2020 Infiniti QX80 vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX80 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 Cadillac Escalade ESV doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The QX80 has standard Active Head Restraints (AHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the AHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the QX80 and the Escalade ESV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, around view monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The QX80 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Escalade ESV’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX80’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escalade ESV’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the QX80 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade ESV.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 17 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the QX80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade ESV:

QX80

Escalade ESV

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The rear suspension of the QX80 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade ESV, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The QX80 offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Cadillac doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Escalade ESV.

For better maneuverability, the QX80’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Escalade ESV’s (41.3 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

Chassis

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The QX80 is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the Escalade ESV, making the QX80 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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The QX80’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escalade ESV’s (8500 vs. 7900 pounds).

While the Escalade ESV 4WD Diesel can only tow 7700, any QX80 can tow a minimum of 8500 pounds.

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