Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Infiniti QX80 VS 2015 Toyota Sequoia Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Infiniti QX80

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2015 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

The QX80’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Sequoia 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The QX80 offers optional Intelligent Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sequoia doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the QX80. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

The QX80’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

The QX80 has standard Infiniti Connection, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the QX80 and the Sequoia 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Sequoia’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 and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Sequoia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Sequoia ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX80’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sequoia’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the QX80 has a standard 780-amp battery. The Sequoia’s 710-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the QX80 first among large premium suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 19 more horsepower (400 vs. 381) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 401) than the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Infiniti QX80 is faster than the Toyota Sequoia:

QX80

Sequoia

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.8 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the QX80 gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:

QX80

Sequoia

2WD

5.6 V8/7-spd Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

5.6 V8/7-spd Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The QX80 stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

QX80

Sequoia

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

155 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The QX80’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sequoia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX80 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Sequoia SR5. The QX80’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Sequoia.

The Infiniti QX80’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Sequoia only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The rear suspension of the QX80 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Sequoia, 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. Toyota doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Sequoia.

The QX80 AWD handles at .74 G’s, while the Sequoia Limited 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX80 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The QX80 has 5.1 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the QX80’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sequoia doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the QX80 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The QX80’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sequoia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Infiniti Intelligent Key standard on the QX80 allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The QX80’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the QX80’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sequoia’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold Winter days, the QX80’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX80 is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the QX80 than the Sequoia, including $198 less for a water pump, $35 less for an alternator, $420 less for a starter, $23 less for fuel injection, $148 less for a fuel pump and $496 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the QX80 second among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Infiniti QX80 outsold the Toyota Sequoia by 5% during the 2014 model year.

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