2021 Infiniti QX80

MSRP $66,750

Ranked #9 in Fullsize Suv

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2021 Infiniti QX80 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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 The 2021 Infiniti QX80 is a full-size SUV that has done a lot to build a good reputation for the brand. Although it has been around for a good part of a decade right now, it is still one of the best SUVs from the brand. The Infiniti QX80 interior promises the plushest features alongside a rugged construction, a powerful engine as well as all the luxury appointments that make it the brand’s biggest SUV.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Good reliability

Lots of passenger and cargo space

Cons

Interiors are getting dated

Outward visibility is limited

Fuel efficiency is poor

What's New?

New mid-range Premium Select trim and a high-end Sensory model

Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist now standard

Unique styling elements for QX80 Premium Select and Sensory trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$66750

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

133 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

339 cu.in.

horsepower

400 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

413 lb.-ft.. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

121.1 in.

length

210.2 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

75.8 in.

curb weight

5679 lbs.

ground clearance

9.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

152.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

95.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

8500 lbs.

payload capacity

1621 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

175 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LUXE$66,750 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Infiniti QX80 in Liquid Platinum color
Liquid Platinum

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.9

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Carrying over with not a lot of changes for the 2021 model year, the Infiniti QX80 has a 5.6 L naturally aspirated V-8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. For this year, Infiniti QX80 prices start at MSRP $69,150 and it competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, BMW X7, and Cadillac Escalade.

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV front view
2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV rear view

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.9/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

7.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Infiniti QX80 Features

The Infiniti QX80 is offered in three trims with the QX80 Premium Select and Sensory trim levels being added to the list only last year with major revisions. Right from the base trim level, the car is very well equipped with self-leveling rear suspension, three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, powered liftgate, dual touchscreen infotainment system and so on that make it hardly seem like the base trim.

Model

Luxe

Premium Select

Sensory

MSRP (RWD)

$69,150

$73,450

$80,300

MSRP (4WD)

$72,250

$76,550

$83,400

Key Features

20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels 

In addition to or in replacement to sensory trim 

In addition to or in replacement to premium select trim

 

Leather upholstery

22-inch dark finish forged aluminum-alloy wheels

Hydraulic Body Motion Control with Vehicle Speed-Sensitive Power Steering

 

10-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support

Dark chrome exterior accents grille, grille surround, front fender, and side accent

Climate-controlled front seats and Heated second-row seats 

 

Second-row captain’s chairs with tip-up easy entry

Black grille mesh And Black mirror caps

Quilted, semi-aniline leather-appointed seating

 

Infiniti InTouch dual display system, with upper 8-inch and lower 7-inch WXGA LCD touch-screen display

Matte Mocha Burl interior trim accents

Bose Performance Series 17-speaker audio system

 

Bose 13-speaker Premium Sound system

Additional unique leather-appointed seating colors Sahara Stone and Truffle Brown

Rear Seat Entertainment System with dual 8-inch color monitors for multimedia video playback

 

Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection

Panoramic sunroof

Rear headphone jack with volume control

 

SiriusXM radio support

4-zone automatic climate control system

Air filtration system

Which trim should you buy?

Since the base trim level is itself very well equipped and since the SUV is aging a bit, we would not advise you to spend on the higher trim levels since they cost more than the competitors do. However, like we mentioned the base trim is far from being bare-bones as has second-row captain’s chairs, a 13 speaker Bose stereo system, in-dash navigation, adaptive cruise control, and so on.

2021 Infiniti QX80 Engine and Performance

8.3/10

Under the hood of the Infiniti QX80 is a 5.6L naturally aspirated V-8 engine that generates an excellent 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. This engine itself is pretty athletic and capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds which makes it very fast for an SUV. Especially when driving something this big, the acceleration feels very much adequate.

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV engine bay

When it comes to quarter-mile acceleration figures the Infiniti QX80 performs very well again with a 14.9 second time which is definitely quick. The power delivery is also extremely smooth and the throttle response is excellent. The transmission shows some signs of age with its reluctance to be quick in terms of shifting speeds.

