2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2019 Lexus RX Series

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 RX Series 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 Lexus RX Series has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the QX60 and the RX Series 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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 Lexus RX Series:

QX60

RX Series

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

42%

42%

Neck Stress

464 lbs.

546 lbs.

Neck Compression

25 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

516/475 lbs.

499/536 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

33%

53%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

290 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

90 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 Infiniti QX60 is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

QX60

RX Series

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

165

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

594 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

685 lbs.

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

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 RX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RX Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Infiniti QX60 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The QX60 has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60 stops much shorter than the RX Series:

QX60

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX60’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the RX Series (114.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the QX60 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the RX Series.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the RX Series can only carry 5.

The QX60 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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

QX60

RX Series

Third Seat Folded

40.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

18.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.2 cubic feet

56.3 cubic feet

Towing

The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (5000 vs. 0 pounds).

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the QX60 than the RX Series, including $895 less for a water pump, $54 less for front brake pads, $253 less for a starter, $948 less for a timing belt/chain and $807 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX60 and the Lexus RX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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