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2021 Cadillac Escalade Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 20, 2020

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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. It gets a new modular chassis that is future proof and a host of new technology and Driver Assistance features that keep it ahead of its competition.

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Talking of its competition, it continues to compete against the likes of Mercede-Benz GLS and BMW X7 both of which have also been extensively updated interms of design and feature listing. Its arch-rival, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, however, remains the same with subtle updates. But that doesn't make it any less aggressive in comparison to the Caddy. But with the new generation upgrade for the Escalade for 2021, Cadillac has truly amplified up its game with most of the speculations faring out to be true.


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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

Luxury has been gives a lot more focus with impressive feature listing

Cons

Not as off-road capable as other competitors

Bulk gets in the way of nimble handling

What's New?

The Cadillac Escalade is all-new for 2021


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$77490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu. in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Modular Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

211.9 in.

width

81.1 in.

height

76.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

168.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

25.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

8200 lbs.

payload capacity

1650 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

138 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/20 mpg

highway range

566 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

8 yr. / 70,000 mi.


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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
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$77,490 - $80,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $77,490 MSRP (14/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive rear wheel drive 7
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $80,490 MSRP (14/17/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$84,290 - $87,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $84,290 MSRP (14/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive rear wheel drive 7
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $87,290 MSRP (14/17/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport

Sport

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$86,890 - $89,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $86,890 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 7
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $89,890 MSRP (14/16/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum

Premium Luxury Platinum

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$101,290 - $104,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $101,290 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 7
Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $104,290 MSRP (14/16/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 7

2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport Platinum

Sport Platinum

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$101,290 - $104,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $101,290 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 7
Sport Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $104,290 MSRP (14/16/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


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!

Has taken a sharper design approach
The rear fascia is distinctively Cadillac

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 $77,490 for the base Luxury trim and go up to $104,290 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)

$77,490

$84,290

$86,890

$101,290

$101,290
MSRP (4WD)  $80,490 $87,290 $89,890

$104,290

$104,290

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 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 crosses the $100k mark. The Sports Platinum, is the Sports trim with additional luxury features and sportier looks.

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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.

Reliability and Ownership Costs of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

Reliability has been a strong point for the Cadillac Escalade and it has been its highlighting feature among the fully sized SUVs for the past few years. Now with the completely redesigned model for 2021, Cadillac has bettered its already impressive reliable nature. As it is a completely new offering, J.D. Power Report is yet to access it bur we have jotted down the 2020 model years ratings to give you an idea of the better figures to come forth. It already ranks on top int eh full-sized luxury SUV segment with an impressive overall J.D. Power score of 84 out of 100.

Rating Category

Score(Out of Hundred)

Quality and Reliability

85

Driving Experience

85

Resale

78

Dealership Experience

86

*2020 Cadillac Escalade ratings for reference

Lincoln Navigator is its closest rival that comes in second with a score of 83 out of 100. 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. The average cost of ownership has been rated keeping the prior models in mind which will vary marginally for the 2021 model and thus can be referred upon.

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

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.

Warranty on 2021 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade has a decent warranty package and offers 4 years/ 50,000 miles bumper to bumper to warranty, 8 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 and is also one of the key reasons for it to score well in the Customer Rating Index as well.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

8 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour Roadside Assistance

8 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Apart from this, Cadillac also offers extended warranty plans on the purchase of the Escalade that includes the extension of the standard warranty to 6 years/ 70,000 miles. It also complies a warranty coverage for any perforation on the body for 4 years/ 50,000 miles. Replacement or repair of sheet metal parts that have been eaten up due to rust defects is taken care of for 6 years/ unlimited miles as well.

Miles Per Dollar

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.

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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 $99,995, 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. 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.

Now, 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? Well, the only advantage here is that you can very well go for much older Escalades owing to its reliable nature, but if you are planning for pre-owned ones, 2 years prior, then its better to fetch a new one as it makes more sense.


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2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade carries forward 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. The RWD layout is good but as 4WD does no extensive damage to the fuel efficiency front, its wise to go for the more immersive 4WD layout.

Power comes nicely and the shifts are slick, though slightly unresponsive sometimes, but athletic for the majority of the drive. Cylinder deactivation is a neat feature that helps improve performance as well as efficiency in the Caddy. In cities, it helps to eliminate unwanted turbo lag which is prevalent in higher displacement engines and this pave way for a smooth driving experience. 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.

