Those shopping for a new luxury SUV this year will come across the 2018 Lexus LX 570 and the 2018 INFINITI QX80. These are full sized vehicles that are each equipped with state of the art infotainment and automotive technology, and which present unrivaled luxury with a high price tag to boot. As such choosing between them can be challenging until you read the detailed analysis below.
Design & Style
Both of these vehicles are outstanding in terms of appearance. They are sleek, with a smooth, shiny exterior and an interior fit for royalty. While both come with a lot of styling options, the INFINITI has an edge over the Lexus, with nine optional colors for the exterior versus only five for the LX 570. The INFINITI will also give you access to more trim levels.
Technology & Safety
When it comes to fuel economy, the QX80 excels over the LX 570, with 14 mpg versus only 13 mpg. However, those who buy the Lexus have the option of seating a maximum of 8 people, whereas the QX80 carries a maximum of 7. The standard LX 570, however, will only seat five. Both vehicles offer blue tooth, sun/moon roof, power windows, heated seats and the many other perks that you’d expect in a vehicle in this class, so neither has a significant edge in this area.
This is where things get interesting. The INFINITI QX80 has an extremely powerful V8 engine which is capable of producing 413 ft Ibs of torque, along with 400 horsepower, whereas the Lexus only produces a maximum of 383 horsepower with about 403 ft Ibs of torque. While INFINITI’s engine isn’t substantially more powerful, those who have test driven both vehicles have noticed the difference.
The Bottom Line
While the INFINITI QX80 and Lexus LX 570 have a number of similarities, one of the areas where they differ dramatically is in the price tag. But what does the Lexus bring to the table to justify the higher price? Not much. Aside from a few whistles and bells, it lags behind the INFINITI in terms of performance and will cost more to own when you factor in fuel economy and ongoing maintenance. Therefore, it just doesn’t make sense to shell out almost $100,000 more for the Lexus when you can spend less to buy the INFINITI while getting so many superb features.
Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX80 Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 INFINITI QX80 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI QX80 test drive appointment.