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|30.8||Total Display Area (in)||19.3|
|19 McIntosh||Sound System (in)||17 Bose|
|179||Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||152.5|
Are you looking for a large luxury SUV? If so, you'll be glad to know that automakers show no signs of slowing down in the quest to build the best-of-the-best ultra-premium vehicle to win more market share. The biggest (no pun intended) battle raging in the segment today is the 2022 Wagoneer vs 2022 INFINITI QX80. But which model – the all-new Wagoneer or the updated QX80 – deserves a spot in your driveway?
These SUVs feature comfort and luxury features you never knew you needed, like front passenger touchscreens and audio systems with more speakers and wattage than a downtown nightclub. However, these vehicles are not all about plush luxury: they're also equipped with the latest safety systems designed with advanced semi-autonomous driver technology.
If you're preparing to drop nearly six figures for a high-end luxury SUV, we recommend diving deep into each prospective vehicle's spec sheets. It's where you'll find comparative details about important features like capability and spaciousness that could affect your ownership experience. We eliminate the guesswork with facts and a detailed side-by-side comparison of these two category leaders, so you can make an informed decision and invest in the SUV that gets you the most for your money.
You don't know luxury until you slide behind the wheel of a premium, ultra-high-end full-size SUV. These two vehicles, the Wagoneer and the QX80, feature so many over-the-top luxury features, it's hard to list them all. First off is seating: the Wagoneer boasts gorgeous Nappa leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front and heated in the second row. There's also a 4-way power-adjustable lumbar support available for the driver and front passenger.
The QX80 also features Nappa leather on lower trims and upgrades to Semi-Aniline leather on the top-end Sensory trim. Most folks don't know the difference and assume Semi-Aniline is better because it shows up on a lot of premium model trims. In fact, the terms Nappa and Semi-Aniline describe leather finishes, not the quality of the leather itself. Semi-Aniline is more expensive because it leaves more of the natural leather finish, but it's more about personal taste than it is about quality.
As for interior features, they are abundant in both vehicles. The QX80 top trim features a 17-speaker Bose audio system, ambient interior lighting, and a front center console with an adjustable armrest that also has storage and a power outlet. A wireless device charger and single-pane sunroof are also included. The driver will have a 10-way power seat with 2-way lumbar, while the front passenger gets 8-way power with their 2-way lumbar.
The top-end Wagoneer Series III bests the QX80, with 12-way power seats that boast 4-way lumbar for the driver and the front passenger, an available 19-speaker McIntosh audio system (the first of its kind in an automobile), and a tri-pane sunroof. Further adding to its clever use of interior space, the Wagoneer features a lockable safe in its center console. It's these small, thoughtful touches that push the Wagoneer ahead of the QX80 in interior quality.
As with most full-size SUV reviews, the story begins with passenger comfort. Add the "premium" descriptor, and that story evolves into an exploration of which vehicle offers the most high-end luxury, comfort, and convenience features. We can't forget about space, though, because all the bells-and-whistles in the world won't mean much if your rear passengers are hugging their knees.
Bottom line: if you're investing in a fancy SUV, you don't want your back seat passengers feeling crammed in. You also don't want to worry about whether your luggage will fit in the cargo area. It seems so minor, but real-world use means there will be trips to the airport, the big box home store, and the weekend lake cottage. Do you have enough room for gear and luggage? You don't want to find out the hard way.
Here's where the beginnings of a victor emerge because the 2022 Wagoneer bests the 2022 QX80 in just about every interior space metric. First, the Wagoneer features 179 cubic feet of passenger volume to the QX80's far smaller 152.5 cubic feet measurement. With all the seats folded down, it makes sense that the Wagoneer's cargo space of 116.7 cubic feet is far more expansive than the QX80's 95.1 cubic feet.
Why does this matter? One word: versatility. Because these vehicles can be equipped to seat up to eight passengers, it's critical to understand how comfortably the interior cabin will accommodate them. Also, though these are high-end SUVs, they're still SUVs, which means there's a good chance you'll use them to haul cargo. With a full load of passengers, the QX80 totes a paltry 16.6 cubic feet of cargo. The Wagoneer manages far more at 27.4 cubic feet.
How about headroom and legroom in the dreaded third-row seat? The Wagoneer offers 36.6 inches of legroom and 39 inches of headroom. But prepare to eat your knees in the QX80 if you lose rock, paper, scissors and end up riding in the rear, as it only has 28.8 inches of legroom and 36.8 inches of headroom. It doesn't sound like a big difference until you're the one stuck in the back, but one trip to town in the third row of the INFINITI and you will fully appreciate the extra wiggle room in the Wagoneer.
Buyers looking to tow a boat, horse trailer, or camper should take note that the 2022 Wagoneer can tow a whopping 10,000 pounds, far more than the QX80, which maxes out at 8,500 pounds. Additionally, the Wagoneer offers more towing technology, including hitch support and helpful trailer brake control options. Also, the Wagoneer offers an off-road equipment package that you won't find on the QX80, helping to get you safely up that snow-covered road on a ski trip or down that muddy backroad to go hiking.
It's 2022, which means high technology is in demand. The days of aux cords and small grainy screens are over, and instead, automakers are filling vehicle interiors with USB ports, wireless chargers, and lots of connected technology. Buyers seeking infotainment and incredible access to the latest in cloud-based connected services will find plenty of both in the Wagoneer and QX80, with one big difference: it's far more entertaining to be a passenger in the 2022 Wagoneer.
The Wagoneer boasts the industry's first-ever passenger-side infotainment touchscreen, and it's not small. The Passenger Interactive Display, as it's technically called, measures a sizable 10.25 inches and allows front-seat passengers to do everything from watching movies to sending the driver navigation information. It's an innovative luxury touch that makes riding shotgun a lot more enjoyable.
The 2022 Wagoneer also features a digital Driver Information Cluster that displays important vehicle data, like speed and fuel level, completely digitally. Wagoneer buyers can also add an innovative head-up display. Of course, all of these screens are in addition to the Wagoneer's standard dash-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen runs on Uconnect 5 infotainment technology and includes intelligent navigation that displays real-time traffic updates. Both vehicles offer an optional dual-screen rear entertainment system. The Wagoneer boasts 10.1-inch screens, while the QX80's are just 8 inches in size.
The 2022 QX80 has a larger 12.3-inch center infotainment touchscreen but no touchscreen option for passengers. Additionally, buyers won't find a head-up display on the QX80, and for a high-end luxury SUV priced in the high five-figure range, that's a big void. The INFINITI's single-screen infotainment system runs on the InTouch operating system; however, drivers report the Uconnect 5 system is more responsive.
Both the Wagoneer and QX80 offer connected services that provide smartphone app-based conveniences, but the experience is a level ahead of the Wagoneer. This is thanks to a dedicated Wagoneer app that contains handy features like service appointment scheduling, vehicle health reports, and direct access to a Wagoneer Ambassador for live support. INFINITI's InTouch system expands to smartphone app technology, but via a broader INFINITI-brand app.