Redesigned for ‘18, which really is more like a heavy refresh, the QX80 soldiers on into 2018 with a new design to go head to head with other luxury full size suv’s. There are only 2 trim levels for the QX80, and they aren’t really even trims. Ones is base, the other is AWD. Both come powered with Nissan’s tried and true 5.6 V8, this time around bumped up to 400 horses. The base QX80 starts at $64,750 and comes pretty loaded with standard features:
- 7-speed automatic transmission
- Leather-appointed seating
- INFINITI Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
- Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio
- Streaming Audio via Bluetooth
- USB port for iPod® and compatible devices
- Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System
In typical luxury marque tradition, there are quite a few exterior and interior color options. There are 9 exterior color options:
- Moonstone White
- Mineral Black ($500 option)
- Hermosa Blue
- Champagne Quartz ($500 option)
- Graphite Shadow
- Black Obsidian
- Smokey Quartz
- Mocha Almond ($500 option)
- Liquid Platinum
and 5 different interior leather and wood choice combinations:
- Wheat Leather / Stratford Burl Trim
- Graphite Leather / Stratford Burl Trim
- Wheat Semi-Aniline Leather / Charcoal Burl Trim
- Graphite Semi-Aniline Leather / Espresso Burl Trim
- Saddle Brown Semi-Aniline Leather / Charcoal Burl Trim
And of course not all of these color combinations are able to be together or some interior leathers require option packages. For instance, you cant get Saddle Brown leather with Black Obsidian, but you can get it with Moonstone White, but that requires adding $13,850 in option packages.I choose Black Obsidian, with Graphite Leather.
Option package wise there are 6:
- Drivers Assistance Package $2900: Pretty much the same BLIS,Intelligent Cruise Control etc that most cars come with now.
- Theater Package $2450: A rear seat entertainment package that comes with dual 8 in monitors for the back seats, heated rear seats, remote, wireless headphones and jacks and aux ports.
- 22’ Wheel and Tire Package: 22’ wheels with All season tires. Steeply priced for $2800.
- Splint Bench Package $250: Changes the second row seating to a splint 60/40 folding bench.
- Deluxe Technology Package $5700: a comprehensive package that comes with a 15 speaker Bose surround sound system, climate controlled front seats, adaptive front lighting etc. Can only get this with charcoal or espresso trim.
- Infiniti Wifi $450: Enables the QX to have a 4G LTE hotspot. Requires that you sign up for a monthly subscription where you choose between 1GB and 5GB monthly plans.
By default with the color options I have, the Drive Assistance Package was required. I added the Theater Package. I would have liked to add the Deluxe Tech Pack, but doing so would have required that I change the exterior color so I can change the interior color, because for whatever reason the package isn’t available with the graphite leather. And if I had done that, adding the Deluxe Tech Pack requires the 22’ wheel pack...Infiniti options are stupid ass hell.
There are 9 accessories that I didn’t add. Things like wind deflectors, running boards etc. All in, the base QX80 with the Driver Assistance pack and Theater Pack is $71,095.
The other “trim” of the QX80 is the awd, which isn’t an option on the base model. Its $67,850. On this model, I choose Moonstone White Exterior, with Saddle Brown interior. Choosing Saddle Brown automatically added the Driver pack, Theater pack, 22’ wheel Pack, and Deluxe Tech pack. With all these and not other options the awd QX is $83.195.
The QX80 should be a solid entry if you don’t want a Range Rover, Escalade or Navigator. But with the how the options are set up, I would skip it. For the price, they limit you too much with what you can and cant choose.