2020 Chevrolet Traverse 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 Traverse 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 Traverse 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 Traverse and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Traverse

QX60

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

216

337

Neck Injury Risk

15.6%

42%

Neck Stress

198 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

53/40 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 Chevrolet Traverse is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Traverse

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

114

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

204 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

251

338

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

554 lbs.

661 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are over 14 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Traverse 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 Traverse has a standard 600-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

Engine

The Traverse’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (310 vs. 295) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Traverse’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 Chevrolet Traverse uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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

The Traverse 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 Chevrolet Traverse higher (6 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX60 (5). This means the Traverse produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX60 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops shorter than the QX60:

Traverse

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the QX60 (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Chevrolet Traverse’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 Traverse 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.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Traverse’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the QX60 (120.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Traverse is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Traverse RS 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 Traverse RS AWD 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 Traverse has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.6 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Traverse to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Traverse 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 Traverse 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

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Traverse has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room, 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, 2.7 inches more third row legroom, 6.5 inches more third row hip room and .4 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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

Traverse

QX60

Behind Third Seat

23 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.8 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Traverse’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX60’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Traverse and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Traverse 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The QX60 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost InTouch Services™ can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Traverse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Traverse will cost $1100 to $2220 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the QX60, including $186 less for a muffler, $92 less for a starter, $197 less for front struts and $769 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over three to one during 2018.

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