NEW SCREEN, EXTRA FEATURES COME
WITH INFINITI’S QX80 FLAGSHIP SUV
As the biggest vehicle in the company’s fleet, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 serves as Infiniti’s flagship SUV and has done so since debuting as the QX56 in 2004.
So, no, the QX80 does not cram an 8L V8 into its engine compartment but at 210.2 inches long and 75.8 tall, it is significantly bigger than the next 3-row SUV in Infiniti’s lineup, the QX60 at 198.2 and 69.7 inches, respectively. It’s also the most expensive of Infiniti’s products.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 gets its mojo from a 5.8L V8 that produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 85 hp and 20 lb.ft. that the V8 in the 2004 QX56 produced.
It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and provides a healthy 8,500-pound towing capacity in either 2-wheel or all-wheel drive with a 2-speed transfer case for off-road excursions.
Power is not the issue with the 2022 Infiniti QX80. AWD models zip from zero-to-60 mph in a tick under 6 seconds, according to zeroto60times.com. But fuel economy definitely is. The government reports figures of 13 miles-per-gallon city, 19 highway, and 15 combined for all-wheel drive models and 14/20/16 for those with rear-wheel drive.
And yes, that is using recommended premium fuel.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 comes in three trims starting with the base Luxe that rides on 20-inch wheels. The upgraded Premium Select and the Sensory trim that this review is based on get 22-inch dark chrome wheels as standard.
The roomy interior has not changed all that much since the redesign of the QX56 in 2011, which makes it subject to criticism of being “outdated” in some corners, but there is an air of sophistication about it. Why change just for the sake of change?
One change in the 2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory, however, is a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation that replaces the former dual-screen setup in previous models. Wireless Smart Phone charging and Apple CarPlay USB-based Android Auto also are new standard features.
Other standard items on the 2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded leather seat surfaces throughout, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row heated seats, an advanced automatic climate control system. power moonroof. and Bose premium sound system.
The second-row captain chairs do not slide forward to grant any more space but do flip forward to allow easy access to the the far back. You can get a bench seat for the second row if you prefer.
Driver assistance features for the 2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory include Driver Attention Alert, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Backup Collision Intervention.
For the exterior, LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights are standard on every 2022 Infiniti QX80 as is a power liftgate and silver painted roof rails.
Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti QX80 starts at a very competitive $71,395 for RWD Luxe trim, including $1,395 for destination and delivery. RWD Premium Select models start at $75,095, RWD Sensory trim at $83,630.
My test 2022 QX80 Sensory added a couple of options, including a rear-seat entertainment system, that ran the final bottom line to $87,985.
What I liked about the 2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory: Premium touches give the roomy interior a sophisticated look. It cruises comfortably and quietly on the highway. The V8 engine packs enough punch to move its nearly three-ton heft comfortably.
Would I buy the 2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory? As the top trim in the QX80 lineup, the Sensory comes with a significantly higher starting MSRP than base Luxe and Premium Select trims and the extra standard features in the Sensory may not be worth it. I personally have no need for a large SUV, but if that is your target vehicle, don’t skip past the QX80.