Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Infiniti QX60 VS 2015 Cadillac Escalade Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Infiniti QX60

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2015 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

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The QX60 offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escalade only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the QX60 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the QX60 and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The QX60 comes with a full 4 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Escalade’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escalade’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the QX60 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the QX60 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

QX60

Escalade

2WD

Auto

26 city/28 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

AWD

Auto

25 city/28 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the QX60 gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

QX60

Escalade

2WD

Auto

21 city/27 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

4WD

Auto

19 city/26 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the QX60 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escalade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX60 Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The QX60 stops much shorter than the Escalade:

QX60

Escalade

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti QX60 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The QX60 3.5 AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Escalade 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Infiniti QX60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1200 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The QX60 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the QX60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the QX60’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Escalade doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The QX60 has 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 6 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX60’s middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the Escalade.

QX60

Escalade

Behind Third Seat

15.8 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX60 easier. The QX60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.6 inches, while the Escalade’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

The QX60 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Escalade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX60. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The QX60’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the QX60 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Escalade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the QX60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX60 will cost $580 to $880 less than the Escalade over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX60 will be $17141 to $17705 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Infiniti QX60 outsold the Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by 670 units during 2014.

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