Pros: Brisk acceleration for the size; composed, absorbent ride; classy interior materials and fine assembly quality
Cons: Fuel economy; some desirable features are restricted to expensive option packages; mediocre visibility; maneuverability
2014 Infiniti QX80
CG Says: Nissan’s luxury division has revamped its model names for 2014; all Infiniti cars now carry a “Q” prefix and all SUVs begin with “QX.” The 2014 Infiniti QX80 was formerly known as the QX56. Outside of the new name, the only change of note for 2014 is the addition of Backup Collision Intervention to the optional Technology Package. This high-content heavyweight impresses for its surprisingly brisk acceleration, high mechanical refinement, adept ride, and spacious, tasteful, high-quality interior. The main downsides are the trade-offs in fuel economy and maneuverability that go with big SUVs, plus blatant Ponzi-scheme options-package availability that undercuts attractive starting prices (though rival premium brands are guilty of this too). Still, the QX80 is a very likable and capable premium-large SUV that deserves consideration, especially by those who might occasionally dare venture off-road. Just think twice about the overpriced Technology Package with its overabundance of wearisome warning noises and winking lights.