Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV VS 2017 Infiniti QX80 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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2017 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

Both the Escalade ESV and QX80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade ESV 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 ESV 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 ESV 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 ESV 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 ESV for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX80.

There are over 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade ESV’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Escalade ESV’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 ESV is faster than the Infiniti QX80:


Escalade ESV


Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

93.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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



Escalade ESV




6.2 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/22 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto


6.2 V8/8-spd. Auto

15 city/21 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

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

The Escalade ESV has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX80 (31 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escalade ESV 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 ESV stops much shorter than the QX80:


Escalade ESV



60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Escalade ESV’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 ESV’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the QX80’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade ESV 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade ESV’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the QX80 (130 inches vs. 121.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade ESV is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the QX80.

The Escalade ESV 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade ESV 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escalade ESV 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 ESV 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 ESV 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, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, 5.7 inches more third row legroom, .5 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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


Escalade ESV


Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escalade ESV easier. The Escalade ESV’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.6 inches, while the QX80’s liftover is 34 inches.

The Escalade ESV’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 ESV’s cargo door can be opened and closed 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 ESV offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, 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 ESV and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escalade ESV 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 ESV allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, 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.

The Escalade ESV’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The QX80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade ESV is less expensive to operate than the QX80 because typical repairs cost much less on the Escalade ESV than the QX80, including $320 less for front struts and $561 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Infiniti QX80 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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