Model

2021 Infiniti QX80

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP

$69,150

$76,200

$74,900

$77,490

Engine 

5.6L naturally aspirated V8

3.0L turbocharged inline-6

3.0L turbocharged inline 6

6.2L naturally aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Power

400 hp @ 5,800 RPM

362 hp @ 5,500 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

330 lb-ft @1,500 RPM

460 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

0-60 mph

5.9 secs 

5.8 secs

5.8 secs

5.9 secs

Quarter mile

14.9 secs

14.3 secs 

N/A

14.3 secs

Top speed 

133 MPH

NA 

155 MPH 

130 MPH

Towing Capacity

8,500 lbs

N/A

5,400 lbs

7,700 lbs

The Infiniti is one of the least expensive cars in this category when equipped with the base trim. However, it is the second most powerful car in its segment when you look at the figures on paper. The Cadillac Escalade has the most powerful engine but the Mercedes and the BMW are a bit faster in terms of real-life acceleration. However, the difference is only marginal and wouldn’t matter in the real world. However, one thing to note is that Infiniti has the best towing capacity of its category and by a good margin.

How well does the 2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV handle? 

The Infiniti QX80 does not appreciate being thrown around corners and feels a bit lethargic when doing so. However, when you factor in the fact that it is a 3 ton SUV it starts to make sense why the car is not very good to go around corners. There are much better handling cars in the segment which have set the benchmark for full-size SUVs and the. Germans especially seem to be good at hiding their weight.

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV ride and handling

When it comes to riding quality, however, Infiniti makes up for this. With its adaptive suspension which gives an excellent ride, one would certainly appreciate the Syrian. Steering feedback also feels nice and weighs rather nicely. When it comes to riding quality, Infiniti has done an excellent job because the SUV feels like it glides over imperfections on the road. 

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV Braking Performance 

One of the biggest drawbacks of building cars that are this large and burly is that they tend to weigh a lot. At 5678 lbs, the weight does not do any favors in the braking department. The car is fitted with 13.8 inch rotors both front and back which are quite large but not in this category. These rotors are enough to bring the car to a halt from 60 mph in 137 feet.

Model 

2021 Infiniti QX80

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Front Brake Rotor (in)

13.8

13.8

15.5

13.0

Rear Brake Rotor (in)

13.8

13.6

15.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,678

5,701

5,370

5,635

60-0 MPH (ft.)

137

122

105

133

The BMW is fitted with much larger rotors than the ones you can find in the Infiniti or just about any other car in its category and this difference certainly shows in the way it brakes. The BMW X7 is also the lightest vehicle in this category and the brakes bring it to a stop in just 105 feet which is very much impressive. The braking performance of the Infiniti is the worst in the segment with the stopping distance from 60 mph to 137 feet. The Mercedes is slightly better with the Cadillac gives it company with equally worse performance.

2021 Infiniti QX80 Fuel Economy

6.7/10

We can feel that the Infiniti is definitely dated when you look at its fuel efficiency figures despite having good performance. Engine technologies have come a long way from the time this car was released and one can see that from the EPA-rated fuel efficiency ratings of 14 MPG in the city, 20 MPG on the highway, and 16 MPG combined. This is not a very impressive figure and even with the fuel tank capacity being 26 gallons which are the largest in its class, this SUV is only able to return a range of 364 miles in the city and 520 miles on the highway.

Model 

2021 Infiniti QX80

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

MPG (city)

14

19

19

15

MPG (highway)

20

23

24

20

MPG (combined)

16

21

21

17

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

26

23.8

21.9

24

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles) 

364.0/520.0/416.0

452.2/547.4/499.8

416.1/525.6/459.9

360.0/480.0/406

Infiniti loses out to all its rivals again in terms of fuel efficiency figures. The BMW X7 and the Mercedes GLS are the most impressive because they deliver nearly 19 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. The Cadillac Escalade, just like the Infiniti is an old-school SUV and returns dismal fuel economy figures. So even with a much smaller fuel tank of just 23.8 gallons, the Mercedes-Benz has a much better range. 

2021 Infiniti QX80 Interior

7.5/10

The interiors of the Infiniti are a bit dated but one can never say that it is not comfortable. Other than being quiet and packed with features, the material quality is also definitely nice. The interior design is also nice to look at and offers a lot of functional storage spaces. Overall it is a very practical cabin and can definitely impress buyers.

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV front seats

The seats are also sufficient for seating for up to eight people. The seats are built very well and are supportive for passengers of all sizes as well. The controls are also very easy to use and the switchgear is placed very well so one can say that it is an ergonomic cabin. It is also easy for ingress and egress and remains a very likable cabin.

