2020 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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Safety

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Both the Escalade and QX60 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade 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 QX60’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.

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 Escalade 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.

The Escalade 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 QX60 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Escalade and the QX60 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The Cadillac Escalade weighs 1026 to 1467 pounds more than the Infiniti QX60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Escalade

QX60

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

334

337

Neck Injury Risk

20%

42%

Neck Stress

289 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

77/421 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 Escalade is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Escalade

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

114

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

214 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

557 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

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

Warranty

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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’s warranty.

Reliability

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Escalade has a standard 660-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade first among large premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The QX60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 17th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

Engine

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The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 125 more horsepower (420 vs. 295) and 190 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Escalade has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (26 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escalade 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Escalade

QX60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escalade has larger standard tires than the QX60 (275/55R20 vs. 235/65R18). The Escalade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (285/45R22 vs. 235/65R18).

The Escalade’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 QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Escalade’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX60. The Escalade’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the QX60 Luxe.

The Cadillac Escalade’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.

The Escalade has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The QX60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Escalade has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the QX60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Escalade has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the QX60 (116 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Escalade’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Escalade more stable handling and braking.

The Escalade 4WD handles at .77 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (27.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escalade has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Escalade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The QX60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Escalade offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Escalade has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front hip room, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room, 4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.6 inches more third row headroom, 7.3 inches more third row hip room and 5.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escalade’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Escalade

QX60

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.2 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

The Escalade’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

Escalade

QX60

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Min Width

49.3”

46”

Height

33.9”

32.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Escalade’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Escalade’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Escalade’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX60’s (8100 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Escalade is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Infiniti. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 2% lower rating, Infiniti is ranked fourth.

Ergonomics

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The Escalade’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 Escalade Luxury/Premium Luxury/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 Escalade and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escalade 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.

The Escalade’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the QX60 Luxe.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac Escalade has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Escalade’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 QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Escalade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escalade with a number “5” insurance rate while the QX60 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost less on the Escalade than the QX60, including $176 less for a starter, $47 less for fuel injection and $79 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade third among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX60 isn’t in the top three.

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