Full-size luxury SUVs remain an excellent choice for the drivers who need a lot of passenger room and enhanced towing capabilities. The refreshed 2018 INFINITI QX80 ranks among the class leaders in several important categories. Not only has the QX80’s styling been updated this year, but it also offers some innovative technology. Improved ride comfort makes the new QX80 even more impressive. Let’s see how the 2018 INFINITI QX80 stacks up against the 2018 Cadillac Escalade.
Like the 2018 INFINITI QX80, the 2018 Cadillac Escalade comes equipped with a powerful V8 engine. They can easily tow more than 8,000 pounds. Although both SUVs deliver strong acceleration, you’ll enjoy a more fulfilling driving experience in the new QX80. Edmunds gives the QX80 nearly a five-star rating for its balanced handling. While the QX80’s’s standard suspension delivers great comfort on the road, an optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension further enhances its precise driving dynamics. Don’t expect the Escalade to inspire nearly as much confidence. Upon taking a corner in the Escalade, drivers will immediately notice the SUV’s truck-like handling.
Both SUVs can accommodate up to eight people. However, your family and friends will be able to stretch out more in the QX80. While the QX80 has a total passenger volume of 152.5 cubic feet, the Escalade provides 120.8 cubic feet of passenger space. There’s noticeably more legroom in the QX80’s second and third rows. When taking a long road trip, everyone will appreciate the extra room. You can also make use of the QX80’s larger cargo area. It provides an additional 1.4 cubic feet of storage space in the back.
These luxurious SUV come loaded with a lot of premium features. Some of the shared standard features include a 360-degree parking camera, a powerful Bose sound system, and an 8.0-inch touch screen. Despite the Cadillac Escalade’s rewarding list of equipment, it fails to offer certain safety technologies. Only the 2018 INFINITI QX80 can be equipped with Distant Control Assist. This advanced driving aid helps keep you at a safe following distance at all times. Blind Spot Intervention is also available only on the QX80. When an oncoming vehicle is detected in the next lane, the system will actively help steer you back into your lane. With the ability to detect a potential crash two vehicles ahead, INFINITI’s Predictive Forward Collision Warning system is more advanced than Cadillac’s collision detection system.
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer. All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.