In the coming months, summer will be drawing to a close as kids go back to school, pools lock their gates, and the weather shifts to the crisp fall air that Coloradans love so much. The shift in seasons tends to force us to put away our small, sporty vehicles and prepare our SUV’s for the months ahead, where their performance is vital.
The Infiniti QX80 is certainly a vehicle fit for the months ahead, or for any month of the year. Its powerful 400-horsepower V-8 can tow up to 8,500 pounds, yet its luxurious interior provides plush seating for up to seven people. At first glance, the QX80 looks large and cumbersome, however, once you hit the road and start taking turns it is apparent this SUV is different. The QX80 handles exactly like a luxury vehicle should, cruising elegantly over potholes and speed bumps thanks to the hydraulic body motion control system that links shock absorbers from one side to the other, ultimately providing the smoothest ride, whether you’re driving down a freeway or navigating the back mountain roads.
Another impressive feature of the QX80 is the Driver’s Assistance Package, which includes blind-spot warning, backup collision, avoidance intervention, forward emergency braking and forward predictive collision warning. At first, getting used to these features was a little nerve wracking, or even creepy at times, but the forward emergency braking while having the car on cruise control is a Denver commuters dream. Even when I-25 is a parking lot, the vehicle will maintain a cruise control speed as low as 25mph and a car length of one, two or three cars, depending on the driver’s preference.
Despite the incredibly opulent driving features of the QX80, the most luxurious aspect of the vehicle is its interior. The plush leather seats were roomy and comfortable and were accented with a classy Burl wood trim. Along with a beautiful interior, you can guarantee the QX80 to come with a “souped-up” technology system. Standard equipment includes a navigation system, a Bose stereo with 13 speakers and an around view monitor that gives a birds-eye view of the vehicle. The QX80 that I had the pleasure of testing also came equipped with the theater package that had 7-inch monitors in the back of each front headrest, which were capable of playing two different videos at the same time. Talk about a family car!
So whether you’re looking for a family car to take on those fall road trips through the mountains, or for a luxury vehicle that can navigate any highway or city street, the QX80 is the car for you. This full-size SUV boasts elegance from the inside out and provides comfort fit for any driver.