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Standing as an example of the "bigger is better" philosophy, the Infiniti QX is a worthy competitor in the full-size luxury SUV arena that boasts a powerful V8 engine and above-average towing capabilities. Off-road prowess, on the other hand, is not a strong point, as the QX is geared more for urban recreation or pulling a boat to the river. In those situations, the QX manages quite well, while providing its driver and passengers with a comfortable cabin and myriad high-tech features.
As the QX was designed to be more of a versatile and foul-weather-capable luxury transporter than a wilderness tamer, rugged outdoorsmen may want to look elsewhere. But those seeking a well-appointed used luxury SUV should be well served by the brawny Infiniti QX.
Shoppers should know that this large SUV has had no fewer than three monikers, with minimal differences among them. At first it was called the QX56, then QX and finally QX80. Each is covered in separate reviews.
Used Infiniti QX Models
The Infiniti QX was produced for 2012 and '13, though as noted above it is similar to the different-named versions that came before and after. This full-size luxury SUV seats seven or eight passengers depending on whether it was equipped with the standard second-row captain's chairs or the optional 60/40 split-folding bench seat.
The QX came loaded with a wealth of standard features like 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, a top-view camera system, a power-folding third-row seat and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. Optional highlights included an active suspension system, a twin-screen rear entertainment system, ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control and a host of high-tech safety features designed to either prevent a crash or protect the occupants in the event of one. Plus, despite its many infotainment features, Infiniti's excellent electronics interface makes controlling them easy.
A 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque powered the QX. A seven-speed automatic was the only transmission offered and featured manual shift control with rev-matched downshifts. Rear-wheel drive was standard, with four-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, the QX can tow an impressive 8,500 pounds and is aided by a tow/haul mode for the transmission as well as an automatic-leveling rear suspension.
In reviews, we've found this QX to be a pretty impressive luxury SUV, with the large collection of features and potent V8 being the main draws. Downsides include cramped third-row seating and a ride quality that's not as smooth as what's provided by competing models.