Model

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP

$77,490

$73,900

$75,200

$79,385

Engine

6.2L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged inline-6

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged inline-6

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged V6

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

362 hp @ 5,500 RPM

450 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

460 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

370 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

510 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

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. This is the case with the Navigator as well. But the Germans have completely different performance characteristics with turbocharged and lighter engines and thus these two bunches are like two sides of a coin.

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

The Escalade is a full-size SUV, and in simple words, it is a huge car. Still, for a vehicle of this size, it does pack in a great punch and manages to pin you back in the seats. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a 0-60 acceleration time of around 6 seconds, which is quick for such a bulky car. The credit here goes to its adaptive 4WD system and the slick 8-Speed Automatic which despite being a bit clunky at times, manages to propel this goliath with ease.

In this 4WD format, the 0-60 MPH timing will go down marginally but that doesn't make much of a difference when it comes to swiftness, but dynamics. If you think about it, some so-called compact sports cars have such acceleration. And here, my friend, we are talking about a full-size SUV, which is almost 236 inches long! Now, such speed needs stopping powers too, and for that, the Escalade has got 13-inch disc brakes which do a great job. It also comes with automatic emergency braking and brake assist for handling this goliath in slimmer situations.

Model

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2021 Lincoln Navigator

0-60 MPH

5.9 secs

5.8 secs

6.1 secs

5.9 secs

Quarter Mile

14.3 secs

14.4 secs

15.9 secs

14.5 secs

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 lightweight and have a relatively compact build. As a result, they can stop more effectively. Even in terms of acceleration the Bimmer is quick but keeping in mind the size and curb differences, it sure is surprising for the Caddy to be behind by a whisker. But when it comes to braking, the lighter competitors, namely BMW X7 and Merc GLS prevail competent as both stops with well over 30 feet of gap between the Caddy and Lincoln.

How good is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in terms of Ride and Handling?

SUVs with such bulk and size are supposedly very rough on the handling front and are downright referred to as buses because of the body roll it provides with. But Cadillac has worked its way over all these years of having the Escalade on the roads and the 2021 model is impressively stern on the roads, even winding ones. It comes with a standard spring load suspension system that has been tuned well for occupants' comfort. Couple that with the standard mechanical limited-slip differential, and you have an SUV that shows some traits of a sedan when it comes to driving dynamics.

But the body roll is still felt notably and that's where the available air suspension with Magnetic ride control comes into play. It uses adaptive air suspension and magnetic dampers to mostly eliminate the notorious swaying motion and does a pretty good job at it. Adding to this, the available electronic LSD goes well with the electric power steering to work this sizable SUV through tighter countryside roads as well. It also has the option of being equipped with either a single-speed or dual-speed transfer case which works well with the diesel engine.

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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 V8 engine it comes equipped with. Fuel efficiency was surely not on the checklist of this goliath as it is a guzzler. And with the technology and comfort dense features at hand, people who go for these laid-out SUVs will seldom flinch about its MPG figures. But Cadillac has thought it through as well, despite being at the end of the list. And as a matter, the figures are not half bad for a 3-Row luxury SUV.

The 2021 Escalade in its RWD guise returns 15 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway which is commendable. And when it comes to its AWD format, the numbers go marginally lower to 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. 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, the Escalade is still behind the European rivals. The Europeans have smartly, put 3.0L inline engines, and made their cars quite fuel-efficient.

Model

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MPG (City)

15

20

19

16

MPG (Highway)

20

25

23

22

MPG (Combined)

17

22

21

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

28.3

21.9

23.8

28.3

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

One good addition, to all of these cars, is cylinder deactivation technology that actively shuts down the extra cylinders for fuel-efficiency when not needed. This helps in ensuring that when the car is being driven at a mild pace, the extra cylinders do not burn fuel and though slightly, it does help to ease the burden on your pocket. Both Bimmer and Merc have similar segment-leading figures but the huge fuel tank capacity of the American SUVs in this list, helps it stay within reach in the long run.

