Greene Ford Compares 2015 Ford Explorer VS 2015 Infiniti QX70 Near Cleveland, GA

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2015 Ford Explorer

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2015 Infiniti QX70

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The QX70 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX70 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The QX70 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX70 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Explorer’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX70 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Explorer’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX70 has a metal gas tank.

The Explorer offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The QX70 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Explorer and the QX70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 25 times as many Ford dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Explorer has a standard 175-amp alternator (200-amp - Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport). The QX70’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer Sport’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (365 vs. 325) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 267) than the QX70’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer 4 cyl. FWD gets better fuel mileage than the QX70 RWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer 4WD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the QX70 AWD (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Explorer uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The QX70 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The QX70 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX70:

Explorer

QX70

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.1 inches

The Explorer stops shorter than the QX70:

Explorer

QX70

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the QX70.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX70 (7.5 vs. 7.36 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the QX70 can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 49.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX70 (151.7 vs. 102.5).

The Explorer has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 4 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX70.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX70.

Explorer

QX70

Third Seat Folded

43.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

80.7 cubic feet

62 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Explorer Limited/Sport’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The QX70 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX70 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Explorer and the QX70 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Explorer is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX70 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport’s exterior keypad. The QX70 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Explorer Limited detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The QX70 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Explorer’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The QX70’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Explorer and the QX70 offer available heated front seats. The Explorer Limited also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX70.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Explorer Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX70 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Explorer allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX70 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The QX70 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Explorer Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The QX70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Explorer will cost $690 to $1675 less than the QX70 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the QX70 because typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the QX70, including $28 less for front brake pads, $70 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $312 less for front struts, $236 less for a timing belt/chain and $2869 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Explorer will be $4673 to $11173 less than for the Infiniti QX70.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Explorer as the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. The QX70 has never been chosen.

The Ford Explorer outsold the Infiniti QX70 by almost thirty-six to one during the 2014 model year.

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