2020 Hyundai Palisade 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 Palisade 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 Palisade’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Palisade 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The QX60’s 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Infiniti covers the QX60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the QX60 ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Palisade has a standard 800-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Palisade

QX60

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the QX60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Palisade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Palisade’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Palisade has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Palisade offers an optional 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

For greater off-road capability the Palisade has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Palisade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The Palisade is 4.5 inches shorter than the QX60, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Palisade has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, .6 inches more third row legroom and 1.7 inches more third row hip room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

QX60

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

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

Palisade

QX60

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

20.8”/49”/82.5”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

53.7”

50”

Min Width

43.4”

46”

Height

30.5”

32.2”

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

Ergonomics

The Palisade Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed 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.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The QX60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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