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November 30, 2013

Infiniti QX80 stands out from the herd

You could think of the 2014 Infiniti QX80 as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but the wolf part isn’t right. A wolf is big, brave, powerful and kind-of bad. Wrapping one in a sheepskin is just a coverup. The wolf doesn’t really have any of the plush, gentle and manageable qualities of a sheep.

The Infiniti QX80 is big, brave and powerful, and you can push it to be kind-of bad. But the vehicle’s plush, gentle and pampering character is also deeply ingrained and real. Maybe it’s better to think of the luxury SUV as a sheep on steroids. Or, better yet , think of the QX80 as a sheep superhero. Its compliant and comfortable nature penetrates deep to its core. But also down deep in that core is more power and ability than you’ll ever find in any mere mortal sheep.

“It has such a beautiful ride that you don’t’ realize you’re driving a big vehicle. It’s powerful, it’s smooth, it’s loaded with technology, but it’s easy to drive,” stated Brian Heney, executive manager of Kelly Infiniti, Danvers.

The Infiniti QX80 is a full-size sport-utility vehicle that provides all the abundant qualities a large, multi-use hauler must have. It seats seven people, with a no-cost option for eight-passenger seating. Its big V8 engine produces 400 horsepower. It can tow up to 8,500 pounds. In its basic form, the QX80 uses rear-wheel drive, but Merrimack Valley drivers go for the all-wheel-drive version at Kelly Infiniti.

As a luxury SUV with a list price above $60,000, the QX80 also lathers on the pampering comforts. It comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel (with heated second-row seats as an option), 10-way power driver’s seat and eight-way power front-passenger’s seat, three-zone climate control, navigation, 13-speaker Bose audio system – and those are just some of the features you can see and touch.

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