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2018 INFINITI QX60 VS. 2018 BUICK ENCLAVE | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown


Luxury crossovers can be purchased in numerous varieties, but the best option for those that want three-row seating are the 2018 INFINITI QX60 or the 2018 Buick Enclave. Both vehicles offer lots of space, numerous amenities and will spoil anyone who is fortunate enough to drive or be driven in them, but which one is superior? Below is an in-depth analysis of how these two vehicles stack up.

Design & Style

Crossover SUVs with three-row seating is the modern standard, and have largely phased out station wagons and minivans. When it comes to design and style, both the QX60 and Buick Enclave are a draw. Each provides seating for a maximum of seven people, and the seats in the second row of both will tilt or slide forward so the third row can be accessed, even when the child seat has been installed. On the outside, both SUVs are streamlined, and the interior comes in leather which is soft and smooth.

Technology & Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has given the INFINITI QX60 a 5-star rating in regards to its safety features, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), also gave it outstanding marks on tests for crashworthiness that it was subjected to. However, the front side passenger area hasn’t been fully tested yet and the headlights of the QX60 actually received poor marks. In the crash test for the front area, however, the INFINITI received a superior rating. The Buick Enclave, by comparison, hasn’t been fully tested at all by either the IIHS or the NHTSA, so, for now, the QX60 wins simply due to the fact that it has been tested and passed the industry standards.


This is where the Buick Enclave surpasses the INFINITI QX60. For instance, the Buick comes equipped with a V6 3.6 liter 310 horsepower engine that utilizes an automatic transmission. As such, this redesign resulted in superb acceleration and if you end up going off road it has an AWD system that will transfer much of the power to the wheels to ensure you never get stuck. By comparison, the INFINITI QX60 only has a V6 3.5 liter 295 horsepower engine. While there isn’t a large difference between the two, for those who crave performance it matters.

The Bottom Line

Although the Buick Enclave has better performance overall than the INFINITI, the QX60 is superior when it comes to fuel economy. It has an EPA rating of 20/27 for city and highway mpg and the front wheel drive is 19/26 for cities and highways. This is higher mpg than you’ll get with the Buick. In other words, by choosing the INFINITI, you’ll be able to drive further before having to refill. When you combine this with the INFINITI’s superior safety rating and its good lucks, this is the crossover we recommend.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX60 Test Drive Today?

To find out first-hand what the INFINITI QX60 can do, and why it is so highly regarded, visit our dealership in St James, New York. We can schedule an appointment where you can get behind this beauty and see what it has to offer on the roads.

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