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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 XT6 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.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The QX60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the XT6 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.
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 XT6’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XT6 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT6 optional). The QX60’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
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.
The XT6’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.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’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 XT6’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 XT6 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (22 vs. 19.5 gallons).
The XT6 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.
For better traction, the XT6Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).
The XT6’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 XT6Sport’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 XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX60. The XT6Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the QX60 Luxe.
The Cadillac XT6’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 XT6 offers an optional 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.
For greater off-road capability the XT6 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (6.65 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the XT6 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XT6 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.
The XT6 has .9 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more third row headroom than the QX60.
The XT6’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.
Third Seat Folded
43.1 cubic feet
40.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
78.7 cubic feet
76.2 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT6’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.
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.
The XT6 offers an optional 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 XT6 and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XT6 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 XT6’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 XT6 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The XT6 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 costs extra on the QX60.
The XT6’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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