The Cadillac Escalade is the premier full-size SUV. The segment leading Caddy is large and in charge, with an engine as powerful as its styling. The most Followed used Escalade for sale on Mojo Motors is the third generation, sold from 2007 through 2014. The fourth generation Escalade is new for the 2015 model year. Designed to compete with the Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes M-Class, the Escalade is the dominant name in full-size luxury.The Escalade first hit the streets back in 1999 when the SUV craze was in full swing and Lincoln was taking the lead in the newly created luxury SUV market. GM realized they were behind and took an existing GMC Yukon Denali and affixed Cadillac badges. The first generation was overpriced and underpowered, but sales proved there was a demand. When the second generation came out for the 2002 model year, the Escalade was a real competitor.
It grew to accommodate more seating, offered high-end touches and received the excellent, but optional, 6.0-liter V8 engine. Commercials advertised it as “the most powerful SUV in the world.” The second generation established instant “street cred” and rappers everywhere featured the SUV in their videos and songs. 2007 saw the introduction of the gorgeous third-generation Escalade, an award-winning vehicle that solidified Cadillac’s position at the top of the category.
While the third-gen Escalade is no longer the most powerful SUV (that being the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG), the Caddy is not sluggish. A 6.2-liter V8 churns out 403 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Driving power through a 6-speed automatic, the two-wheel drive Escalade achieves 19 MPH highway. If you want some green with your bling, take a look at the hybrid version built between 2009 and 2013. The Escalade hybrid has a 332 horsepower V8 matched with GM’s outstanding “two-mode” hybrid system. The result is an impressive 20 MPG city, and 23 MPG on the highway.
Escalade vs Yukon
In the older models, the main difference between the Escalade and GMC Yukon was badging. While the third generation Escalade shares its capable GMT900 chassis with other GM SUVs, this is an entirely different truck. The Cadillac does have the same dimensions and capacities as the Yukon, but the engine choices, exterior sheet metal and interior design are entirely different.
The Escalade includes plenty of luxury touches standard like heated and cooled cup holders, DVD players, GPS navigation and back-up camera. All these amenities cost extra in the Yukon. Think of the Yukon as the SUV for people that want a step up from a Chevy. Think of the Escalade as the luxury SUV for buyers that want the absolute best of General Motors.
Escalade vs Navigator
If you are looking at the first generation of these SUVs, there is no question, go with the Lincoln Navigator. It is most certainly the better truck. After 2007, however, this gets much more complex, as the Escalade and Navigator both went into their nicely-executed third generation.
While they have similar interior options and gas mileage, the Escalade is more powerful. The only engine available in the Navigator is the 5.4-liter Triton V8 with 310 horsepower. If agility does not matter to you, take a look at the Lincoln. Really, it comes down to which vehicle’s styling and driving dynamics you prefer, so take a test drive!
Written by Andy Jensen