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2021 Cadillac Escalade Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 12, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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The Cadillac Escalade has become a benchmark for luxury SUVs and has developed immense popularity as a Family Car. The car has been famous for some of its unique traits and traditional underpinnings, and undoubtedly, it has a huge fanbase. The 2021 car is a leap ahead and Cadillac has gone all-out to make it the best SUV you can find in this class.

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Pros

A long list of standard and optional driver-assist features

More space on offer inside the cabin than the previous-gen models

Cons

Not as off-road capable as other competitors

What's New?

The Cadillac Escalade is all-new for 2021


2021 Cadillac Escalade Latest Update

Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Cadillac Escalade Detailed Review video
2021 Cadillac Escalade Interior video
2021 Cadillac Escalade Exterior video

Styles

2021 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven color 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Satin Steel Metallic color 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Shadow Metallic color 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Infrared Tintcoat color
Black Raven

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

7.2

Exterior

7.9

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$76,195 - $79,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $76,195 MSRP (14/17/21) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive rear wheel drive 7
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $79,195 MSRP (14/17/21) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$82,995 - $85,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $82,995 MSRP (14/17/21) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive rear wheel drive 7
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $85,995 MSRP (14/17/21) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport

Sport

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$85,595 - $88,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $85,595 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD TBD TBD
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $88,595 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum

Premium Luxury Platinum

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$102,995 - $99,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $99,995 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD TBD TBD
Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $102,995 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport Platinum

Sport Platinum

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$102,995 - $99,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $99,995 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD TBD TBD
Sport Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $102,995 MSRP TBD 2 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

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This is the first time when the Escalade has entirely different interiors from its siblings, the Tahoe and the Yukon, which share the same platform. The new Escalade has a lot of design cues inspired by the Escala Concept which we saw back in 2016. The prices for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will start at $76,195 and will go all the way up to almost a 100 grand.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is expected to hit the dealerships in the latter half of 2020. It is nothing less than an American Icon, and to be honest, the car is capable enough to introduce itself, just by the name. It was years ago when GM decided to give the GMC Yukon a Cadillac-makeover, giving it the styling of a typical Cadillac, and the Escalade was born, and the revolution began!

2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear View

5.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Cadillac Escalade Features

5.0/10

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade, just like the 2020 version, can be had in 5 trims, namely - Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, and Sport Platinum. The prices for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade initiate at $76,195 for the base Luxury trim and go up to $99,995 for the range-topping Sport Platinum trim. The Escalade comes topped with loads and loads of features and technologies, and you will be exhausted while reading the list. Some of the notable features though, are mentioned here.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

Premium Luxury Platinum

Sport Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$76,195

$82,995

$85,595

$99,995

$99,995

MSRP (AWD)  $79,195 $85,995 $88,595 $102,995 $102,995

Key Features

HD Radio, Satellite Radio

Additional to the Luxury Trim

Additional Premium Luxury Trim

Additional to the Sport Trim

Additional to the Premium Luxury Platinum Trim

 

Smart Device Integration

Jet Black, Leather seating surfaces with precision perforated inserts; Whisper Beige with Jet Black accents, Leather seating surfaces with precision perforated inserts

Premium Sound System

Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents, Full leather seats with semi-aniline leather seating surfaces with Mondrian quilting

Power Passenger and Driver Power Lift Gate Seat

 

Cruise Control

Entertainment System

WIFI Hotspot; Auxiliary Audio Input; Entertainment System

Seat Memory

Night Vision

 

Heated Front Seat(s), Heated Rear Seat(s), Heated Steering Wheel

Optional Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Climate Control

 

Universal Garage Door Opener

Automatic Parking

Multi-Zone A/C

Multi-Zone A/C

Lane Departure Warning

The Luxury trim is the entry-level trim of the Escalade and is priced at around $76,000. It comes with basic functional features and some luxury features too. The trim is utilitarian, and that is pretty much of it. The Premium Luxury trim has all the features of the Luxury trim. However, this trim also underscores highlights such as an Entertainment System, perforated leather seats, and much more that enhance the appeal of this trim. The variant is priced at around $82,000. The Sport trim, which as the name suggests, has some sporty underpinnings such as luxury tires, adaptive cruise control, and sports-inspired styling.

