2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check


Infiniti's largest SUV is quite the beast, with loads of head- and legroom and seating for seven or eight passengers across three rows of seats, depending on if it's equipped with second-row bucket seats or a bench. Installing child-safety seats in the QX80 (previously called the QX56), was fairly uncomplicated thanks to accessible Latch anchors, but several small ergonomic issues combined to lower this SUV's Car Seat Check scores.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, one on each bucket seat

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | February 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Nissan and Infiniti Crossovers


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 151,695 model-year 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders (manufactured between April 18, 2012, and Sept. 20, 2013) and two vehicles from the automaker's luxury arm: model-year 2013 Infiniti JX35 (manufactured between Sept. 15, 2011, and Jan. 16, 2013) and 2014 QX60 crossovers (manufactured between Jan. 17 through Sept. 20, 2013).

The Problem: An issue with the antilock braking system's software could lead to an increase in stopping distance. This could cause a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will reprogram the braking system for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Explaining Infiniti's New Car Names


Infiniti took the unusual step of renaming its entire lineup for the 2014 model year lineup. While we wrote about the change when the company made the announcement, many of these newly named cars are going on sale now or in the near future. We thought it would be a public service to create this handy graphic explaining the changes.

By David Thomas | August 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: Airbag Problem Affects Millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles


Four Japanese automakers — Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda — have announced a voluntary recall of 3 million vehicles worldwide because of possibly faulty airbags; more than a million of those vehicles are in the U.S.

According to the automakers, the problem lies in the front-passenger airbag inflator, which in affected vehicles could deploy with too much pressure due to improperly manufactured propellant wafers, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injuries to passengers, though none have been reported. The airbags were manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of airbags.

According to Toyota, affected vehicles in the U.S. include 510,000 Toyota Corolla compact sedans, Matrix compact hatchbacks, Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickup trucks, as well as Lexus SC 430 sport coupes, all manufactured between 2001 and 2003. According to news reports, Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota said it will notify owners by mail. Dealers will inspect the front-passenger airbag; if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a new one for free. Toyota owners can go to www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331; Lexus owners can go to www.lexus.com/recall or call Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid at the 2013 New York Auto Show

  • Competes with: Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Volvo XC90
  • Looks like: An Infiniti JX35
  • Drivetrain: Supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and lithium-ion battery pack paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2013

The Infiniti QX60 name may not sound familiar, but the crossover that bears it should jog your memory. It's the new-for-2013 JX35. For 2014, not only does the seven-passenger vehicle get the QX name change, but a hybrid model is joining the roster.

At the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer told Cars.com that every new Infiniti will offer a hybrid variant. The Q50 hybrid (formerly the G37) debuted at the show; up next is the QX60 — Infiniti's first hybrid crossover.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 8, 2013 | Comments (6)

Car Talk: What's the Ugliest Car?


Just as a person's beauty is only skin deep, a car's is in the eye of the pink-slip holder. Still, there's just no denying that some have a face only an owner could love. Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk" radio show, solicited input online to determine the ugliest automobile currently in production.

Based on the nominations received, the field was narrowed to 10: Chevrolet Spark, Fiat Multipla, Infiniti QX56, Kia Soul, Lincoln MKT, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke (photo above), Toyota Prius v and the Smart ForTwo. At last check, the Multipla was trouncing the uncomely competition with nearly 39% of the vote. Its nearest opponent is the Juke with nearly 26%; the balance of the nominees' vote tallies were in the single digits.

Is the Multipla being unfairly maligned in the face of an uglier opponent? Or perhaps you wish to contribute to the pile-on? Click here to cast your vote.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 23, 2013 | Comments (15)

2014 Infiniti Q50 Video


Notwithstanding Infiniti's questionable new Q-for-cars, QX-for-SUVs naming convention, the 2014 Q50 appears to be an overall improvement on the outgoing G37 sedan it replaces. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays looked at the Q50's hybrid version this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, concluding that its "surprising utility complements a strong pedigree."

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The new Q50 is lower, longer and wider than its predecessor, with body-style updates that add improved interior volume to decent backseat legroom and trunk space (even in the hybrid). Features like the double-arched grille in front and rear-end style suggest classic Infiniti; meanwhile, a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with an electric motor, direct-adaptive steering system and stylish, samurai-influenced interior trim show change is also embraced.

Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX


Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model year.

Luxury brands like Volvo, Audi and Lincoln have similar conventions; Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen headed up Audi of America until last spring. Citing the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio," he laid out plans to begin the shift "in logical stages" starting with the 2014 model year.

Among Infiniti's SUVs, the EX35 becomes the QX50, the JX35 will be the QX60, the FX35/50 will be the QX70 and the QX56 will be the QX80.

Among the brand's cars, the G25/37 sedan becomes the Q50, which debuts in redesigned form at next month's Detroit auto show. It’s essentially the next G with a new name. The G37 coupe and convertible become the Q60, and the M37/56 becomes the Q70.

By Kelsey Mays | December 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Infiniti QX56


The luxurious three-row 2012 Infiniti QX56 can easily handle larger families with its seating for up to eight passengers, according to Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. Its 400-horsepower V-8 engine can tackle mountain passes, but you'll pay for all that power at the gas pump. The QX gets a paltry 14/20 mpg city/highway, and it cost Courtney $100 to fill the gas tank. Ouch.

2012 Infiniti QX56

By Jennifer Newman | June 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 Infiniti QX56: Car Seat Check


With its V-8 engine, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 has plenty of power to haul a larger family in style. The QX, which was redesigned last year, can seat up to eight passengers in its three rows of seats, but our test car had seating for seven, with captain's chairs in the second row and a three-seat bench in the third.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | May 9, 2012 | Comments (4)

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