2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2020 Cadillac XT5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX60 and the XT5 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 Cadillac XT5:

QX60

XT5

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

318

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

51.8%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

251 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

44 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 Cadillac XT5:

QX60

XT5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

151 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

183

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

825 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

338

399

Hip Force

661 lbs.

799 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 XT5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT5’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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 52 points higher than the XT5.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 22 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 58 more horsepower (295 vs. 237) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 XT5 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60 stops much shorter than the XT5:

QX60

XT5

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX60’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the XT5 (114.2 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

The QX60’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.3% to 43.7%) than the XT5’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the QX60 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has standard seating for 7 passengers; the XT5 can only carry 5.

The QX60 has 44.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XT5 (149 vs. 104.5).

The QX60 has 1 inch more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 4.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Cargo Capacity

The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT5.

QX60

XT5

Third Seat Folded

40.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

30.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.2 cubic feet

63 cubic feet

Towing

The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (5000 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

The QX60’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the QX60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT5 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX60’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The QX60 Luxe offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX60 will cost $160 less than the XT5 over a five-year period.

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 XT5 only retains 42.64% to 43.55%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $164 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX60 than the XT5, including $271 less for a water pump, $240 less for a muffler, $34 less for front brake pads and $19 less for fuel injection.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX60 will be $1067 to $19109 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX60, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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