The variant is priced at around $85,000. The Premium Luxury Platinum is the top-of-the-line trim and comes truly loaded with features such as Night Vision, Multi-zone A/C, seat memory, and whatnot. The price for the Premium Luxury trim is set at $99,995. The Sport Platinum, is the Sports trim with additional luxury features and sportier looks. The variant is priced similar to the Premium Luxury Platinum trim, at around $99,000.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Cadillac, as a brand, is quite reliable and we’ve seen this for years. The after-sales service and dealer networks are quite strong. The Escalade, over the years, has been sold in high numbers, and most owners are more than happy with their purchase. In general, the car is free of any major issues, and usually, you would be visiting the dealership only for routine services. The Escalade has made a name and reputation for itself, and a good one at that.

What are the Ownership costs, and Reliability of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

The vehicle offers a comfortable, hassle-free ownership experience, but as this is a luxury vehicle, insurance, and essential consumable items are slightly costly. Though maintaining the Escalade isn’t that difficult a task, but even routine services and simple chores such as oil change, fuel filter change or something as simple as brake pad replacement will be considerably costly, owing to the fact that you’re driving a luxury vehicle.

However, the maintenance cost is in line with the price of the vehicle, or in simple words is proportionate to the cost of the vehicle, and it is in accordance with maintenance costs of other cars in the segment. The Escalade is quite a reliable vehicle in itself, however, if you’re still worried, Cadillac has quite a dense presence in the US and you get a smooth service and repair experience.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1560

$1615

$1671

$1730

$1790

$8366

Maintenance

$527

$792

$807

$2166

$1290

$582

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$759

$1157

$1916

Taxes & Fees

$5495

$392

$351

$319

$319

$6876

Financing

$4181

$3362

$2488

$1557

$563

$12,151

Depreciation

$14,303

$6037

$4931

$5528

$4832

$35,631

Fuel

$2646

$2725

$2807

$2891

$2978

$14,047

The real cost of ownership 

$28,712

$14,923

$13,055

$14,950

$12,929

$84,569

Though there aren’t any, major shortcomings in the car and most modern cars come with a decent warranty, it is a good habit to enquire about everything beforehand. Now, coming to the ownership costs, one can easily expect a 5-year ownership cost to be somewhere between the $80,000-$90,000 bracket, depending on the user. The amount is in accordance with other cars in this segment and it is quite fair for a car of this size and stature.

What is the Warranty offered on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

The Escalade has a decent warranty package and offers 4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper to warranty, 72 months/70,000 miles Roadside Assistance and 12 months/Unlimited Miles Free Scheduled Maintenance. The Warranty Package seems more than generous and would suit most buyers.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years/50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

4 years/50,000 miles

24-hour Roadside Assistance

6 years/70,000 miles

What is the Miles Per Dollar cost of 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

The Escalade is a big luxury car, so it is common sense that it will not be cheap. However, if we have to calculate, let’s say 5 years ownership costs around $85,000, taking in consideration the mpg figures and little probability of unforeseen expenses alongside taxes, depreciation and insurance and also assuming that the car is on 60-month finance with 10% down payment, and considering average mileage of 15,000 miles a year. By the end of 5 years, you’re looking at somewhere around 0.7 miles per dollar. But don’t get that wrong, as a major chunk of expense is taken by depreciation, which practically is under the limited control of humans.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Buying Advice

The Escalade is quite a compelling package, and all the trims have a decent equipment list and modern technology alongside a host of creature comforts. The Luxury trim is the entry-level trim, and though it has some really nice features, it does miss out on some fancy ones. The Premium Luxury trim is where most buyers would want to put their money and by what we can predict, there will be a battle between the Premium Luxury and Sport trims for most buyers.

It is quite easy to comprehend as these variants have all the essential tech and creature comforts alongside a soft and suiting price tag that would attract most buyers. The Sport trim would be for someone looking for something flashier and more arrogant while the Premium Luxury is for the mainstream buyer. Now, if you want to put a leash on what you spend on the Escalade, we would recommend the Premium Luxury or Sport trim based on your taste and liking as they tick all major checkboxes, and will appeal to both, younger and middle-aged audience.

However, if you wonder why would one buy an Escalade and not some Limo? It is for the street presence, the luxury, space and some tremendous features which it offers, so if you want those, then we would strongly recommend the top of the line Premium Luxury Platinum trim. Though it is a bit costly, it packs those little extra features, swankier interior colors and that extra touch of sheer luxury! The Premium Luxury Platinum trim will cost around $99,000, but for what it’s worth, you should go for it!

