2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2020 Infiniti QX80

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Safety

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The Yukon 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 QX80 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Yukon AT4/Denali 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX80 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Yukon and the QX80 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.

Warranty

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There are over 8 times as many GMC dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Yukon has a standard 220-amp alternator (250-amp - Yukon Diesel). The QX80’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Yukon has a standard 800-amp battery (900 Diesel). The QX80’s 780-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 GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

Engine

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The Yukon Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 413) than the QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Yukon’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 413) than the QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Yukon gets better fuel mileage than the QX80:

MPG

Yukon

RWD

5.3 OHV V8

16 city/20 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/20 hwy

AWD

5.3 OHV V8

16 city/20 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/19 hwy

QX80

RWD

5.6 DOHC V8

14 city/20 hwy

AWD

5.6 DOHC V8

13 city/19 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon V8’s fuel efficiency. The QX80 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Yukon’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 QX80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX80.

Tires and Wheels

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The Yukon 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 QX80 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Yukon offers an available 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 QX80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Yukon uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX80 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Yukon offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the QX80 can only carry up to 8.

The Yukon has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX80 (168.3 vs. 152.5).

The Yukon has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more third row headroom and 6.1 inches more third row legroom than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity

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The Yukon’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.

Yukon

QX80

Behind Third Seat

25.5 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

72.6 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

122.9 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Yukon’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX80 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Yukon 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 Yukon can be unhitched and driven around locally. The QX80 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Yukon (except SLE/SLT) 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 QX80 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Yukon’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX80’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Yukon and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Yukon is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX80 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Yukon SLT/AT4/Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The QX80 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Infiniti QX80 by almost four to one during 2019.

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