2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX60 and the XT6 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

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 XT6 has not been tested, yet.

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 XT6’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XT6’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX60 gets better fuel mileage than the XT6:

QX60

XT6

2WD

Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

4WD

Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

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 XT6 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX60’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the XT6 (114.2 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

Passenger Space

The QX60 has .9 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 6.7 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room, 3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row legroom, 2.5 inches more third row hip room and 3.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

QX60

XT6

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Towing

The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’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 XT6’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 XT6 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

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