Is buying a used Cadillac Escalade SUV a good idea?

Now, this is something that entirely depends on the buyer and we would not stick to any extreme ends on this question. The reason is that the Escalade is quite a reliable car and buying a used one will not be an issue; you can buy a used Cadillac Escalade and still live in peace. However, looking at the market and the new cars, and the fact that you’ll be spending somewhere between $55,000 to $75,000 on a used car, depending on the model year and the condition of the vehicle, one thing is clear, that it is a lot of money. That kind of money can buy you brand new cars, with a long list of features and though they might not be as humongous as the Escalade, they are adequately spacious vehicles.

You can even find some luxury offerings in that range which make a really compelling package, and all this will make you want a feature-loaded modern-looking car and most of the buyers would look at the 2019 and 2020 models of the Escalade, owing to their immense appeal and a long list of features. Now, as we emphasized earlier, the Escalade is quite a popular vehicle and is quite reliable too, so it is usually priced on the upper side of the price bracket which we indicated and later model years are more prone to this pattern. Hence, when the difference is thin between an old and a new car, why should you buy a used car? More importantly, you have some really compelling luxury offerings too in that price range. So, to conclude, you can buy a used Escalade and relax, as it is a reliable car and you can use the money you save for anything else. But if you ask if it’s a good idea, we can’t say much about that.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is going to carry the 2020 Escalade's 6.2L V8 engine, but the new car will also get a new 3.0L Turbo-Diesel inline-6 engine. The Escalade has an impressive powertrain setup, and both the motors are adequately powered and come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The V8 motor churns out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0L inline-6 motor churns out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine and transmission make a very good couple and offer great driving dynamics. Power comes nicely and the shifts are slick, though slightly unresponsive sometimes, but athletic for the majority of the drive.

Models

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2020 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP

$79,195

$73,900

$75,200

$79,385

Engine

6.2L V8

3.0L twin-turbo inline six-cylinder

3.0L twin-turbo inline six-cylinder

3.5L V6

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

420hp@5,600rpm

335hp@5,500rpm

362hp@5,500rpm

450hp@5,500rpm

Torque

460lb-ft@4,100rpm

330lb-ft@1,500rpm

370lb-ft@1,600rpm

510lb-ft@3,000rpm

The Escalade is a nice car to drive, but it does keep reminding you all the time that you are driving a mammoth. Under normal circumstances, the engine and tranny push the car forward effortlessly, and the engine revs decently. But sometimes, when suddenly you put your foot down or let's just say the vehicle is not ready for it all of a sudden, you do experience the rubber band effect and it lasts for a second or two. After that, the car pulls up again, and the majority of the time, it is a nice experience to drive.

How string is 2021 Cadillac Escalade's Acceleration and Braking Performance?

The Escalade is a fullsize SUV, and in simple words, it is a very big car. Still for a car of this size, it does pack in a great punch and manages to pin you back in the seats. The Cadillac Escalade is estimated to have a 0-60 acceleration time of around 6 seconds, which is really quick for such a bulky car.

If you think about it, there are some so-called compact sports cars which have such acceleration. And here, my friend, we are talking about a full-size SUV, which is almost 6 meters in length! Now, such speed needs stopping powers too, and for that, the Escalade has got 13-inch disc brakes which do a great job.

Models

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2020 Lincoln Navigator

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

5.8 sec

6.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.4 sec

15.9 sec

14.5 sec

Top Speed

N/A

155 MPH

130 MPH

157 MPH

60-0 MPH

133 ft

105 ft

110 ft

132 ft

In comparison, both Germans do a better job but only when it comes to braking. They are considerably lighweight and have relatively compact build. As a result, they are able t stop more effectively. But when it comes to getting off the line, the Escalade is not all that far behind.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The Escalade is a gigantic vehicle, and to move it, we require gigantic engines as well, and that justifies the 6.2L engine. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is expected to return city/highway/combined MPG figures of 15/20/17 respectively.

Now, it is obvious that the Escalade is a fuel burner, and though there is some improvement owing to the new motor and some tweaks to the older one as well, it is still behind the European rivals. The Europeans have smartly, put 3.0L inline engines, and made their cars quite fuel-efficient.

