2013 Cadillac Escalade vs. Infiniti QX56 – AutoComparison.com

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2013 Cadillac Escalade vs. QX56

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Now of these ultra-luxurious and extra, large full size may seem like the pinnacle of incorrect conspicuous consumption but in is there more to these two V8 behemoths than just interiors and a propensity for single fuel economy averages? As we to find out after spending a in a 2013 Cadillac Escalade Edition (truly, the Cadillac of and a fully loaded 2013 QX56 which is that brands largest SUV making the new JX seem tinier than Simmons looks on the first day at fat camp.

But at least in the wild jungle of Southern California, we when driving these two imposingly blinged out and expensive SUVs that it was very to merge onto the freeway and intimidate other drivers. The . in particular, shocked us not only we found ourselves really ourselves buying one but also so many passer-by stopped to us how wonderful they thought our bad-… looking black on tester was simply terrific.

this all happened in Southern where half the people Escalades and the other half a Toyota Prius. What’s all the Escalade love, we wondered? And why the Infiniti get noticed like the . We know our QX56 was white but shouldn’t have made notice it about as readily as in Hollywood are to give Lindsay another chance to play Taylor in a movie. Still Ms.

was terrific in “Mean Girls” so any great Hollywood style do not count out the 2013 Infiniti in this comparison test.


This one is a pretty win for our black on black Platinum Escalade . Although Escalades are a sight on roads in and around County, California where road test took we were continuously stopped by complementing us on our large and in-charge out SUV. It also just so to be the vehicle that had more of our wanting rides in than any vehicle we road tested all That all comes down to its road presence.

The 2013 Infiniti QX56 is an if a little hefty and chunky full size SUV. It a bit like it has been eating a diet of Double Stuff as the sides are more bulbous and than the slab sided We also found the front end and grille to be awkward looking the front of the Escalade just bad-…. The Infiniti’s white color didn’t help (Winner: 2013 Cadillac Platinum Edition)

Interior Design and Layout

We took of these ultra-full size on extended road trips so we well acquainted with the nature of both of their The Escalade had a black interior with incredibly classy and quality chrome trim out with some of the richest Olive Ash and Burled Walnut that we have ever in any luxury car. It truly in addition to the ultra-soft analine seats that come with the top of the line Platinum .

As one would expect with of this size, both the and Cadillac had no problem handling 7 size adults in stretch out and comfort. Even third row are treated to plenty of rear which is not something you can say of many row SUVs. So if you do have a very, large family that lots of luxuries in their then both of these could easily fit the bill.

One of advice about the interior of our which was a light cream is that we think it could easily be difficult to maintain its look especially if you have children. And no matter how much you have, all kids make

As far as cargo hauling is concerned, the drawback to the Escalade is the fact the third row of seats do not fold into the floor as they do in the They actually have to be and put somewhere in order to get a fully cargo floor in the back of the . But then again, our Infiniti with second row captain’s that also didn’t completely flat.

With the second and third row folded the Infiniti can hold cubic feet of cargo whereas the regular Escalade matches that. But keep in you can get a longer ESV version of the Escalade maxes out with 143 cubic of cargo holding ability.

Our features in the 2013 Infiniti were the second row captain’s that were not only comfortable but were also via a front dashboard mounted so entry into the third row be granted from the driver’s So no need to get out in the rain. The quality of the matched that of the Cadillac but the trim had a fake and glossy that cheapened it in our eyes to the Escalade Platinum. In short, the had a lovely luxury feel to the but it lacked the overall sense of offered by the Cadillac. (Winner: Cadillac Platinum Edition)

Features, Pricing and Value

when you are talking about big that sticker for around (our loaded QX56 ) to a over $80,000 (for our Platinum Edition ), for most of us the “value” flies right the window. These are not vehicles to help the family economize as are both symbols of the most decadent style of conspicuous Sure, they are both useful but they just more tricks and looker that much cooler they need to.

Kind of a Hollywood celebrity.

The base for the QX56 is $61,800 (ironically to a non- Platinum Edition ) but our came with four option packs starting 22-inch chrome wheels = bad!) for $2,300, a $2,900 seat DVD entertainment system two screens to help entertain the a $4,100 Deluxe Touring (and it made touring more “deluxe” indeed) added upgraded semi-aniline heated and cooled front headlamp washers, an advanced Control System that to keep out pollution and allergens as as a hydraulic body motion system which worked so we never knew it was there. And we felt like we were on a whale’s back so we assume it

The final package is full of and tech features with long names we had to start a new paragraph just to squeeze it all in. The Technology Package comes a number of handy safety that we explain in greater in the “safety” sub-section but as with any SUV size be glad it has Blind Warning Assist and Prevention steers you away from an with another vehicle, cruise control, a lane and rear ending prevention as well as a crash preparation system that helps you are hurt as little as possible if you get around all of the electronic safety and hit something. If that happens a you might want to consider a SUV.

