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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
We couldn’t feel much of a difference between the two suspension setups; head toss and body roll were handled equally well in each of the vehicles we drove.
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The front seats are a kind of infinitely-adjustable guilty pleasure.
But there's a bit less legroom in the second row; and the third row, once ample for adults, is now best-sized for children (though a new power-recline feature makes it bearable for 6-footers on short trips).
If your kids' kids are teenagers, they'll find sufficient space in the third row, especially with the seatback reclined (although there isn't room for much luggage behind that third seat).
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 interior is awash in the sort of creamy, soft-touch, carefully wrapped leather and precisely molded plastics and glossy wood trim that you might indeed find inside an executive jet. It's nice.
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 has a distinctive interior with seating for seven and a sense of priorities not seen seen past models; it's lower, slightly shorter, and significantly more refined than it ever has been.
The previous-generation QX was assembled in Mississippi next the Nissan Armada, but the current version of the model is built in Japan. It's hard to tell much of a difference in terms of interior space, though.
Behind the third-row seat, there’s as much cargo room as you’d find in the trunk of a Ford Fusion. With the power-folding third-row seat down, Infiniti counts 95.1 cubic feet of storage space. Loading is simple enough, since the QX80 sits at least 2 inches lower than the previous model, and the power tailgate relieves lightweights and shorties from having to jump and hang on for closure.
The current QX is about three inches shorter overall than before, but the interior still sports luxurious front seats, plush chairs with power adjustments and plenty of space in all directions--except possibly at the knees, where bigger passengers might make contact with the QX's center console and its softly padded side. We're big fans of ventilated seats, and the QX80 offers them; they're excellent investments for drivers in the southern third of the U.S., where they relieve some of the burden put on the climate control.
Second-row seating is almost as ample, but three adults across won't be as comfortable in the standard configuration as they will if the owner opted for the no-charge bench seat. The buckets are nicer, though, and get a center console almost as useful as the deep bin between the front seats. The second-row seats also offer heating, and a new tip-forward setup is meant to make clambering into the third-row seat a little easier. In the end, that third-row seat just isn't useful for adults, but three children will be able to jump into it and find plenty of room for themselves and their backpacks.
Provided adults stay in front, everyone's happy in the QX80.