2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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Safety

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The Atlas has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX60 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

Both the Atlas and the QX60 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 Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Atlas

QX60

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

232

337

Neck Injury Risk

34%

42%

Neck Stress

441 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

33/218 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

138

248

Neck Injury Risk

33%

33%

Leg Forces (l/r)

156/231 lbs.

479/476 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 Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Atlas

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

57

114

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

48 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

345 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

527 lbs.

557 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

279

338

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

Warranty

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Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.

There are over 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Atlas’ warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas’ engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the QX60’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Atlas has a standard 680-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas’ 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Atlas’ brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

Atlas

QX60

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12.13 inches

The Atlas stops shorter than the QX60:

Atlas

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas has larger standard tires than the QX60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Atlas SEL Premium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Atlas’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Atlas SEL Premium’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas SEL Premium offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX60’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Atlas’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The QX60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas’ wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the QX60 (117.3 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Atlas’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Atlas more stable handling and braking.

The Atlas SEL Premium 4Motion handles at .84 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Atlas SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Atlas’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the QX60’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Atlas has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Atlas to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (153.7 vs. 149).

The Atlas has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.8 inches more third row headroom, 2.9 inches more third row legroom and 3.1 inches more third row hip room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas’ cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Atlas

QX60

Behind Third Seat

20.6 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.5 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

96.8 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

The Atlas’ cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

Atlas

QX60

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

23.8”/53”/85”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

61.6”

50”

Min Width

45”

46”

Height

37.5”

32.2”

Ergonomics

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The Atlas’ 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 Atlas and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Atlas 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 Atlas’ 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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX60 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Atlas SEL/SEL Premium/R-Line also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volkswagen Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium/R-Line has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Atlas SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Atlas owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Atlas with a number “5” insurance rate while the QX60 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Atlas is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Atlas than the QX60, including $17 less for a fuel pump and $165 less for a power steering pump.

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Infiniti QX60 by 89% during 2019.

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