Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet TAHOE VS 2017 Infiniti QX80 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2017 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

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Both the Tahoe and QX80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tahoe LT’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX80 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Chevrolet Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX80.

There are almost 27 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The QX80 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The QX80 was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Tahoe

QX80

 

2WD

5.3 V8/6-spd. Auto

16 city/23 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

4WD

5.3 V8/6-spd. Auto

16 city/22 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 Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The QX80 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Tahoe stops shorter than the QX80:

 

Tahoe

QX80

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Tahoe offers an available 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 Tahoe is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the QX80.

The Tahoe Premier 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

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

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Tahoe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Infiniti QX80.

The Tahoe is 4.9 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Tahoe 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the QX80 can only carry up to 8.

The Tahoe has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 5.7 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 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

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

 

Tahoe

QX80

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

The Tahoe’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 Tahoe’s available 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

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The Tahoe Premier 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 Tahoe and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tahoe 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 Chevrolet MyLink for the Tahoe 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the QX80 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the QX80, including $205 less for a starter, $8 less for fuel injection, $290 less for front struts, $561 less for a timing belt/chain and $1009 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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IntelliChoice recognized the Chevrolet Tahoe as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

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

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Infiniti QX80 by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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