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

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2017 Infiniti QX80

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2017 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

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 Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the QX80 and the Escalade 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

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 Escalade’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX80’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escalade’s (7 vs. 6 years).

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 engine in the Escalade.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the QX80 has a standard 780-amp battery. The Escalade’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 293% better than the Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the QX80 second among large premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Escalade isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

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




Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.2 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The QX80 stops much shorter than the Escalade:





70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

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 Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

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

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The QX80 has 31.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (152.5 vs. 120.8).

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

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

16.6 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.1 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

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

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the QX80. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Escalade’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 Escalade can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX80’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX80 is less expensive to operate than the Escalade because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX80 than the Escalade, including $251 less for a water pump, $747 less for an alternator, $110 less for front brake pads, $401 less for a fuel pump and $386 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX80, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac Escalade isn't recommended.

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