Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2015 Infiniti QX60 Near Gray, GA

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2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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2015 Infiniti QX60

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Pathfinder and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (260 vs. 250) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Pathfinder is faster than the QX60 3.5 V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

88.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the QX60:



70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (157.8 vs. 149.8).

The Pathfinder has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more third row headroom than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded


40.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet


Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

76.5 cubic feet

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Pathfinder owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pathfinder will cost $10 to $1765 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

The Pathfinder will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Pathfinder will retain 45.28% to 49.01% of its original price after five years, while the QX60 only retains 43.54% to 44.82%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the QX60, including $79 less for front brake pads, $7 less for a starter, $367 less for front struts, $249 less for a timing belt/chain and $1104 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Pathfinder will be $1822 to $11517 less than for the Infiniti QX60.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Infiniti QX60 only won one award.

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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