Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Infiniti QX80 VS 2015 GMC Yukon Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Infiniti QX80

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2015 GMC Yukon

Safety Comparison

The QX80’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Yukon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The QX80 has standard Active Head Restraints (AHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the AHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Yukon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX80 offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Yukon doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX80 has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Yukon 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.

Both the QX80 and the Yukon 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

The QX80 comes with a full 4 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Yukon’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX80 1 year longer than GMC covers the Yukon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Yukon ends after only 5 years.

The QX80’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Yukon’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the QX80 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Yukon.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the QX80 has a standard 780-amp battery. The Yukon’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the QX80’s reliability will be 23% better than the Yukon.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the QX80 first among large premium SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Yukon was rated second in its category.

Engine Comparison

The QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 45 more horsepower (400 vs. 355) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 383) than the Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX80 is faster than the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8:

QX80

Yukon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

90 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the QX80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Yukon:

QX80

Yukon

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The QX80 stops shorter than the Yukon:

QX80

Yukon

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the QX80 has larger tires than the Yukon (275/60R20 vs. 265/65R18).

The QX80’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yukon SLE/SLT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX80 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Yukon SLE/SLT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti QX80 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 GMC Yukon has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The QX80 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the QX80 flat and controlled during cornering. The Yukon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The rear suspension of the QX80 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Yukon, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The QX80 offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. GMC doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Yukon.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX80’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Yukon (121.1 inches vs. 116 inches).

For greater off-road capability the QX80 has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Yukon (9.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the QX80 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The QX80 has 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 4 inches more third row legroom than the Yukon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX80’s middle and third row seats recline. The Yukon’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The QX80’s cargo area provides more volume than the Yukon.

QX80

Yukon

Behind Third Seat

16.6 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.1 cubic feet

94.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX80 easier. The QX80’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 34 inches, while the Yukon’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

The QX80 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Yukon doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The QX80’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 Yukon’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the QX80 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 Yukon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX80 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Yukon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The QX80 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Yukon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the QX80 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Yukon doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX80 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Yukon doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX80 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Yukon SLT/Denali.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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