2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2019 Dodge Durango

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The QX60 Luxe’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Durango doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX60 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Intelligent Brake Assist optional in the QX60 as “Superior.” The Durango scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX60 Luxe offers an optional Backup Collision Intervention that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Durango doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX60 Luxe offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the QX60 and the Durango 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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

QX60

Durango

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

25 lbs.

26 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

248

344

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

123 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Durango:

QX60

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

1.53/.59

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

1.9/1.4 kN

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 Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Dodge Durango:

QX60

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

661 lbs.

666 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the QX60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Durango was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The QX60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Durango’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX60 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Durango. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Durango ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Durango’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the QX60 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 QX60’s reliability 31 points higher than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 15 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 2 more horsepower (295 vs. 293) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX60 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango:

MPG

QX60

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Durango

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Infiniti QX60 higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Durango (3 to 5). This means the QX60 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Durango every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Infiniti QX60 as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Dodge Durango is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

The QX60 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Durango doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The QX60 stops much shorter than the Durango:

QX60

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The QX60 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the QX60 flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the QX60 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The QX60 AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the QX60’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 850 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The design of the Infiniti QX60 amounts to more than styling. The QX60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Durango (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the QX60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (149 vs. 140.3).

The QX60 has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room, 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room and 6.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX60’s middle and third row seats recline. The Durango’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the QX60 is 2.3 inches lower than the Durango (18.2” vs. 20.5”). The QX60’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the Durango’s (18.7” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX60 easier. The QX60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.6 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

The QX60 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Durango doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the QX60 Luxe’s available liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 74% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

The QX60’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX60 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX60 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Durango is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The QX60 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX60 will retain 54.7% to 54.76% of its original price after five years, while the Durango only retains 44.54% to 51.14%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the Durango because typical repairs cost less on the QX60 than the Durango, including $54 less for a water pump, $53 less for front brake pads, $42 less for a fuel pump and $76 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Durango isn't recommended.

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