Mercifully redesigned from its maladroit predecessor the newly released 2018 Infiniti QX80 has swapped the gaudy McMansion-on-wheels style for a more elegant and classy interior and exterior design philosophy, although it’s still a bit odd overall. Under the hood you’ll find a powerful 400-hp V-8. The cabin is lined in premium materials and the overall driving experience is relaxed. With a starting MSRP of $64,750, the 2018 Infiniti QX60 offers a unique alternative to the popular Cadillac Escalade and higher-end trims of the GMC Yukon. More value-minded shoppers still looking for a big traditional SUV experience can check out the QX60’s platform mate, the Nissan Armada.
Pros: Smooth Ride, Roomy Interior, Big V-8, Cabin Space, Towing Capacity, Rugged
Cons: Lacks Cache of Escalade, Design Still Not Fully Cohesive, Expectedly Inefficient
Looks Best In: Champagne Quartz exterior/Saddle Brown interior
Competition: Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, Lexus LX
Coolest Feature: Dust off your CD collection! The QX80 is one of few new cars equipped with a CD player as part of the 15 speaker Bose surround sound system. On behalf of all people born prior to the year 2000- thank you, Infiniti!
Who wins battle of the grilles, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 or the 2018 Cadillac Escalade? You decide!
Summary: Big, brash and over the top, think of the QX80 as an Escalade that went to finishing school in Japan. It has unusual details inside and out that may be appealing to some and off-putting to others. Overall, it does its job well as an extravagant, flashy and comfortable hauler, and costs thousands less than an Escalade to boot. However, if you don’t plan on towing much and don’t need the off-roading hardware, check out Infiniti’s smaller three-row rig, the 2018 QX60.
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[Images: Infiniti, GM]