2021 Cadillac Escalade vs the Competition: How Do They Stack Up?
How does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade stack up against its major competitors? Find out how the tech and features of the Escalade compare to the competition.
Since the Escalade’s debut in 1999, the Escalade has always turned heads. Cadillac’s flagship full-size luxury SUV is the car to buy to let everyone know you like the finer things in life. Enjoyed by rappers and CEOs alike, the Escalade’s style and attitude help set it apart from the competition.
Cadillac has debuted a completely redesigned Escalade for the 2021 model year, replacing the previous generation that began in 2015. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade features daring styling, innovative tech, and useful features that make it stand out in a class of its own.
This article discusses the 2021 Cadillac Escalade specs and features, compares it to its competitors, and shows why it’s the right choice for a new luxury full-size SUV.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Performance
The Escalade comes with two appealing engine choices: a 6.2 L L86 EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine and a 3.0 L LM2 Duramax I6 Diesel.
The gas engine makes 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, beating the power numbers of the Audi Q7, BMW X7, Range Rover, and Mercedes GLS. The Range Rover is the only other truck in the Escalade’s class with an optional diesel engine. The Escalade diesel beats the Range Rover by over 20 hp and 15 lb/ft of torque.
Both of the Escalades’ engines come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth shifting. The gas engine has a zero-to-sixty time of 5.9 seconds, surprisingly brisk for a truck of this size.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Interior
One big change for the 2021 model year is the independent rear suspension. This new design makes for a smoother, more luxurious ride, especially if combined with the optional magnetic dampers and four-corner air suspension.
The new suspension also frees up extra cargo space, giving you hauling potential that none of the competitors of the Cadillac Escalade can match.
The extended version of the 2021 Escalade has a maximum of 126.6 cubic feet of storage space. That edges out its Detroit competitor, the Lincoln Navigator, by six feet. None of the European models even reach 100 cubic feet of storage space.
The spaciousness extends to the passenger room too. The Escalade seats up to eight people, while a Range Rover only seats five. The front and second-row seats in an Escalade are the roomiest in its class, and the third-row seats have 10 more inches of legroom than the 2020 Escalade.
No matter how much stuff or how many people you’re hauling, the Escalade will do it comfortably. Leather-wrapped door panels and dash let you know you’re riding in a true luxury vehicle, and adjustable lighting gives you control over your car’s ambiance. Add in heated and cooled seats with a massage function, and you’ll never want to leave the comfort of your Escalade.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Tech
The showpiece of the 2021 Escalade’s interior is the 38 inches curved OLED display that wraps around the driver. This display includes the infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, and another screen to the left of the driver. Everything on the screens looks gorgeous, with a pixel density twice as high as a 4k TV.
No other competitor offers this much screen real estate. The Navigator comes with a relatively puny 10-inch touchscreen. The Range Rover, BMW X7, and Mercedes GLS all have dual-screen systems, but nothing as advanced as the Cadillac.
The Escalade is the clear choice for music lovers as well. It comes standard with an AKG 19-speaker sound system and has an optional 36-speaker unit. Both emit clear, chiming high frequencies and booming bass, which you would expect from a Grammy-winning company like AKG.
No other luxury SUV offers a sound system with as many speakers as the Escalade. The Bose system in the Audi Q7 sounds particularly tinny compared with the competition.
As you would expect from a car in this class, the 2021 Escalade is loaded with cutting-edge safety technology.
Cadillac is offering its much-touted Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system on the 2021 Escalade. Super Cruise enables hands-free driving in some contexts, as well as automatic lane changing. Emergency automatic braking and lane departure alerts come standard as well.
The Escalade’s HD Surround Vision helps you stay aware of your surroundings by using a network of cameras to create a 360-degree image of the area around your car. This will help you navigate tricky parking spots and tight spaces.
There’s no mistaking an Escalade for anything else. The 2021 model has a new, streamlined design aesthetic that broadcasts performance and refinement. It’s the largest Escalade ever, and bigger than any of its competitors. The size and styling give it a powerful presence on the road.
The Escalade’s angular, upright design makes it stand out from its curvier European competitors. The BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS with their gentle curves look like minivans in comparison. Its American competitor, the Navigator, gets saddled with a light-up Lincoln logo on the grille that makes it look a little like a Christmas tree.
The 2021 Escalade starts at $77k for the base model. That puts it on par with its closest competition, the Lincoln Navigator.
The Escalade gives you a lot more bang for your buck than a Range Rover, which starts at around $92k and can reach up to $210k for the top-of-the-line model.
Cadillac Escalade vs. Competitors
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade stacks up quite well compared to the competition. It’s bigger and roomier than any other vehicle in its class. It comes with cutting-edge technology and safety features to keep your crew entertained and safe. More than anything, it has the X-factor of the Cadillac lineage of luxury.
If you’re thinking about buying the 2021 Escalade, stop by our showroom in Omaha or call (402) 238-1729 to schedule a test drive. We think you’ll be impressed with the experience.