2022 Infiniti QX80 Review: Charming Dinosaur

2022 Infiniti QX80 Review: Charming Dinosaur



In the USA, the Cadillac Escalade is the ubiquitous full-size SUV. Now in its fifth generation, the thoroughly modern QX80 competitor makes its antiquated rival look its age. The entry-level Luxury trim may be over $5,000 dearer than the QX80 Luxe, but there’s a choice of two engines. The 6.2-liter V8 is more powerful than the Infiniti’s 5.6-liter mill yet returns similar gas mileage.Importantly, it offers the choice of a 3.0-liter turbodiesel, with even better fuel consumption, at no extra cost. The Escalade boasts a far more modern-looking cabin, with a gorgeous curved OLED display. It’s more luxurious too, with plenty of soft leather and wood trim to caress. The ride is also more supple and the Escalade feels quieter and more refined on the move. Super Cruise is now also standard on all models with the exception of the base Luxury, making the Escalade the more advanced car, too.In terms of passenger space, the American is ahead of the Infiniti, with occupants enjoying more head- and legroom. If it’s still not enough, an ESV long-wheelbase model is also available. Where the QX80 pips the Escalade is on towing capacity: 8,500 lbs compared to the Cadillac’s maximum rating of 8,200 lbs. Overall, we’d recommend the Escalade over the Infiniti. Not only is it more contemporary, but the available diesel powertrain and more modern luxury/safety features make it a no-brainer.