Infiniti struggles to get its message across. As the luxury offshoot of Nissan, Infiniti’s brand image remains indistinct to the public, even after nearly three decades in business. This struggle leads to some desperate measures, like renaming the entire lineup with a new alpha-numeric scheme. It’s a shame, because there are some great vehicles in the lineup, and they sometimes get overlooked when the competitors are gathered.
At a time when there’s a general retreat from fullsize SUVs, the 2016 Infiniti QX80 proudly sports a big engine, three rows of seating and robust body-on-frame construction. The QX80 (formerly QX56) is a worthy flagship for a performance luxury brand.