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Comparison: 2022 Infiniti QX80 versus 2022 Lexus LX

Which of these two massive and very luxurious SUVs best suits your driving and hauling needs?

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2022 Infiniti QX80

Pros

  • Affordable pricing for its class
  • Standard V8 offers plenty of towing capacity
  • Lots of cargo space

Cons

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Aging interior design

What Are the Highlights of the 2022 Infiniti QX80?

If you get sticker shock shopping for a new three-row full-size luxury SUV, the 2022 QX80 is a good value in this class. One size up from the brand’s QX60 mid-size SUV, the Infiniti shares a lot of engineering with the Nissan Armada. It isn’t the fanciest or most high-tech player in this field, nor does it have the strongest name recognition. But it has a generous list of standard features.

The base 2022 QX80 Luxe trim starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price in Canadian dollars of $82,345. There’s only one powertrain: an 8-cylinder gas engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive (4WD). Other standard gear includes a single screen 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and Blind Spot Warning. The only different trim level is the $90,345 ProActive. It adds 22-in Dark finish cast aluminum-alloy wheels, an Adaptive Front Lighting System with auto-levelling headlights, Smart Rear View Mirror, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Prevention. Both QX80 trims are available with seating for either seven or eight passengers for the same price.

Unlike the Lexus 600’s 80,000-kilometre limit, the QX80’s standard warranty offers coverage up to 100,000 km. Both luxury SUVs are covered for up to four years.

 

What’s the Interior of Infiniti’s Full-Size SUV Like?

The interior quality is good in the QX80, but the design is a bit dated. Like the Lexus that’s been redesigned for 2022, almost all of the Infiniti’s rivals have been entirely updated more recently, and they’re generally more modern on the inside. That said, this Infiniti uses high-quality materials, and we like the new infotainment system.

The QX80 is roomy in the first and second rows, offering more headroom than the LX 600. The captain’s chairs with a center console are standard in the second row for seven-passenger versions, and a bench seat is optional if you need to seat up to eight—one more than the maximum in the Lexus.

Cargo space in the QX80 is excellent. It has 470 litres of space behind the third row of seats (versus 312 in the LX 600) and up to 2,694 litres with all back seats folded down (the Lexus only offers 1,246).

 

How Does the QX80 Drive?

The standard 400-horsepower and 413-pound-feet of torque 5.6-litre V8 in the QX80 delivers more than enough grunt to move around this big SUV with purpose. The QX80 has a soft, supple ride for a big, truck-based SUV thanks to the hydraulic Body Motion Control system in the ProActive trim. The handling is agile and sure-footed for an SUV. The QX80 also has a serene interior with little wind noise, and even the muscular V8 is quiet from inside the cabin. Hustling to highway speed on an on-ramp comes quickly, and it can tow up to 8,500 pounds, 1,269 more than the LX 600.

While this isn’t designed to be an off-roader, the Infiniti has good off-road chops if you ever find yourself off the beaten path. It offers more ground clearance than the Lexus (234 millimetres versus 226) and a locking transfer case with low gearing with 4WD.

 

2022 Lexus LX 600

Pros

  • New powerful and efficient twin-turbo V6
  • Infotainment system is all-new, and it’s finally a touchscreen
  • Lots of trim choices

Cons

  • Ambitious pricing
  • Where’s the off-road model?

What Are the Highlights of the 2022 Lexus LX 600?

All-new for the first time since the 2008 model year, if you’re going by the traditional belief that a full-size luxury SUV should be rugged and capable yet posh and refined, then the 2022 LX 600 may just be your pick. Built on Toyota’s J300 platform—which also underpins the new but not-for-Canada Toyota Land Cruiser—the new Lexus builds on the credibility of its rugged predecessors.

Pricing for the Lexus starts higher than where the Infiniti tops out, with the $107,450 base LX 600. There are three packages to tailor your full-size luxury needs. As its name suggests, the $13,000 F Sport Package is for buyers who want to bring some sporty looks to their luxury SUV driving experience. The $20,250 Luxury Package loads on the goodies, like Active Height Control, leather-wrapped wood steering wheel, semi-Aniline leather seats, and more. The unique two-row/four-seat $44,250 Executive VIP Package makes the LX 600 more like a limousine, with a pair of rear seats that recline and a long list of exclusive comfort and luxury appointments.

Regardless of which LX 600 you choose, the big Lexus SUV is designed to offer plenty of comfort and capability right out of the box. Under the hood is that all-new twin-turbocharged V6 gas engine that’s more powerful than the outgoing LX 570’s V8. The Active Height Control offers four different height settings: Low, Normal, Hi1, and Hi2, and is also capable of automatically making little adjustments here and there to keep things stable and planted both on- and off-road.

