Infiniti QX80
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Overall: Luxury on a grand scale pretty much describes the Nissan-Armada-based utility wagon; range-topping Signature Edition is added for 2016.

Drivetrain: Standard 5.6-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower, which is needed for keeping this hefty beast, its occupants and their effects on the go; seven-speed automatic transmission.

When shopping for a Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade or Lexus LX570, you should at least keep the Infiniti QX80 in mind. The eight-passenger tall wagon is a sleek, strong and sexy all-weather luxo-wagon. The taste police have no quibbles with the QX80’s design, especially an interior that features three rows of leather-covered seats (including a pair of pillowy front buckets) along with a smidgen of wood-like trim. There’s room for up to seven souls, or eight if you delete the two second-row chairs in favor of a split-folding bench. The only engine is the 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8, which provides a level of strength that’s also useful when towing up to 8,500 pounds of Airstream trailer or Bayliner powerboat. The seven-speed automatic transmission uses a fluid warmer to help reduce fuel consumption during start-up. The optional permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system is a dual-range unit that sends up to 50 percent of the torque to the front tires when the rears start to slip. Although the QX weighs close to 6,000 pounds, those amounts include at least a preponderance of optional convenience and safety content. Suffice to say, you can choose to be fully monitored front to back and side to side with various electronics designed to protect you from a number of external threats or driver-initiated goof-ups. Adding to this impressive panoply of keep-safe items is a Blind Spot Intervention that keeps you from turning the QX into a vehicle in the adjacent lane. The new-for-2016 Signature Edition includes these items along with a more richly decorated interior plus exterior bodyside moldings.

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