ll receive turn-by-turn directions.

Owners can flip a switch, and the smart rearview mirror of the ProActive package turns the mirror into an LCD screen that shows a wide-angle high-resolution view of the vehicle’s rear. With the navigation system, drivers can speak their commands through voice recognition and depend on real-time information from SiriusXM’s traffic info system. Passengers will enjoy long drives with the tri-zone entertainment system, which provides dual 8-inch screens that second-row passengers can use to watch movies or play games.

Drivers can activate intelligent cruise control to ease highway trips. It maintains a safe distance with the vehicle in front by slowing down or speeding up based on changing traffic speeds. For tighter maneuvers on city streets, there is a monitor that delivers a virtual 360-degree top-down view of the surroundings. Moving object detection alerts drivers to items moving on the displayed image.

Safety

To create safer journeys, the 2019 Infinity QX80 continuously monitors surroundings and alerts drivers to potential problems.

On the highway, forward emergency braking can anticipate potential collisions with vehicles and, through pedestrian detection, people. The vehicle warns drivers of these dangers audio-visually. If drivers do not respond, brakes can automatically engage to prevent an accident. predictive forward collision warning can tell drivers about risks that are hidden from their forward view by monitoring the distance to and relative velocity of the vehicle ahead, and the one beyond that.

Blind spot warning informs drivers if a vehicle has entered just beyond their peripheral vision. Then, blind spot intervention steps in to bring drivers back into the middle of their lane if they start to drift over. If someone unintentionally wanders across lanes, available lane departure prevention creates an audible alert, and then applies brakes selectively to gently bring the SUV back in line.

If an accident does occur, zone body construction shields occupants with front and rear crumple zones, designed to divert crash forces away from the passenger cabin. The Infiniti advanced air bag system engages while adjusting inflation, depending on the use of seat belt and the severity of the impact.

Final Thoughts

Infiniti offers premium coverage and services as part of its four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. All in all, this SUV is designed to stun with its sleek design while also providing a smooth, safe driving experience.

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