2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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Safety

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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 4Runner 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The 4Runner’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the QX60 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

4Runner

QX60

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

267

337

Neck Stress

438 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

488/468 lbs.

516/475 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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

4Runner

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

114

Hip Force

233 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

101

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

557 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

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 4Runner’s reliability 16 points higher than the QX60.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The 4Runner has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (23 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

4Runner

QX60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.3 inches

12.13 inches

The 4Runner stops shorter than the QX60:

4Runner

QX60

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the QX60 (245/60R20 vs. 235/65R18). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (265/70R17 vs. 235/65R18).

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Infiniti QX60 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the QX60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The QX60 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.6% to 46.4%) than the QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the 4Runner more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the QX60’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (9.6 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The 4Runner SR5 is 10.4 inches shorter than the QX60, making the 4Runner easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more third row hip room and .6 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

4Runner

QX60

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The QX60 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 4Runner owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 4Runner will cost $720 to $1850 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the QX60 only retains 45.81% to 49.86%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $536 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the QX60, including $164 less for a muffler, $23 less for front brake pads, $40 less for fuel injection, $218 less for front struts and $999 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $10981 to $13783 less than for the Infiniti QX60.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The QX60 has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Infiniti QX60 by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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