The 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited fullsize SUV is available in a Limited-exclusive Anthracite Gray exterior color, shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

The 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited fullsize SUV is available in a Limited-exclusive Anthracite Gray exterior color, shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

Infiniti QX80 premium SUV adds new Limited model for 2019

Exclusive appearance features, safety and technology create a new flagship for the luxury brand.

After a significant makeover for model year 2018, the big Infiniti QX80 premium sport utility vehicle isn’t completely resting on its laurels for 2019.

Important safety features such as a forward collision warning system and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection have been added to the QX80 Luxe model as standard equipment, and the fancy Luxe model is out-fancied by a new trim level called the QX80 Limited.

Following is an itemized list with all the embellishments on the 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited. Keep in mind that the list shows only those features on the QX80 Limited that are over and above what’s already on the QX80 Luxe, and the Luxe is heavily embellished in its own right. There is no such thing as a modestly equipped Infiniti QX80.

  • All QX80 4WD standard equipment, and features from the ProAssist, 22-inch Wheel and Tire, Theater, Sensory and ProActive packages
  • Unique dark machine finished 22-inch forged aluminum wheels
  • Stainless steel running board cap with rubber grips
  • Infiniti logo under running board welcome lighting
  • Satin chrome exterior trim
  • Satin chrome roof rails and crossbars
  • Unique front and rear bumper lower finish
  • Unique design two-tone semi-aniline leather/Alcantara seats with quilting, contrast piping and stitching
  • Front and second row seatback with Limited name embossed
  • Smooth leather steering wheel and shift knob
  • Matte silver, open pore Ash Wood trim
  • Limited lettering wood inlay in center console shifter finisher
  • Black Ultrasuede headliner and A/B/C pillars
  • Leather covered and stitched A/B pillar grab handles
  • Chrome inside door handle trim finisher
  • Unique high-density floor mats with metal logo and cargo mat
  • Infiniti radiant illuminated kick plates
  • Limited rear hatch emblem
  • Body color mirror caps

Base pricing for the QX80 Luxe is $66,395 with rear-wheel drive and $69,495 with four-wheel drive. The QX80 Limited is $91,095 and comes only with four-wheel drive. These prices all include a destination charge of $1,295.

My tester was the new Limited model whose single optional item was a $355 package adding rubber-like all season floor mats and cargo bed protector. Rubbery floor mats might seem too industrial for a luxury vehicle, but at this time of year in the Pacific Northwest they are an indulgence, an extravagance, something many of us would like to have as floor covering in our homes.

The QX80 Limited shares the engine used on the QX80 Luxe: a 5.6-liter V8 producing 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Limited has a fuel economy rating of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined. Fullsize SUVs aren’t famed for their fuel efficiency, but those numbers are lower than many other vehicles in the segment.

The QX80 Limited is clearly in its element during highway driving, where it delivers a calm and quiet ride no matter how uneven the road surface. It does well on winding roads too, but not nimbly enough to make you forget how big it is.

Infotainment and connectivity systems are all-inclusive of today’s technology, with one interesting anomaly: there’s no Android Auto and Apply CarPlay compatibility, but there is a CD player. I’ll leave you to decide what to make of that.

2019 INFINITI QX80 LIMITED 4WD

Base price, including destination charge: $91,095

Price as driven: $91,450

Mary Lowry is an independent automotive writer who lives in Snohomish County. She is a member of the Motor Press Guild, and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturers as a one-week loan for review purposes only. In no way do the manufacturers control the content of the reviews.

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