2014 Infiniti QX80 Real-World Cargo Space

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In the scope of large three-row luxury SUVs, the body-on-frame 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a fairly contemporary ute with a cargo area configured more like a crossover's than a truck-based SUV's. The second and third rows fold flat without the seats having to be removed; that's better than the 2014 Lexus LX 570 in which you have to awkwardly fold the third-row seats up to the side of the cargo area.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Expert Review

The 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row is tall enough to fit both strollers we test at the same time — a large and small one — and separately, two golf bags laid flat with room for more to stack on top. There's a respectable 95.1 cubic feet of maximum luggage space compared to its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class when the second and third rows are folded. See how well the above items and more fit into the cargo area in the animation below.

By Joe Bruzek | March 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Holdovers from Cars.com's coverage of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show continue to dominate our list of most-watched videos, with our overview of the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype topping them all at No. 1. Still, this week's roster did welcome a pair of newcomers as our critique of the 2014 Infiniti QX80 lands at No. 3 and PickupTrucks.com's value-minded assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT earns the No. 5 spot. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2015 Toyota 4Runner — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
3. 2014 Infiniti QX80
4. 2015 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro Package — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

By Matt Schmitz | March 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Video

The buzzword for the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is "big." The luxury SUV is big in size, comfort, engine and especially price. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays calls its Salvador Dali-esque exterior styling "droopy." However, there's nothing droopy about the acceleration from the QX80's 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8, which makes for robust passing but lackluster fuel economy. Still, if you're dropping nearly $80,000 (the price of our test car), what you pay at the pump likely will take a back seat to the lush comfort of your second-row passengers. Watch the video above.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

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For such a gigantic, luxurious SUV, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 won't win any awards for efficient use of space. Taking a road trip? Tell your travel group to pack light. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger notes that some subcompact cars offer more suitcase space than what's behind the QX80's third row, and its fuel costs are commensurate with the QX80's enormity. Still, Geiger gushes that the first- and second-row seats are as decadently cushy as the interior is tastefully appointed, while opulent exterior styling will elicit gentlemen's bets among admirers as to how much this baby set you back. Read Geiger's review.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

By Matt Schmitz | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Cars That Beat This Winter

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If it seems like we're covering the winter weather all the time that's because there hasn't been much of a break in the snow and cold to write anything else. Luckily, we've been able to pilot some true foul-weather standouts in our test fleet in Chicago and Detroit this season.

By David Thomas | February 20, 2014 | Comments (38)

2014 Infiniti QX80: Big SUV, Small Kids Don't Mix

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The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a three-row behemoth that seems ready-made for families. It can haul up to eight passengers depending on the seat configuration, so I figured that my family of five would be easy for it to handle. Boy, was I wrong.

2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check

The QX80 — formerly known as the QX56 — has a spacious, luxurious interior, but it didn't play nicely with my young children's child-safety seats, and a difficult-to-access third row had my 3-year-old daughter climbing into the cargo area to get to her car seat; I followed right behind her to buckle her in.

By BreAnn Ahara | February 5, 2014 | Comments (11)

2014 Infiniti QX80: Car Seat Check

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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