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Infiniti's flagship SUV, the 2015 QX80, is a 3-row, 7- or 8-passenger
luxury hauler that competes with the Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class,
Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Like those
rivals, the QX80 is big and brawny on the outside, plush and sophisticated
within. Its handling and capability also have a split personality. It
boasts smooth road manners given its size, while its big V8 engine enables
this high-end SUV to tow heavy loads and venture off the beaten path.
Deeper beneath its skin, this Infiniti is available with innovative safety
and technology features. The QX80's $64,000 starting price definitely puts
it in premium territory, yet it still undercuts some rivals in the
full-size luxury-SUV segment.
After a name change last year (from QX56), the QX80 luxury SUV returns for
2015 with a face-lifted exterior and interior, innovative safety features
that include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and a new top-line trim:
the QX80 Limited.
Unlike some competitors, only one engine choice is available in the QX80,
but it's a strong and capable one. Infiniti's flagship SUV employs a
5.6-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of
torque. Both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models have
Hill Start Assist and Snow Mode to help you get moving when roads are
slick. AWD models operate with a rear bias but constantly adjust power
between the front and rear wheels as necessary. All models feature a
7-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode and downshift
rev-matching. Towing capacity is a stout 8,500 pounds. One compromise to
such a big and powerful SUV is fuel efficiency, or lack thereof. The big
Infiniti's combined EPA rating is just 16 mpg.
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2015 Infiniti QX80 Start Up and Review 5.6 L V8
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Powertrain Options: 5.6 L V8 with a 7-Speed Automatic
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 5.6 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 413 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
horsepower 400 hp
@ 5800 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 41.6 ft.
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY 8500 lbs.
EPA INTERIOR VOLUME 169.1 cu.ft.
CURB WEIGHT 5878 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 16.6 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 95.1 cu.ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded (recommended)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 26.0 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 364.0/520.0 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 14/20 mpg
Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, Lexus LX