2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the QX30 and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The XT5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT5’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the QX30’s reliability 22 points higher than the XT5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 66 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 22 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Cadillac XT5:

 

QX30

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

 

 

QX30

XT5

2WD

Auto

24 city/33 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

Auto

21 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

Transmission

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XT5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the XT5:

 

QX30

XT5

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XT5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the XT5 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XT5 AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the XT5’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.3 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The QX30 is 1 foot, 3.3 inches shorter than the XT5, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 8 inches shorter in height than the XT5, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the XT5 AWD (41 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space

The QX30 has .1 inches more front legroom and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 5% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the XT5, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The XT5’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard 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

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the XT5 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 42.64% to 43.55%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $531 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the XT5, including $248 less for a muffler, $34 less for front brake pads, $53 less for fuel injection and $245 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $10033 to $22624 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

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