2020 Cadillac Escalade

Original MSRP Range
$75,195 - $95,295
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
14 - 14 MPG City / 21 - 23 MPG Hwy
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2020 Cadillac Escalade

What We Like

  • Brawny styling
  • Muscular V8
  • Strong towing capacity
  • Abundant standard feature content

What We Don't

  • Barely usable third-row seat in regular model
  • Extremely high load height
  • Thirsty engine
  • Relatively cumbersome driving experience
  • Interior is no match for those of some similarly priced competitors

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.5/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Cadillac Escalade?

Cadillac made no notable changes to Escalade for 2020. See the 2020 Cadillac Escalade models for sale near you

Which Escalade is the Best?

Keep it simple. The base-model Escalade is so incredibly well-equipped that all the upper trim levels seem a bit superfluous. Their elevated price tags also put them uncomfortably close to vehicles like the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which in turn make the Escalade seem like the antiquated truck behemoth it is. Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Cadillac Escalade Cost?

The Escalade comes in two body styles, a regular-length model simply called the Escalade and a long-wheelbase version dubbed the Escalade ESV. Both are available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. Prices basically remain the same from 2019 and include the $1,295 factory destination charge.

The Escalade base trim ($76,490 regular; $79,490 ESV) comes standard with 20-in wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, LED headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free power lift gate, side-assist steps, keyless start, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, a self-parking system, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and cooled power front seats with driver-memory settings and power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third-row seat, the 8-in CUE tech interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, five USB ports and a 16-speaker Bose audio system.

The Luxury trim ($82,090 regular; $85,090 ESV) adds 22-in wheels, adaptive headlights, a sunroof, power-adjustable second-row seats, Cadillac's rear camera mirror and a variety of accident-avoidance technologies (forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist and lane-departure warning as well as automatic braking and lane-keeping assist).

The Premium Luxury ($86,490 regular; $89,490 ESV) gains adaptive cruise control, an enhanced automatic braking system and a single-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

The Platinum ($93,590 regular; $96,590 ESV) adds power-retractable side steps, special styling elements inside and out, upgraded leather upholstery, more-adjustable front seats with massage function and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Escalade Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escalade 2WD 4dr$75,195 / $71,4358 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Luxury$80,795 / $76,7558 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Platinum$92,295 / $87,6808 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Premium Luxury$85,195 / $80,9358 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr$78,195 / $74,2858 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Luxury$83,795 / $79,6058 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Platinum$95,295 / $90,5308 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Premium Luxury$88,195 / $83,7858 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Cadillac Escalade Safety

Is the 2020 Cadillac Escalade a Safe Car?

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade comes with a long list of standard safety features, including dual-front airbags, front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, front and rear parking sensors, a self-parking system and a surround-view parking camera. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist and lane-departure warning systems as well as automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, a collision-preparation system and the Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates in response to these various safety systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Escalade a 4-star overall crash score along with 4-star frontal, 5-star side and 3-star rollover scores. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash-tested either Escalade model.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$86,448 ($1.15 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance6 Years/70,000 Miles
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Payload
  • Livery Pkg
  • Radiant Pkg
  • Interior Protection Pkg
  • Floor Liner Pkg

Competition

2020 Cadillac Escalade vs the competition

2020 Lincoln Navigator -- Objectively, the new Navigator is just a superior full-size SUV compared to the Escalade. Performance, fuel economy and interior space are all considerably greater. Subjectively, its high-fashion interior blows away most competitors. It's worth the attention it's getting.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali -- GMC's range-topping Yukon Denali is nearly mechanically identical to the Escalade. It also uses many of the same chrome accents and bold styling cues. If you can't find an Escalade at the price you want, consider visiting your local GMC dealer to find out if they'll give you a good deal on a Yukon Denali.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class -- The GLS can't match the Escalade's towing capability or extended-length version but it boasts superior driving manners, more third-row space and better interior trappings, plus a price tag that isn't actually that different from the big Cadillac's.

Used Land Rover Range Rover -- A new Range Rover's starting price of around $86,000 may be comparable to the Escalade's but it comes with considerably less standard equipment. As such, used models are worth a look if you're interested in another luxury SUV offering a king-of-the-road driving experience.

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