The 2022 Infiniti QX80 is an attractive and luxury vehicle with decent engine power and a sturdy interior. But to many, it is seen as a fancy version of the Nissan Armada, which is one of its major rivals. The 2022 Nissan Armada also offers an impressive upscale design but lacks the popularity of its domestic rivals like Infiniti.
Although the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is often called an embellished version of the 2022 Nissan Armada, there are noticeable differences between the two. From the subtle differences in the exterior design to the engine and even interior, we would be comparing the 2022 Nissan Armada with the 2022 Infiniti QX80.
The 2022 Nissan Armada and 2022 Infiniti QX80 are powered by the same engines, which is a powerful 5.6-liter V-8 engine with seven-speed automatic transmission. Their engines give off 400 horsepower and can be used with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Every model in the two series can also tow 8500 pounds.
Although the two have the same engine power, the QX80 is less athletic with no sharp driving dynamics. The Armada on the other hand might be slow to react, but gives a good sense of control.
Since these two vehicles have the same engine power, they also have the same discouraging fuel economy ratings. With rear-wheel drive, they both offer 14 mpg in the city. For the highway, while the Armada offers 19 mpg, the QX80 is set at 20 mpg. There’s only one value difference between the two, so this is a major similarity.
It might surprise you to see that their infotainment systems are also quite similar, which is another reason why they are both compared to each other. The 2022 Armada and 2022 QX80 both have an infotainment touchscreen of 12.3 inches, with integrated navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. They also have the same 13-speaker Bose audio system.
The Sensory trim which is the most expensive from QX80, and the Platinum trim, also the top-of-the-line from Armada, come with rear-seat entertainment systems. This includes 8.0-inch screens at the back of the front seats.
Interior and Exterior Design
It’s not surprising that the exterior and interior designs of the Armada and QX80 are very different. If they were the same, then that would be a problem. The Infiniti has a sleeker exterior, while the Armada looks more rugged.
The two vehicles have a comfortable interior and optional second-row captain seats that can be swapped for the three-row benches. But the Armada has a fancier interior, with plenty of legroom in the third row, while the QX80 feels a bit tighter.
You would have to pull down the third-row seats manually to make up more space in the QX80, but the 2022 Armada features buttons in the cargo area or the armrest of the third-row seats. In terms of cargo space, the 2022 QX80 offers better space than the Armada.
All in all, the 2022 Nissan Armada boasts a cushy and comfortable interior, with a cabin made with high-quality and attractive materials, and is well-insulated from outside noise. You also get quilted seats and open-pore wood trim with higher trims.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 is comfortable and quiet too, with a redesigned center stack. Despite this, it isn’t very different from previous model years. The interior includes more user-friendly controls and impressive interior cabin space, but few luxury features.
When it comes to the infotainment tech, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 and 2022 Nissan Armada also stand out from each other in different ways. Although they have the same 12.3-inch touchscreen and similar integrations, this is where the similarities end.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 also comes with the InTouch connectivity services from its brand, wireless device charging and different charge ports throughout the vehicle with USB ports. If you want even better technology, you can purchase the Theater package along with your car, for added ports and a 120-volt outlet.
On the other hand, the 2022 Nissan Armada has a few differences of its own. It is not as tech-forward as the QX80 but has a SiriusXM satellite radio and rotary controls on the center console.
For two vehicles that seem to be very similar, the differences in their prices are pretty wide. The 2022 Nissan Armada comes with four trim lines, with a price range of averagely $50,395 and $66,795. This is from S to Platinum, respectively.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 is way more expensive, and many car enthusiasts agree that the small differences are not enough to explain the wide price difference. Thus, some go for the Armada as it is way cheaper. The QX80 has three trim lines, with a price range of averagely $71,995 and $83,630, for Luxe to Sensory, respectively.
The cheapest trim from QX80 is more expensive than the top-of-the-line trim from the Armada series.
While the 2022 QX80 and Armada don’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance, their warranty offers are another way in which they’re different.
The QX80 offers four-year coverage for the limited or powertrain warranty. In miles, it is 60,000 or 70,000 miles, respectively.
As for the 2022 Armada, you get a limited warranty of three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.
While the 2022 Nissan Armada and 2022 Infiniti QX80 have similarities in their engine power, fuel economy and infotainment, they differ greatly in their designs and prices.
The Armada did much better than the QX80 in terms of interior design and features, but the latter has the upper hand when it comes to technology and driver-assistance features. As for price, the 2022 Armada is way more affordable, so you can even purchase the most expensive model with your QX80 budget. They both offer decent warranty coverages too.
The one that you choose depends greatly on your needs and your budget, so look at the Armada and QX80 closely before making your choice.