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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The QX60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The QX60 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tahoe Z71/Premier 4WD/High Country 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Both the Tahoe and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 14 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Tahoe has a standard 220-amp alternator (250-amp - Tahoe Diesel). The QX60’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tahoe has a standard 800-amp battery (900 Diesel). The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
The Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8 produces 60 more horsepower (355 vs. 295) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Tahoe High Country’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 125 more horsepower (420 vs. 295) and 190 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
The Tahoe’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 190 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe V8’s fuel efficiency. The QX60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tahoe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the QX60 (265/65R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (275/65R20 vs. 235/65R18).
The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The QX60’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Chevrolet Tahoe’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 Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The QX60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Tahoe 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.
The Tahoe offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Tahoe Z71/High Country has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tahoe’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the QX60 (120.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.
For better maneuverability, the ’s turning circle is 38.7 feet tighter than the QX60’s ( feet vs. 38.7 feet).
The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.
The Tahoe has 19.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (168.3 vs. 149).
The Tahoe has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more third row headroom and 4.1 inches more third row legroom than the QX60.
The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.
Behind Third Seat
25.5 cubic feet
16 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
72.6 cubic feet
40.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
122.9 cubic feet
76.2 cubic feet
The Tahoe 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Tahoe can be unhitched and driven around locally. The QX60 can’t be towed flat on the ground.
The engine in the Tahoe 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.
The Tahoe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The QX60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Tahoe (except LS/LT/RST/Z71) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Tahoe’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX60’s parking brake has to released manually.
The power windows standard on both the Tahoe and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tahoe is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Tahoe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Tahoe LT/RST/Z71/Premier/High Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The QX60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over two to one during 2019.
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