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Infiniti QX80 Towing Capacity: Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

The Infiniti QX80 has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 19 for luxury full-size SUVs. But does it have a towing capacity to tow large-sized loaded trailers? Does it have the capability of competing with other cars in the same category? Let’s find out the answers to these questions.

All models of the Infiniti QX80 have a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. Additional passengers, cargo, and/or optional equipment will add weight to the vehicle and reduce your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. Infiniti recommends using a weight-distributing hitch system when towing over 5,000 lbs for all variants of the QX80.

In this article, we’ll look at the change in the towing capacity of this car over the years. We’ll then identify the weights of various types of trailers to compare them against the towing capacity of this car. Lastly, we’ll compare it against its competition and analyze its performance.

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Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

The following table highlights the towing capacities of various generations of the Infiniti QX80. There hasn’t been any change in this car’s engine and design variants, and therefore we can witness a consistent towing capacity over these years.

YearEngineTowing Capacity Braked (lbs)Note
2021All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2020All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2019All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2018All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2017All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2016All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2015All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.
2014All8,500Always tow within the towing limits.

Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Not all trailers have the same weight and size. Therefore, we have done an extensive research to identify the weighing limits of different types of trailers. We have then matched these weight limits against the towing capacity of the Infiniti QX80.

All models of the Infiniti QX80 can tow small and medium-sized trailers. With a remarkable towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, there’s hardly a trailer that this car cannot tow.

Be careful in large trailers such as a large boat trailer or a large utility trailer. It can still tow them as long as they are not fully loaded with maximum payload. The Infiniti QX80 is a safe and reliable car for towing purposes. It is designed to perform in tough conditions. Thus, you don’t have to worry about its towing performance.

Trailer TypeAverage Empty Weight (lbs.)Average Total Loaded Weight (lbs.)Can A Infiniti QX80 Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Jet Ski Trailer3001,800Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Motorcycle Trailer5002,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Teardrop Trailer1,700 2,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Open Utility Trailer7002,500Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
A-Frame Camper1,7002,900Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,0003,200Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Fishing Boat Trailer6003,300Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Pop Up Camper2,3003,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Travel Trailer2,8003,600Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Tow Dolly6004,000Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,7007,100Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Horse Trailer2,9007,200Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Large Travel Trailer6,7008,300Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Car Trailer1,9009,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Flatbed Trailer3,00010,400It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Boat Trailer2,20013,600It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Dump Trailer4,50016,900It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Toy Hauler7,60017,900It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Livestock Trailer7,30018,700It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
5th Wheel Camper12,70018,700No.
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,20023,200It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
  • Kayak: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a kayak trailer. On average, an empty kayak trailer will weigh 200 pounds. A loaded kayak trailer will weigh an average of 400 pounds with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a jet ski trailer. On average, an empty jet ski trailer will weigh 300 pounds. A loaded jet ski trailer will weigh an average of 1,800 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is within the range of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a motorcycle trailer. On average, an empty motorcycle trailer will weigh 500 pounds. A loaded motorcycle trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds with a maximum of 3,500 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Teardrop Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a teardrop trailer. On average, an empty teardrop trailer will weigh 1,700 pounds. A loaded teardrop trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds, outside of the range of the  Infiniti QX80. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is also within the limits of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a small open utility trailer. On average, an empty small open utility trailer will weigh 700 pounds. A loaded small open utility trailer will weigh an average of 2,500 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • A-Frame Camper: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an a-frame camper. On average, an empty a-frame camper weighs 1,700 pounds. A loaded a-frame camper will weigh an average of 2,900 pounds with a maximum of 3,600 pounds which is within the range of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a small enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty small enclosed utility trailer weighs 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a fishing boat trailer. On average, an empty fishing boat trailer weighs 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Pop-Up Camper: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a pop-up camper. On average, an empty pop-up camper weighs 2,300 pounds. A loaded pop-up camper will weigh an average of 3,400 pounds with a maximum of 4,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Small Travel Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a small travel trailer. On average, an empty small travel trailer weighs 2,800 pounds. A loaded small travel trailer will weigh an average of 3,600 pounds with a maximum of 4,500 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Tow Dolly: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average, an empty tow dolly weighs 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Large Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an empty large enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty large enclosed utility trailer weighs 2,700 pounds. A loaded large enclosed utility trailer weighs an average of 7,100 pounds with a maximum of 10,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Small Horse Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow a small horse trailer. On average, an empty small horse trailer weighs 2,900 pounds. A loaded small horse trailer weighs an average of 7,200 pounds with a maximum of 8,000 pounds which is within the range of the  Infiniti QX80.
  • Car Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an empty car trailer. On average, an empty car trailer weighs 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer weighs an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Large Flatbed Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an empty large flatbed trailer. On average, an empty large flatbed trailer weighs 3,000 pounds. A loaded large flatbed trailer weighs an average of 10,400 pounds with a maximum of 26,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Infiniti QX80.
  • Large Boat Trailer: All Infiniti QX80 models will be able to tow an empty large boat trailer. On average, an empty large boat trailer weighs 2,200 pounds. A loaded large boat trailer weighs an average of 13,600 pounds with a maximum of 34,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Infiniti QX80.

How Well Can It Tow Compared to its Competitors?

The following table highlights the towing capacities of different cars that fall in the QX80’s competition. No car surpasses the Infiniti QX80  in its towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. As this car is still being produced, we can expect further improvements in the towing capacity.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2021 Cadillac Escalade7,5008,200
2021 GMC Yukon8,4008,400
2021 Lincoln Navigator8,7008,700
2021 Mercedes Benz GLS-Class7,7007,700
2021 Nissan Armada8,5008,500

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