North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Infiniti QX70 Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Infiniti QX70

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer 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 (except Base)’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 (except Base)’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.

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 has standard 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

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

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The QX70 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 267) than the QX70’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Explorer Sport/Platinum’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 4WD with its standard engine gets better highway fuel mileage than the QX70 AWD (16 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 on Explorer Sport/Platinum 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

13.85 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.1 inches

The Explorer stops shorter than the QX70:

 

Explorer

QX70

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

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.

The Explorer Sport 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the QX70 3.7 AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX70 (7.8 vs. 7.36 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Explorer has 49 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX70 (151.5 vs. 102.5).

The Explorer has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 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

43.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

62 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Explorer’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX70 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer 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/Platinum’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 (except Base/XLT/Sport) 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.

The Explorer offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX70 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Explorer and the QX70 offer available heated front seats. The Explorer 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’s optional (except Base) 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.

Standard 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 (except Base/XLT/Sport)’s optional Enhanced 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

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 $19 less for front brake pads, $20 less for a starter, $83 less for fuel injection, $609 less for a timing belt/chain and $2223 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the Infiniti QX70 by over 42 to one during the 2016 model year.

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