Most of the changes for the 2021 Infiniti QX80 apprehend like the accepted accessory year to year evolutions that you apprehend on a agent that’s been about awhile and still sells aloof fine. The video rear-view mirror is a little bit bigger and college resolution. There are two new autogenous colors, Sahara Stone and Truffle Brown. They renamed the trim levels, and some of the cyberbanking disciplinarian aids such as blind-spot action and adaptive cruise control, are now standard. Oh, and they alone the amount by $6,970. That aftermost bit seems important.
That’s for a maxed-out QX80, which in 2020 amount $92,845 for a Limited 4WD. The 2021 acme out at $85,875. And while Infiniti credibility out that it’s not absolutely apples to apples—the 2020 had some altered corrective embellishments—that’s still a above discount. Aback we aftermost activated a QX80, in 2018, we alleged it “simultaneously a acceptable accord and overpriced” because it amount so abundant added than the fundamentally agnate Nissan Armada. Now that amount gap is narrower. We’re so affecting it’s scary.
HIGHS: Powerful and bland powertrain, adequate ride, nice amount cut.
The revised appraisement is accompanied by a new trim hierarchy: Luxe, Exceptional Select, and Sensory, anniversary of which is accessible in either rear-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive (with a low-range alteration case). There are basically no options—each trim is congenital to a distinct blueprint with the barring of exceptional acrylic ($695) and aflame bang plates ($485). The breach bank second-row seat, which increases commuter accommodation from seven to eight and was a $250 advantage aftermost year, is now a zero-cost advantage beyond the range. And big-ticket add-ons such as rear-seat ball ($2,000) and the ProActive driver-assist amalgamation ($3,300) are standard, provided you footfall to the top-of-the band Sensory trim. The entry-level model, Luxe, costs a little added than it did aftermost year, but now includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure prevention, and blind-spot action as able-bodied as distance-control assist, which will advance a set ambit from the car advanced of you alike aback you’re not application cruise control. That ambush 9.6-inch rearview mirror, which can about-face to a video feed—handy if the central of the car is arranged to the gunwales with stuff—is now standard, too.
The QX80 shares its 5.6-liter V-8 and seven-speed automated manual with the Nissan Armada, but it gets an added 10 application (for a absolute of 400) to accord it a appearance of supremacy. You won’t be able to acquaint the aberration amid a QX80 and an Armada aback it comes to acceleration, but you absolutely can in agreement of the ride, provided you’re active a Sensory model. That one brings a cross-linked hydraulic anti-roll arrangement that’s conceptually agnate to the one acclimated by McLaren and maybe alike added effective, accustomed that it’s activated to an SUV with a aerial centermost of gravity. Best high-riding trucks tend to bung your arch from ancillary to ancillary aback the anti-roll confined amount up and absolution on rough- or off-road driving. This hydraulic arrangement eliminates accepted bars. Only aback both alfresco auto acceleration together—as they do aback you access a corner—does the anti-roll action work. This allows the control-arm suspensions to asphyxiate potholes, abrogation the ride uncannily smooth. The accepted abeyance isn’t rough, but the hydraulic arrangement serves up a serene glide. The Sensory’s ambush abeyance additionally allowances the steering, in that the addition (hydraulic as well, with a ample feel) is bent by agent acceleration rather than agent speed. Lesser trims use a added accepted engine-speed-based setup.
LOWS: Dreadful ammunition economy, crumbling design, about identical Nissan Armada is beneath expensive.
The QX80’s autogenous got an amend for 2020, best acutely in the infotainment systems. The centermost assemblage now houses bifold high-definition flush-mounted touchscreens (8.0-inch high and 7.0-inch lower), which replaced the absolutely low-def awning that had been about aback Carlos Ghosn was a chargeless man. It additionally acquired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as able-bodied as an alternative 17-speaker Bose Performance Series audio arrangement (now accepted on the Sensory, forth with aggregate else). That’s a candied complete system, but alike the accepted Bose bureaucracy appearance 13 speakers, including two subwoofers. Unfortunately—and this ability appear beyond as the beefing grunts of balked troglodytes—the birr redesign dead the DVD player. There’s still a CD player, but no best can you cue up your accurate DVD of Garfield Gets Real to balm the kids for 74 minutes. There are HDMI inputs and an AC ability aperture for the additional row, though, so not all achievement is lost. You could apparently bung in your own DVD amateur aback there, if you’re committed to concrete media. But we approved an Xbox, and it kept benumbed the ambit breaker for the ability supply.
Last year, Infiniti awash 20,260 QX80s in North America. That’s a advantageous cardinal for a big, big-ticket SUV, decidedly one that debuted a decade ago (under Infiniti’s old displacement-based allotment conventions, aback it was alleged the QX56). In the United States, December 2019 was the QX80’s best ages ever, and aftermost April’s 1339 deliveries was its best April so far, in animosity of the pandemic. SUV buyers like this big galoot, and Infiniti fabricated it easier to like aback they restyled the ichthyic advanced end in 2018. Perhaps the QX80 isn’t as beginning as a Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, or Mercedes-Benz GLS, but it’s not about as expensive, either. Actually, balloon the Escalade. At $70,445, the QX80’s abject amount is added like a accurately optioned Chevrolet Tahoe. We booty it for accepted that prices move anytime advancement as animal comforts and abstruse innovations proliferate, but the QX80 proves that there’s an admirers for complete affluence SUV fundamentals—big power, bland ride, body-on-frame construction, nice interior, acceptable towing ability—wrapped in a amalgamation that, yeah, is attractive clumsily familiar. But $6,970 says we could apparently get over it.
2021 Infiniti QX80 AWD
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED $79,490 (base price: $73,545)
ENGINE TYPE DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 339 in3, 5552 cm3Power 400 hp @ 5800 rpmTorque 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic
CHASSIS Abeyance (F/R): ascendancy arms/control armsBrakes (F/R): 13.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented discTires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II, P275/50R-22 111H M S
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