Model 

2021 Infiniti QX80

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Seating capacity 

7/8

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/63.8/39.6

39.4/59.3/40.3

41.9/60.0/39.8

42.8/ 64.9/ 45.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/63.5/41.0

40.2/58.5/41.9

39.9/58.1/37.6

38.7/ 64.4/ 39.0

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.8/60.5/28.8

38.9/50.3/34.6

36.6/47.9/33.3

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

Cargo Capacity (Cu Ft)

16.6

17.4

12.8

25.5

Despite how roomy the Infiniti has been, the competitors have become better at packaging and promises more space, especially in the third row. All cars offer seating for seven people and are all very roomy, to begin with. Cadillac has definitely given its interior space the longest thought because it provides both excellent passenger and cargo space. The BMW X7 has the lowest space in this category with just 12.8 ft.³. However, fold the rear seats and the cargo space can swallow up luggage like it’s nothing. Some standard features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Leather upholstery
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated and powered seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Air filtration system
  • Power adjustable steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained? 

The touchscreen system known as InTouch features and Infiniti models is very easy to use but the features provided are not very remarkable. There is enough responsiveness and so on but it does not become a good competitor to the very capable systems that are being offered in the market currently. 

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV infotainment screen

The sound system, however, is very much excellent as it comes with a 17 speaker Bose premium sound system that delivers output much better than the competitors. A pair of 8-inch touch screens that we have seen in the rear seats is also a very welcome addition. Other features include satellite radio, a voice-activated navigation system, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and so on. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 8" InTouch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Wireless charging
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rear seat entertainment with two 8" displays (optional)
  • 17-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Navigation

2021 Infiniti QX80 Exterior

8.9/10

The Infiniti QX80 definitely does decent but is not remarkable in any way especially in the modern age. Since it has been around for a while, the SUV no longer looks as luxurious as the ones used to. It does not look as modern or sharp as its competition, with cars like the new Escalade and GLS looking much more modern and fresh. A refresh is definitely expected and very much necessary to keep the car relevant in the market.

2021 Infiniti QX80 SUV 

Model 

2021 Infiniti QX80

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 BMW X7

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,678

5,701

5,370

5,635

Length (in)

210.2

205.0

203.3

211.9

Width (in)

79.9

77.0

78.7

81.1

Height (in)

75.8

71.8

71.1

76.7

Ground Clearance (in)

NA

7.9

8.7

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

121.1

123.4

122.2

120.9

Everything looks small next to the Cadillac Escalade and that is a fact. Even though all the cars in this category are as large as they come, the Escalade still manages to dwarf all of them. When it comes to Weight, the Mercedes-Benz is the heaviest and is followed by the Infiniti. Despite the heavyweight, luckily the Mercedes is not anything close to having the same dimensions as the larger cars in this class. The BMW excellent is much smaller and hence is lighter. Some standout features include:

  • 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Chrome Window Trim
  • Powered Lift-gate
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam LED headlights
  • LED taillights 
  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • 8 exterior colors
  • LED taillights
  • Running board

2021 Infiniti QX80 Safety

8.0/10

Although it is pretty much a given in this category that the car has to be safe, we’re glad that Infiniti has given a good amount of thought. The QX80 has a four-star crash test rating from NHTSA. However, it has not been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS. We can however assume that it is still a very safe car. This is due to having features like automated emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring not as options, but as standard features. Some of the standout safety features include:

  • ABS with EBD
  • Driveline traction control
  • INFINITI Connection Emergency SOS
  • Airbags
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Around view camera
  • TPMS

2021 Infiniti QX80 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Infiniti QX80 Vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

The Infiniti has a more powerful engine on paper but in terms of rear left performance, the Mercedes-Benz beats it fair and square. The Mercedes is slightly heavier while also being smaller but is absolutely packed to the brim with luxury features. In all aspects, the QX80 is not a car that is competitive against the Mercedes.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2021 Infiniti QX80 Vs. 2021 BMW X7

 The BMW X7 is another car that beats the Infiniti fair and square in almost every category. While the Infiniti is not exactly a blast to drive, the BMW is, despite being heavy and large. The car also offers a lot of space in the interiors and a much better fit and finish overall than the Infiniti. In terms of fuel efficiency as well, the Germans have it much better.

2021 BMW X7

2021 Infiniti QX80 vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade

 The Cadillac Escalade is a car that remains comparable in terms of performance and driving dynamics to the Infiniti. However, the Escalade is much more modern in terms of its design and features and also offers some of the best infotainment systems in the business. Despite costing a bit extra, this car is a better pick.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

 

2021 Infiniti QX80 Final Verdict

7.0/10

 The Infiniti QX80 has been a platform that the brand has milked for a while now. And at this point in time, it does not have the flair it once had. It provides a good powertrain option that also has excellent towing capacity and so on but is not very exciting to drive. It can definitely be improved in terms of its fit and finish as well as the fuel efficiency but the company has not done so. Overall, it is not a car we would still buy in 2021.

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