Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Chevrolet TAHOE VS 2016 Infiniti QX60 Near Buford, GA

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2016 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2016 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2016 Infiniti QX60

Safety Comparison

Both the Tahoe and QX60 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The QX60’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 LT’s optional 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, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Chevrolet Tahoe weighs 610 to 1165.7 pounds more than the Infiniti QX60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

Tahoe

QX60

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

223

337

Neck Injury Risk

33%

42%

Neck Stress

372 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/244 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

97/333 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 Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Tahoe

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

114

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

214 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

557 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.

There are almost 27 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.

Reliability Comparison

The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The QX60 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tahoe has a standard 720-amp battery. The QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Tahoe’s reliability will be 21% better than the QX60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe third among large suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The QX60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 105 more horsepower (355 vs. 250) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid. The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 90 more horsepower (355 vs. 265) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 248) than the QX60 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Tahoe is faster than the QX60 3.5:

Tahoe

QX60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

88.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The QX60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

The Tahoe has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (26 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Tahoe

QX60

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.13 inches

The Tahoe stops shorter than the QX60:

Tahoe

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 (285/45R22 vs. 235/65R18).

The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’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 full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. 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 Comparison

The Tahoe 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 QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Tahoe offers an optional 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 1.8 inches longer than on the QX60 (116 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Tahoe’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.6% to 48.4%) than the QX60’s (55.2% to 44.8%). This gives the Tahoe more stable handling and braking.

The Tahoe LTZ 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the QX60 3.5 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the QX60 3.5 AWD (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Tahoe has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Tahoe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, 4 inches more front hip room, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room, 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.6 inches more third row headroom, 7.3 inches more third row hip room and 5.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Tahoe

QX60

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

40.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

76.5 cubic feet

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

Tahoe

QX60

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

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Min Width

49.3”

46”

Height

33.9”

32.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Tahoe’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.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tahoe’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX60 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 LTZ offers an optional heads-up display which 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 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 standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Tahoe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tahoe offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX60 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Tahoe allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Tahoe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tahoe will cost $1705 to $2655 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 52.87% to 54.73% of its original price after five years, while the QX60 only retains 43.54% to 44.82%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Tahoe has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Tahoe

QX60

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

1

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

no award

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe second among large suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX60 isn’t in the top three.

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over two to one during 2015.

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