Models

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2020 Lincoln Navigator

MPG (City)

15

20

19

16

MPG (Highway)

20

25

23

22

MPG (Combined)

17

22

21

18

Fuel Tank Capacity

28.3 gallons

21.9 gallons

23.8 gallons

28.3 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) 425/566/481 miles 438/548/482 miles 452/547/500 miles 381/524/428 miles

One good addition, to all of these cars, is that they shut down the extra cylinders for fuel efficiency. This helps in ensuring that when the car is being driven on a mild pace, the extra cylinders do not burn fuel and though slightly, it does help to ease the burden on your pocket.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Interior

7.2/10

The Escalade is quite an intriguing car to look at from the outside, but enter inside and you step into a whole new world of sheer luxury and opulence. Cadillac has gone that extra mile and given the Escalade a truly phenomenal interior. You can see flowing lines, beautiful colors, and an enormous infotainment system. The interiors truly stand out and are a great leap forward than the outgoing version.

The Escalade surely looks like an SUV from the outside, but it is more a luxury Limo on the inside. The dash is adorned by two immensely beautiful and clear info-display screens that catch your attention immediately. The materials used on the dash and in the cabin are truly top-notch, and you will literally have to look for flaws with a very close eye, and you still might not be able to find one.

The layout of the dashboard and the center console is very clean and functional and everything falls to hand very easily. The buttons, the switchgear, the gear lever, and almost all other bits are very sound ergonomically. You find some beautiful wooden accents and brushed aluminum inserts on the dash, and you can choose from different color schemes as well. The seats are wrapped in supreme quality leather and you even get the option of quilting and contrast stitching as well.

Models

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2020 Lincoln Navigator

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/64.9/45.3

41.9/60.0/39.8

39.4/59.3/40.3

39.5/65.2/43.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.9/58.1/37.6

40.2/58.5/41.9

37.9/65.1/41.1

The seats are perfectly bolstered and hold you very well in place. They are electrically adjustable and have lumbar support as well. The MID display is immensely crisp and clear and the interface is truly a pleasurable experience. The way Cadillac has put everything together is truly commendable, for once, you just cannot take your eyes away from it.

For those who have the eye for it, will surely notice that the dashboard has an emotion going through it. You can feel the lines and the curves and they really are a pleasure to the eye. On the rear, you get two superb captain seats, which are adjustable as well the seats are very supportive and offer great under-thigh support, and as you might have thought, looking at the Escalade, that space is not even a question in this car.

How’s the 2021 Cadillac Escalade infotainment system?

The Escalade has a truly mesmerizing infotainment system. The screens have a very high resolution and have a host of features on offer. It gets a 19-speaker audio system, and also a 3D surround system. The system is paired to a 14-channel amplifier with optional 36 speaker setup including 3 woofers and 28 channels.

The car has an Augmented Navigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Night Vision as well, and the information display also shows driving dynamics options, damper settings, suspension settings, and other systems too. The Escalade also has entertainment screens for the middle row and they too, have a very clear and crisp display and a smooth interface.

2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Cockpit
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Cockpit
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Dashboard
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Dashboard
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front Seats
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front Seats
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear Seats
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear Seats
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Gear Shifter
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Gear Shifter

2021 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

7.9/10

The Escalade has always had an immense street presence, and the new iteration is going to draw even more attention. The new Escalade looks more mature, calm, and composed, it has a certain poise. The lines are now sharper and better sculpted, the front end is adorned by a brand-new grille and headlamps.

The front bumper has a new design and the fog lamps and LED DRLs are all new. The stance though, is still as bold as ever and the Escalade is nothing less of behemoth on the road. The car has the longest wheelbase and outshines the Europeans by a chunky margin.

Models

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2020 Lincoln Navigator

Curb Weight

5,785 lbs

5,370 lbs

5,701 lbs

5,926 lbs

Length

227.0"

203.3"

205.0"

221.9"

Width

81.1"

78.7"

77.0"

79.9"

Height

76.4"

71.1"

71.8"

76.2"

Ground Clearance

8.0"

8.7"

7.9"

9.7"

Wheelbase

134.1"

122.2"

123.4"

131.6"

However, the Navigator gives a very close competition to the Escalade and though the Escalade has a longer wheelbase on paper, the Navigator has quite identical space to Escalade on the inside, owing to a slightly different layout and some extra carved out space.