You may not be aware of this but does pay for all of your maintenance on a Cadillac Escalade for the first 4 miles you own it. Infiniti does not yet such a program. As we mentioned the interior of the Cadillac Escalade Edition has enough of a sense of that we think it warrants the cost if only from a quality perspective and the number of the top luxuries.

First off, all Edition Escalades came heated and cooled front that really work on Big Gulps filled with ice and Coke from 7-11. In the front grille and fascia are imposing, soft leather to cover every inch of the not covered in wood or chrome and as the this Escalade comes a three screen rear DVD entertainment system that can 3 different movies at once. if your kids hate other than this be your perfect family SUV .

Fuel Economy and Safety

we could quote you the EPA fuel estimates for these ultra-powerful SUVs but instead we will the fuel economy we got as tested our testing. Our 2013 Infiniti took a long road up to Santa Barbara for the launch of the Honda Accord and returned 13 per gallon on the highway during its run. On city streets it 8 miles per gallon which is way off the 14 city/20 highway quoted by the

Our 2013 Cadillac Escalade Edition was a hybrid model but in all that system merely like it added a mid-range to the gas engine. This model 20 city/23 highway but still a bit short at 16.8 miles per overall during a week of We must admit, though, we did become addicted to using the pack as a turbocharger and didn’t attempt to hypermile in it.

Infiniti QX56

Oddly considering how long it has been on there was no record with the NHTSA or the IIHS of ever performed crash tests for the QX56 . We don’t know why is but it doesn’t put our minds at ease Perhaps this year will get one of their admittedly advanced full size For example, when driving the QX on the you can just press the Distance Assist button and the car will itself down and accelerate on the distance of traffic ahead.

if you veer out of your lane, the Departure Prevention system you back into your On our return drive from Barbara it frankly felt the QX didn’t need us to do much of at all. Except pick out from the sweet sounding Bose Cabin surround system with 15 speakers.

While the Escalade did require you pay attention, its stereo was clearly as high end with crisp and tones you never heard mom’s AC/Delco GM audio in that 1984 Buick Estate Wagon whose gas also went from to empty depending on if you turned or right.

Nowadays, that GM is gone even if they do build big old honking family like the Escalade. Under most recent more scoring guidelines, the 2013 Escalade Platinum Edition has tested by the NHTSA and given an score of four stars out of Now, the reason is quite among all SUVs and that is of roof strength which is in a rollover crash. The Escalade got stars in front and side but in the roof test it managed stars. (Winner: Too Close to

Driving Experience

This wasn’t quite a fair as the QX56 came equipped a 5.6 liter 400 horsepower/413 lb. feet of V8 that made a ferociously growl when called to unleash its prodigious power. should a vehicle this be able to travel at such a velocity from a stop Probably not but we found the engine and automatic worked seamlessly all the so it is possible to drive this Infiniti SUV in a calm and sedate

Both the Cadillac and Infiniti interior noise so kids can on road trips. That is, if are not busy watching their 3 movies at once!

We were pleasantly surprised, however, by the off the grunt and mid-range freeway power that our test Escalade Hybrid offered up ever making one offensively noise. Actually, we came to the hybrid motor’s subtle to be a sign of turbo like Keep in mind that the Hybrid pumps out about 332 but we are pretty sure that the aid of the battery pack (which up no discernible space in the cargo you will never be left for power.

There is also the option the Escalade to just order it the standard burly V8 that is so and makes such muscle car no doubt its kind will be far too soon. Surprisingly, even the steering felt direct and to the road which made lot maneuvers a bit easier than in the . The Infiniti’s pale tan steering artificially tried to center far too fiercely after any slow and didn’t encourage fun when the got you up to speed. But these aren’t sports cars with size and height working so against them it’s a they stand upright at all parked.

But if you buy either one of these SUVs there is nothing we imagine your heart still desire when it to capabilities, luxury, space, safety features and that elusive “star power.” even in Los Angeles people to see if you are famous if you drive a Cadillac . (Winner: 2013 Cadillac Platinum Edition)

And the Winner is…

put it this way. Tony drove a Cadillac Escalade in the hit TV “The Sopranos” and you can’t get more intimidating or bad … that guy. Now you may think you no interest in commanding respect and wherever you go but after a week in the it was a tough crash to come into a more common with far less chrome and near the attitude. (Winner: Cadillac Escalade Platinum

( Note: All vehicles provided by for comparison test purposes. provided by Cadillac and Infiniti .)

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