Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2015 Infiniti QX80 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2015 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

Both the Escalade and QX80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX80’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Escalade has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The QX80 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Cadillac Escalade has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The QX80 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Escalade and the QX80 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, around view monitors, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade for 4-years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX80.

There are almost 10 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Escalade has a standard 170-amp alternator. The QX80’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 413) than the QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade is faster than the Infiniti QX80:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.8 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.6 sec

17.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

93.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




6.2 V8/Auto

15 city/22 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto


6.2 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade’s fuel efficiency. The QX80 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The QX80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escalade stops shorter than the QX80:



60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escalade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX80 (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Escalade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX80’s standard 60 series tires. The Escalade’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the QX80’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the QX80.

The Escalade 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escalade’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the QX80’s (39 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Escalade is 5 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Escalade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX80 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The QX80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escalade has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 5.7 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, .9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, .5 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

The Escalade’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX80’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escalade’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX80 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX80 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Escalade and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escalade is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX80 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Standard CUE for the Escalade allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX80 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

Intellichoice recognized the Cadillac Escalade as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year. The Infiniti QX80 didn't win any recognition from Intellichoice.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its July 2015 issue and they ranked the Cadillac Escalade 4x4 first. They ranked the Infiniti QX80 AWD sixth.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Cadillac Escalade is ranked first in the Luxury Utility category. The Infiniti QX80 is ranked below average. The Escalade received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Infiniti QX80 by over two to one during 2014.

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