2024 INFINITI QX80 vs 2024 Nissan Armada

February 16th, 2024 by

People walking towards their new 2024 INFINITI QX80 luxury SUV

There’s a limited field of players in the luxury SUV segment, but the INFINITI QX80 stands out. This refined and powerful full-size SUV benefits from the brand’s forward-thinking approach, and its design incorporates the sophisticated appointments and innovative technology you crave.

The rival Nissan Armada has also carved out a niche in the segment. Nissan has placed its Armada prominently in the market after its recent makeover to compete with luxury SUVs like the QX80. Read as our INFINITI of Hoffman Estates team compares these two vehicles.

Exterior Design and Aesthetics

The INFINITI QX80 projects upscale refinement from every point of view. Form meets function through a bold exterior style that speaks to its power. The QX80’s modern design features sleek lines and bulging curves, giving it a striking athletic posture. Angular front fascia features and chrome accents provide a squared-off jawline, giving the QX80 an aggressive stare without compromising sophistication.

From the curb, the Nissan Armada strikes an imposing image. It’s big and bold and ready to tackle anything. The Armada offers exterior design elements similar to the QX80, including an angular front end. Its profile and stance lean more to the rugged side than you want from a luxury SUV, with fewer curves and lines to shape it into something more graceful than an SUV that can handle the rough stuff.

Performance and Engine Specifications

Imagine the spirit of a racecar in the body of a full-size adventure SUV with the premium comfort you expect from a luxury vehicle, and you get the QX80. Its 5.6-liter V-8 engine produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

An available Hydraulic Body Motion Control system aids its refined driving characteristics. This advanced system continuously monitors g-forces and distributes variable pressure to the inner or outer suspension system to reduce body lean and smooth your ride. All-wheel-drive models enhance your driving experience when road surfaces get soft and slick. INFINITI’s All-Mode four-wheel drive (4WD) automatically sends torque to the wheels that can use it most to provide traction in all weather and road conditions.

Nissan’s 5.6-liter V-8 engine generates the same horsepower and torque, providing an equal towing capacity as the QX80. An optional 4WD system intelligently distributes power to the wheels as needed. Instead of a sophisticated suspension system like the QX80, the Nissan Armada has a body-on-frame construction. This welded ladder frame and full-length box section rails add strength and stiffness, making it durable but not enhancing ride quality.

Interior Comfort and Technology

The QX80’s cabin ignites your senses. You have the luxurious appointments you desire in a carefully crafted design. Intuitively placed controls operate the pinnacle of in-vehicle technology.

Rich textures and modern materials of the finest quality enhance your cabin experience. You’ll love the unrivaled look and feel of the semi-aniline leather seats in various colors and patterns. And the cabin’s noise-insulating qualities help you relax and decompress, shielding you from the outside world. In its standard configuration, the INFINITI QX80’s spacious interior seats up to eight people and features second-row captain’s chairs. You can switch these for a bench seat if you don’t need the second-row console.

Depending on the model and options, you and your passengers can enjoy heated and ventilated seats with a memory function and a power-reclining third row. A 12.3-inch touch screen features INFINITI’s InTouch infotainment technology. This system has built-in Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation for your convenience. A wireless charging pad and USB ports keep everyone connected and charged.

The Nissan Armada has an equally spacious cabin, with many considerate touches for storage and comfort. It has synthetic leatherette upholstery on the lower trims, and when you opt for leather, Nissan doesn’t add it to the third row. The in-vehicle technology package features a NissanConnect 12.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a navigation system come standard, as does an intelligent rearview mirror.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

INFINITI equips the QX80 with advanced driver-assistance systems that elevate your driving experience and help you stay safe. These technologies use radar and optical sensors to monitor your QX80 and alert you to potential hazards. In certain situations, the systems will engage emergency braking or steering support to help you avoid a possible collision.

Two systems stand out. First, the INFINITI Around View Monitor has the world’s first moving object detection capability. Second, the QX80 has a predictive forward collision warning system that looks at the car ahead of you and the vehicle in front of it to help anticipate slowing traffic.

Nissan outfitted its Armada with a similar technology suite called the Nissan Safety Shield 360. It uses the same technology to provide advanced warnings and intervention if needed.

Pricing and Value

The INFINITI QX80 has a starting MSRP of $74,150 for the base LUXE model, while the top-of-the-range SENSORY edition begins at $85,350. Nissan’s base Armada SV trim starts at $55,720. The top-tier Platinum model has a starting MSRP of $67,790.

Determining a vehicle’s value depends on many factors, not just cost. What you get regarding quality, reliability, and performance affects its value. While the QX80 costs more, you also get more. You’ll love the luxurious finishes and premium ride quality the QX80 offers that the Armada doesn’t.

Experience the Luxuriously Refined 2024 INFINITI QX80

The QX80’s elegant athleticism has more curb appeal than the utilitarian Armada. Performance upgrades to the QX80’s suspension system elevate ride quality over the Armada, while its enhanced interior offers more premium quality throughout the lineup. The QX80 delivers the refined luxury you deserve, while the Armada remains capably practical. Shop our virtual inventory to see what QX80 features stand out, or stop by our West Golf Road dealership for a personal demonstration. One of our friendly staff will answer your questions and let you take your preferred vehicle for a test drive.

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