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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

First 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

Second 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

Third Row in inches (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

36.6/ 47.9/ 33.3

N/A/ N/A/ 34.6

37.3/ 64.2/ 40.9

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. Creature comfort features in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are:

  • 4-way power driver and front passenger lumbar control
  • Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • Power 60/40 split-folding third-row bench seat
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Full leather seats with faceted quilting
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control system with Cabin Air Ionizer
  • Cadillac OLED Displays (7.2-inch diagonal control panel and 14.2-inch instrument cluster)
  • Front center console refrigerator with freezer mode and covered storage
  • 110-volt power outlets (3-prong auxiliary household-style outlet located on the rear of the front console and rear cargo area)

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 also paired to a 14-channel amplifier with an optional 36 speaker setup including 3 woofers and 28 channels which is insane! There are tweeters integrated into each of its front row seats and is all coded and tweaked by AKG which makes it one of the most extensively worked upon infotainment system in the industry.

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. Notable Infotainment features in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are:

  • 16.9-inch OLED touchscreen infotainment screen
  • AKG Studio 19-speaker system audio system (Optional AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker audio system)
  • Wireless phone charging
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capable
  • HD Radio and Bluetooth capability
  • SiriusXM with 360L trial Subscription
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • OnStar and Cadillac Connected Services Capable

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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. But even with all these dense updates, it still flaunts the unmistakable Escalade cues including the taillight layout and side profile. The SUV has also grown considerably in size which was also not a very subtle aspect of it, before as well!

The front bumper has a new design and the fog lamps and LED DRLs are all new. The stance is still as bold as ever and the Escalade is nothing less of a behemoth on the road. The car has the longest wheelbase and outshines the Europeans by a chunky margin. The Sport trim stands out from the rest with its blacked-out elements which give this composed SUV a well to do sporty appeal. The Escalade will still be the go-to choice for major personalities and organizations and expect to see it very soon in the next Hollywood flick as well, as Cadillac has a long history when it comes to Hollywood.

Model

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

5,370

5,701

5,926

Length (in.)

211.9

203.3

205.0

221.9

Width (in.)

81.1

78.7

77.0

79.9

Height (in.)

76.7

71.1

71.8

76.2

Ground Clearance(in.)

N/A

8.7

7.9

9.7

Wheelbase (in.)

120.9

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. It also has the option of adding curated exterior design packages that include aesthetic updates to stand apart from the rest. Notable Exterior features of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are:

  • 22-inch alloy wheels in two designs (Dark android finish and standard polished finish)
  • Heated, driver-side auto-dimming power-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Power-retractable assist steps with LED perimeter lighting
  • Black Roof rack cross rails
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • LED headlamps and taillamps with Auto leveling function for headlamps
  • Radiant Package includes (22" 12-Spoke Chrome alloy wheels, Premium carpeted floor mats, Bright Sport mesh grille with Galvano surround, Monochromatic Cadillac emblem, Puddle lamps with Cadillac crest)

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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. Cadillac has included numerous new safety and Driver Assistive features. Apart from this, many of the optional features from last-gen in 2020, have been made standard for 2021, thus paving way for new improved safety package,

The car is aimed at luxury, and it has a lot of safety and security features to complement the same. The car is new and so it has not yet been rated by the IIHS yet, however, we do know about the tech on offer. But to bring things into perspective the 2020 Escalade was awarded the 5-star rating by NHTSA, which is the highest it goes. Another notable addition is the new Super Cruise semi-autonomous drive mode that allows for hands-free driving on certain pre-approved highways.

  • 7 standard airbags (Frontal airbags for driver and front outboard passenger, Front outboard Passenger Sensing System for frontal outboard passenger airbag, Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front outboard passenger, Driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag, Head-curtain airbags for all rows in outboard seating positions)
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Underbody mounted spare tire w/crackdown
  • Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Braking
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Panic alarm

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2021 Cadillac Escalade Competition

8.0/10

2021 Cadillac Escalade Vs 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 with its impressive performance and reliable nature.

2021 BMW X7

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 lavish cabin space that the Escalade offers.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Vs 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. It has been well put together that reciprocates well with the "three-pointed star".

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The latest iteration of the GLS has made it curvier and it looks subtle, yet pleasing. While the Escalade shouts of big American lux-appeal, the GLS is more of a tranquil and sophisticated European SUV and this face-off boils down to personal choices as if you are a person who wants to have a light-on-the-wallet aftersales experience, then the Caddy is the one for you otherwise its the Merc for all your luxury family getaway.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Vs Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator is the closest one comes in challenging the Cadillac Escalade. The Navigator follows a similar formula to provide a luxury 3-row SUV which is easy to live by and at the same time loaded with ample technology features to keep up with the modern wave of SUVs. Dimensionally also, it manages to go hand in hand with the Caddy.

