2019 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2019 Infiniti QX60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT5 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The QX60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the XT5 and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac XT5 is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

 

XT5

QX60

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

239

337

Neck Injury Risk

26%

42%

Neck Stress

198 lbs.

464 lbs.

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

25 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

122/416 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac XT5 is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

 

XT5

QX60

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

112

114

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

184 lbs.

457 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

42 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Cadillac pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the XT5. Cadillac will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.

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 XT5’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XT5 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT5 optional). The QX60’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Engine

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (310 vs. 295) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The QX60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (21.7 vs. 19.5 gallons).

The XT5 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 QX60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Cadillac XT5 higher (6 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX60 (5). This means the XT5 produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX60 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XT5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

 

XT5

QX60

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.13 inches

The XT5 stops shorter than the QX60:

 

XT5

QX60

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Infiniti QX60 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The XT5 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 QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XT5 AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the XT5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XT5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Cadillac XT5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The XT5 is 11.1 inches shorter than the QX60, making the XT5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The XT5’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The QX60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display that 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 QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the XT5 and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XT5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT5 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard Cadillac User Experience for the XT5 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 QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The XT5’s optional 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 QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XT5 is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost much less on the XT5 than the QX60, including $78 less for a starter, $113 less for a fuel pump, $182 less for front struts, $14 less for a timing belt/chain and $518 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Cadillac XT5 outsold the Infiniti QX60 by 28% during 2018.

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