2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

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Safety

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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 Atlas 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 Volkswagen Atlas doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the QX60 and the Atlas have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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 Volkswagen Atlas:

QX60

Atlas

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

25 lbs.

51 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

33%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

46 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 Volkswagen Atlas:

QX60

Atlas

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

144

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

800 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the QX60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Atlas was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

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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 46 points higher than the Atlas.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 10 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (295 vs. 235) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 19 more horsepower (295 vs. 276) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

QX60

Atlas

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The QX60 has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Atlas (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 Atlas doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The QX60 stops much shorter than the Atlas:

QX60

Atlas

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the QX60 has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Atlas uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The QX60 has .7 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Atlas.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

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The QX60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Atlas’ (5000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 47% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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The QX60 Luxe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Atlas doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Atlas can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the QX60 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Atlas only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The QX60’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Atlas’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The QX60 Luxe offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Atlas offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The QX60 has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

Economic Advantages

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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 45.81% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the Atlas only retains 39.77% to 41.75%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX60 is less expensive to operate than the Atlas because typical repairs cost much less on the QX60 than the Atlas, including $514 less for a water pump, $216 less for a muffler, $61 less for front brake pads, $248 less for a starter, $111 less for fuel injection, $130 less for front struts and $331 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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