Feb 10, 2016
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $89,845: 5.6-L 400-hp V8, AWD, 7-speed automatic transmission
Likes

Space, security, opulent finishes, technology everywhere, seating for eight, AWD and 400 horsepower to bring all of it swiftly up to speed. Compromises nothing but fuel economy. Very quiet, very comfortable, very capable.

Dislikes

Overstyled front end. Twenty-two-inch rims are overkill. Cruises like a train, corners like a motorhome. The loving squeeze of the Pre-Crash seatbelt tensioners is a disconcerting reminder of encroaching technology for technology’s sake. Same goes for the slow-motion power folding third-row seat.

Verdict

An amazing luxury roadtripmobile for large drivers with large families. If you’re looking for a Japanese alternative to a Cadillac Escalade, the QX80 will not disappoint. If $90k for the Limited is too rich, check out the still-very-well-equipped base QX80 at $63k.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
1.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 400
Torque 413 ft-lbs
EPA Mileage 13/19