Infiniti QX80
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Plenty of excellent changes for a mid-cycle refresh, but the QX80 remains Infiniti’s most audacious machine ever, especially if it hopes to humble the new Escalade.

Drivetrain
No hybrids here, just a standard 5.6-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower, which is necessary for hauling around three tons of luxury, aided by a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Why Infiniti couldn’t time this luxurious beast’s upgrades with the name change to the QX80, we’ll never know. Now that the QX80 gets things like a revised front fascia and grille with Infiniti’s signature design, new LED headlights and fog lights, you’ll be even less likely than ever to lose it in a parking lot. The eight-passenger tall wagon is a sleek, strong and sexy all-weather three-ton tourer. 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 one and only engine is the 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8, a level of strength that’s useful when towing up to 8,500 pounds of Airstream trailer or Bayliner powerboat. The seven-speed automatic transmission comes with a fluid warmer that helps reduce fuel consumption during start-up. The optional all-wheel-drive system is a dual-range unit that can direct up to 50 percent of the torque to the front tires when the rears start to slip. Although the QX tips the scales at more than 5,500 pounds, that amount includes at least a ton — literally — of convenience and safety content. Suffice to say, you can opt 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. Entering the QX’s inner sanctum with pink slip in hand will require a bit more than $62,000, or more if you attack the option sheet a bit too enthusiastically. And perhaps the new Limited with literally every feature you could want on a luxury SUV will be nigh-on $80,000 when it arrives.