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Eric's Autos: 2022 Infiniti QX80

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There is a boundary layer of iridium above which there are no dinosaur bones to be found -- because the dinosaurs were killed off by whatever laid down that worldwide layer of iridium separating the last era of the dinosaurs from all of the subsequent eras.

When people from a future era look back at ours, they may also notice a layer of iridium, so to speak, separating their era from ours.

The one in which mighty mechanical sauropods such as the Infiniti QX80 still roamed the roads.

What It Is

The QX80 is a full-size, three-row SUV based on the Nissan Armada, both of which are related to Nissan's full-size, half-ton pickup, the Titan. All three are powered by a 5.6-liter V8, paired with an automatic transmission and either rear-drive or four-wheel-drive (with a transfer case and 4WD low-range gearing).

The Q, being an Infiniti, is layered with luxury features that aren't standard (and some not offered) in either of its two Nissan-badged relations. These include a self-leveling air suspension, three-zone climate control, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels and a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system .

 

Which is why the Q's base price for the Lux trim is $71,950 for the rear-drive version and $75,050 for the 4WD version. The Nissan-badged version of essentially the same thing, in terms of function if not amenities, is $49,500.

The Premium Select adds 22-inch wheels, dark chrome exterior trim and some additional options for the color of the leather seats. It lists for $76,250 for the RWD version and $79,350 for 4WD.

A top-of-the-line Sensory comes with a Body Motion Control System to counteract body roll when the big Q is cornering, a 17-speaker even-more-premium Bose audio system, a larger, new-design LCD screen in the center stack and a pair of 8-inch entertainment screens for those in back.

It stickers for $83,100 with RWD and $86,200 with 4WD.

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