 

What’s the Interior the Lexus Full-Size SUV Like?

While the design is modern and all the parts are indeed new, the interior of the LX 600 follows the same philosophy as that of the outgoing model. It’s a comfortable space built with industry-leading craftsmanship. While the previous LX also offered a plush and well-crafted interior, the tech was—and we’re not exaggerating—among the worst in the industry. That shouldn’t be the case anymore, as the LX gets an all-new, North America-designed infotainment system.

Like the older LX 570, the LX 600 offers up to three rows of seats, though it seats a maximum of seven people, as opposed to the outgoing model, which could seat up to eight. The trade-off here is that the third-row seats now fold flat into the rear floor where they’re out of the way. In the old LX, the third row functioned like a jump seat, folding up to the side when not in use, where it took up a considerable amount of cargo room.

The LX 600’s new Executive VIP Package swaps out the second-row bench with two plush, reclining captain’s chairs with a center console running down the middle. The front passenger seat can be moved forward to allow more legroom, while a touchscreen on the center console acts as a control panel for all the functions of the second row. Oh yeah, the VIP Package also gets a unique air conditioning system that includes routing to overhead ceiling vents above the rear passengers.

 

How Does the LX 600 Drive?

The new LX 600 is lighter than the outgoing LX 570, and it feels that way. With a suspension that features coil springs and air springs, plus double wishbones in front and a four-link live axle in back, the Lexus blends excellent on-road manners with an expected high level of off-road stability.

Further helping the excellent overall chassis refinement is Active Height Control (AHC), which has three settings (Normal, Hi1, Hi2). At the same time, the vehicle is in motion, plus another Low setting that facilitates passenger ingress/egress. AHC also adjusts the amount of pitch and roll of the LX 600 while stabilizing the vehicle’s attitude during turning, acceleration, and deceleration by altering the spring rate. What’s more, there are subtle—but noticeable—differences in feel among the LX 600’s driver-selectable drivetrain modes, which include Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport +, and Eco settings.

 

Should I Buy a 2022 Infiniti QX80 or a 2022 Lexus Lx 600?

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is both luxurious and can handle a full complement of passengers, their cargo, and maybe tow a trailer, this pair of full-size, luxury brand SUVs are worthy of your consideration.

Although the 2022 Lexus LX 600 is “all-new,” it resolutely carries the Lexus brand’s traditional approach to this segment. Its turbo-V6 offers a nice blend of power and fuel efficiency, its interior feels modern, and there’s more customization with its comprehensive menu of optional packages.

That said, we think the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is the better buy. Over the Lexus, the Infiniti is more affordable and delivers more interior space, towing capacity, and more mileage coverage with its factory warranty.

Specs

2022 Infiniti QX80

2022 Lexus LX 600

Engine

5.6-litre gas V8

3.5-litre twin-turbocharged gas V6

Horsepower

400 @5,800 rpm

409 @ 5,200 rpm

Pound-feet of Torque

413 @4,000 rpm

479 @ 2,000-3,600 rpm

Transmission

7-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Drivetrain

Four-wheel drive

Four-wheel-drive

L/100 km Fuel Economy

17.5 city/12.2 hwy/15.1 combined

14.2 city/10.8 hwy/12.7 combined

Warranty

4 years/100,000 kilometres

4 years/80,000 kilometres

Max Seating Capacity

7/8

4/7

Base Curb Weight

1,993 kg

2,660 kg

Wheelbase

3,075 mm

2,865 mm

Overall Length

5,340 mm

5,085 mm

Width

2,030 mm

1,990 mm

Height

1,925 mm

1,885 mm

Headroom, Front

1,013 mm

960 mm

Headroom, 2nd-row

1,015 mm

990 mm

Headroom, 3rd-row

934 mm

895 mm

Legroom, Front

1,006 mm

1,045 mm

Legroom, 2nd-row

1,041 mm

930 mm

Legroom, 3rd-row

731 mm

790 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,620 mm

1,560 mm

Shoulder Room, 2nd-row

1,612 mm

1,495 mm

Shoulder Room, 3rd-row

1,537 mm

1,425 mm

Cargo Volume, Behind 2nd-row Seats

2,694 litres

1,246 litres

Cargo Volume, Behind 3rd-row Seats

470 litres

312 litres

Max. Towing Capacity

8,500 lb (3,856 kg)

7,231 lb (3,280 kg)

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