2021 Lincoln Navigator

But the Escalade has a notable edge here, as it gets an all-new generation for 2021, whereas the Lincoln Navigator gets subtle updates and continues with its 2018 generation. This puts the Escalade in a much superior position in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, and technology features. But Navigator is the only other true American luxury 3-Row SUV in this segment and thus enjoys a fair bit of additional privileges.


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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. With the onslaught of the completely redesigned 2021 model, Cadillac has raised the bar further with its incredible attention-demanding design language and a luxurious cabin layout for up to 7 occupants. Technology features have also gone for a spiraling improvement as compared to the last generation.

Cadillac has immensely improved its styling, interiors, and ride with this new iteration and the new Escalade comes out as an even stronger package. It stands tall in terms of performance and reliability, a feat which is rather difficult to be achieved in this segment and the only other offering that comes close to it is the Lincoln Navigator. The Germans are surely well versed when it comes to luxury and build quality, but is a bit rough on the wallet in the long run. Caddy shines forth in this aspect and poses as the perfect luxury family caravan.


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2021 Cadillac Escalade FAQs

Does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade have paddle shifters?

No, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade doesn't come with paddle shifters but it does come with the Cadillac Precision shifter that is included in the center console and shifts with the click of a button.

What is the warranty on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has an impressive warranty package that includes:

  • Standard Limited Warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever comes earlier
  • Powertrain Warranty for 4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever comes earlier
  • 24-hr Roadside Assistance for  6 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier
  • Warranty against perforation for 4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier
  • Sheet Metal rust resistance warranty for 6 years/ unlimited miles; whichever comes earlier

Does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade have Adaptive Cruise Control?

Yes, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as a new innovative feature called Super Cruise which allows for hand-free driving for certain highways. It also adapts and can utilize the lane-change on-demand functionality as well.

Does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade have heated seats?

Yes, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes equipped with standard heated and ventilated front row and second-row outboard seats.

Does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes standard with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade Overall Reviews


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Alvin T. Smith

2020 Cadillac Escalade

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Gas guzzler.

Pros - Wireless charging port, spacious, and parking sensors

Cons - Not a fuel efficient car

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

It's a three row SUV, which means it? quite big in size. I? ok with the space and the driveability but the poor fuel efficiency has taken a toll on my ownership experience.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

JV

Jeremy C. Villa

2020 Cadillac Escalade

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

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Utility sucks despite so much space

Pros - Powerful, within my budget, & front styling

Cons - Elevated cargo floor, tail lights look awkward

Overall Review

5 /10 Overall Rating

The biggest suv I ever drove and the best part, it feels no different than our Elantra. Stays planted unlike other suvs.

5/10
Features
5/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

SS

Steven C. Shimer

2020 Cadillac Escalade

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Top quality SUV.

Pros - Outward visibility, easy to handle, and well equipped interior.

Cons - None

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

Good in terms of horsepower and performance. It even drives well in crowded city traffic. Every day driving is much more exciting.

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

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Top User Reviews

7

User Overall Rating

Gas guzzler.

It's a three row SUV, which means it? quite big in size. I? ok with the space and the driveability but the poor fuel efficiency has taken a toll on my ownership experience.

by Alvin T. Smith

5

User Overall Rating

Utility sucks despite so much space

The biggest suv I ever drove and the best part, it feels no different than our Elantra. Stays planted unlike other suvs.

by Jeremy C. Villa

8

User Overall Rating

Top quality SUV.

Good in terms of horsepower and performance. It even drives well in crowded city traffic. Every day driving is much more exciting.

by Steven C. Shimer

10

User Overall Rating

Awesome ride.

The drive of the car is impressive. Smooth acceleration and optimal power delivery. 4WD boosts more traction. The engine packs enough torque to moe this car easily even on steep slopes.

by William G. Spruill

10

User Overall Rating

Full size compact SUV.

Without thinking too much about the part time AWD system so I bought a RWD which at least gives up more fuel efficiency. It drives pretty well. I? receiving a decent amount of mileage and pretty good acceleration.

by Grady H. Walker

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