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2018 INFINITI QX80 VS. 2018 CADILLAC XT5 | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown


Both the 2018 INFINITI QX80 and 2018 Cadillac XT5 are the gold standard when it comes to luxury SUVs. The QX80 has a commanding visage, with an engine that is burly. The Cadillac XT5 is opulent with a dynamic engine which will invigorate anyone who gets behind the wheel. Is that being said, which of the two is better?

Design & Style

The Cadillac XT5 has a crisp appearance, but its interior is definitely better than its exterior. It has a beefy side profile, which is unusual for Cadillac, which usually opts for more restraint. The headlights are aggressive and swept backward, with LEDs that extend into the bumper. The grille, however, is a little bland. The 2018 QX80 is still looking rather imposing like previous editions but the headlights have been elevated, with openings that are slimmer and a chrome grille which has been toned. LEDs have been added to the taillights with chrome strips which have been widened. Looks wise, we have to give the win to the QX80.

Technology & Safety

The INFINITI QX80 is well equipped, with semi-aniline (Saddle Brown) leather, a theater system, entertainment screens for the rear seats, and a digitized rear mirror with a camera embedded in the glass, and Bose speakers and USB ports. The Cadillac has multiple infotainment screens of its own, along with keyless ignition, a charging pad that is wireless, power liftgate, Bose audio and power seats in the front. Both vehicles are outstanding in terms of safety, so are evenly matched in this area.


The Cadillac XT5 has a V6 engine that is 3.6 liter and can produce 310 horsepower with 271 pounds worth of torque. Its robust power is combined with a bit of torque steer, which means that it sometimes pulls to the side when performing a sudden and aggressive acceleration, which is undesirable. However, its V6 engine is well adapted to its automatic eight-speed transmission.

The INFINITI QX80, however, has a much more impressive V8 engine which is 5.6 liter and capable of producing 400 horsepower with 413 pounds worth of torque, which means that it completely surpasses the Cadillac when it comes to raw power and acceleration. It uses an automatic seven-speed transmission which is both unobtrusive and sleek, without needing to rely on paddle shifters. This means it can carry seven passengers with ease.

The Bottom Line

Each of these vehicles isn’t too far away from one another when it comes to design and interior features, space and infotainment. However, the Cadillac XT5 lags behind in one key area, which is performance. While SUVs usually aren’t purchased purely for handling or acceleration, given the high cost of both, the INFINITI QX80 offers more for a smart car buyer.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX80 Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 INFINITI QX80 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York, and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI QX80 test drive appointment.

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