2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front Side Three Quarter View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front Side Three Quarter View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear Side Three Quarter View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear Side Three Quarter View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Side View
2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV Side View

2021 Cadillac Escalade Safety

6.0/10

Cadillac has recognized its set of buyers and has done a lot to match their taste. The audience towards which the Escalade is pointed at, demand a safe and sound car, and the Escalade stands strong on this front too.

The car is aimed at luxury, and it has a lot of safety and security features to complement the same. The car is new so it has not yet been rated by the IIHS yet, however, we do know about the tech on offer. Some of the most prominent standard safety features aboard the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Underbody mounted spare tire w/crankdown
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Braking
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 7 airbags
  • ABS
  • Panic alarm
  • ABS and driveline traction control

2021 Cadillac Escalade Competition

8.0/10

2021 Cadillac Escalade vs 2020 BMW X7

The Escalade has been in the American market for a very long time and has been well acquainted with the country, more importantly, it is a mammoth and has got some serious street presence. The Escalade has a lot of things that suit the American palette and it has proved all of that over the years.

2020 BMW X7 SUV

The BMW X7 on the other hand is a European offering and a very capable one of them. The X7 does have a lot of things going for it, it is very luxurious and engaging to drive SUV, with superb interiors and top-notch materials and underpinnings. The X7 too is a big car, but it lacks the street presence and space which the Escalade offers.

2021 Cadillac Escalade vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is the only European which can come close to the Escalade in terms of space. The GLS is also a great looker and is a very sophisticated and well-engineered car, which also carries the goodwill of Mercedes as a part of the great package it offers.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

The latest iteration of the GLS has made it curvier and it looks subtle, yet pleasing. While the Escalade shouts big American SUV, the GLS is more of a tranquil and sophisticated European SUV.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The Escalade has been a very popular choice amongst a very classy set of buyers, and the vehicle ticks all the checkboxes for a luxury full-size SUV. Cadillac has immensely improved its styling, interiors, and ride with this new iteration and the new Escalade comes out as an even stronger package.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade Overall Reviews


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Veronica T. Kehoe

2020 Cadillac Escalade

4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Basic Escalade

Pros - A few things

Cons - A couple things here as well

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

I've been told it shuts down a few cylinders when driving on highway to save fuel particularly when it feels performance is not in question. I've been driving it for past 4 months and I never felt anything of this sort to be honest. Tried to read online and apparently people are talking about it as well. If it actually does what salesperson said and what people are talking on internet, I'd say it is astounding however I strongly doubt if it actually helps with the mileage which still is under 20mpgs.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Jennifer S. Moon

2020 Cadillac Escalade

Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Escalade is the best full size ever built

Pros - Just gas economy

Cons - Escalade is the best full size ever built

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Its not about the driving or performance but the attention to detail towards practical features helping with issues drivers face everyday. Hill assist start is one such feature that doesn't let the vehicle roll back until one hits the gas. I think everybody would agree its not a good situation when your car is rolling back up on a steep slope.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Hugh C. Couture

2020 Cadillac Escalade

Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Not easy to live but keeps us safe

Pros - Advanced cruise control, automatic braking, hauling mode

Cons - Center screen size, mpg, no lower body cladding

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Safety was our priority and noting made more sense than Escalade. We test drove multiple suvs and and took an entire month before deciding to go for the cadillac. I must say we still happened to be skeptical about the decision and now that we're driving the it, everything proved to be exactly how we would have wanted except mpg of course. Drives safe and reduces the chances of road mishaps because of the safety features.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
9/10
Design
10/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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I've been told it shuts down a few cylinders when driving on highway to save fuel particularly when it feels performance is not in question. I've been driving it for past 4 months and I never felt anything of this sort to be honest. Tried to read online and apparently people are talking about it as well. If it actually does what salesperson said and what people are talking on internet, I'd say it ...

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Escalade is the best full size ever built

Its not about the driving or performance but the attention to detail towards practical features helping with issues drivers face everyday. Hill assist start is one such feature that doesn't let the vehicle roll back until one hits the gas. I think everybody would agree its not a good situation when your car is rolling back up on a steep slope.

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Not easy to live but keeps us safe

Safety was our priority and noting made more sense than Escalade. We test drove multiple suvs and and took an entire month before deciding to go for the cadillac. I must say we still happened to be skeptical about the decision and now that we're driving the it, everything proved to be exactly how we would have wanted except mpg of course. Drives safe and reduces the chances of road mishaps because...

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