2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Acadia doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the QX60 and the Acadia 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, 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.

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 GMC Acadia:

QX60

Acadia

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

37%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

152 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

186 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 GMC Acadia:

QX60

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

155 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

263

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

661 lbs.

673 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 Acadia’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 GMC covers the Acadia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Acadia ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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 34 points higher than the Acadia.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 19 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 102 more horsepower (295 vs. 193) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 65 more horsepower (295 vs. 230) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX60 stops much shorter than the Acadia:

QX60

Acadia

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the QX60 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

Passenger Space

The QX60 has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (149 vs. 143.8).

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

Cargo Capacity

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

QX60

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

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 Acadia’s liftover is 32 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 Acadia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX60. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than GMC. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 38% lower rating, GMC is ranked 14th.

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 Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

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 Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX60 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The QX60 Luxe’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Acadia 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 Acadia only retains 42.28% to 47.72%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $118 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX60 than the Acadia, including $219 less for a water pump, $107 less for front brake pads, $32 less for a fuel pump and $94 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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