2020 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $79,490 - $96,590

Ranked #7 in Fullsize Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2020 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 7, 2021

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With no major changes, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a carryover model and is on sale at a starting price of $75,195. It is offered in Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The Escalade is also available in long-wheelbase (ESV) priced at $82,790. Under the hood, it gets a 6.2L V8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is muscular in action and pulls this behemoth from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds and has a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade front angle view

The cabin of the Escalade is well-trimmed with good-quality materials. Its technological features are a bit dated compared to its rivals as the current Escalade dates back to 2015.  The Escalade also offers top-notch safety technologies and also stands out in its class for the best reliability rating and low ownership costs. The Escalade receives heavy challenges from the Lincoln Navigator, the BMW X7, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS 580. 

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Pros

Strong towing capability

Robust engine

Good cargo room

Long list of safety features

Array of standard feaetures

Cons

Tight third row

Complicated infotainment controls

Harsh ride quality

Less efficient

What's New?

Dark Mocha Metallic exterior color


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10 speed Automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

68.7 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5578 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

94.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1460 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/21 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$79,490 onwards

Luxury$82,090 onwards

Premium Luxury$86,490 onwards

Platinum$93,590 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven 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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

4.9

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Escalade is as much about its honking-big size and beefy looks as it is about its utility- Autotrader

Very few SUVs out there can claim to have the level of success that the Cadillac Escalade has had since it is both Cadillac's most recognizable model and its biggest cash cow. There are some flaws with this big SUV but this is the last model year of the fourth generation. With an all-new Escalade just on the horizon for the next model year, we expect all the shortcomings to be rectified. 

Comparatively, the ownership costs of the Escalade are less. You may have to shell out nearly $16,000 every year for various parameters such as maintenance, repair, fuel, depreciation, etc. According to our calculation, the Escalade charges $1.09 for every mile you drive, which is less than its rivals. With a reliability score of 84, the Escalade is the most reliable vehicle in its class. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade Angular front View
2020 Cadillac Escalade Angular Rear View

4.9/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2020 Cadillac Escalade Buying Advice

As all the Cadillac Escalades boasts an extensive list of features but we would suggest you go with the Premium Luxury trim. It comes with all the features of Luxury trim and adds a rear entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, and adaptive headlights. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade three-quarter view

2020 Cadillac Escalade Features

4.9/10

This Caddy is a costly SUV that matches its competitors in some areas and falls short in others- Edmunds

The Cadillac Escalade is available in four trims: Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The base trims start at $75,195 while the range-topping Platinum trim costs $92,295. A destination charge of $1,695 will be added to the price tag at the time of purchase. An RWD drivetrain is standard but a 4WD system can be ordered for an extra $3,000.

2020 Cadillac Escalade rear angle view

Even the base trim comes with a wide array of equipment, but the Premium Luxury and Platinum models take this huge, lavish machine to another level. Speaking of options, a rear-seat entertainment system is available on the Luxury trim for $1,720 and the Premium Luxury trim adds an option of power-retractable running boards for $1,750. 

Trims

Base

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$75,195

$80,795

$85,195

$92,295

MSRP (4WD)

$78,195

$83,795

$88,195

$95,295

Key Features

Tri-zone automatic climate control Adds/ Upgrades to Base trim  Adds/ Upgrades to Luxury trim Adds/ Upgrades to Premium Luxury trim
  8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Power sunroof Rear-seat entertainment system

Premium semi-aniline leather for the first two rows and Mulan leather for the third row

  Magnetic Ride Control suspension 22-inch alloy wheels

Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking

18-way power front massaged seats
  20-inch aluminum wheels Second-row fold & tumble seats Adaptive cruise control Center console cooler
  12-way power front leather seats Rearview camera Adaptive headlights

Power-retractable running boards

  Heated & ventilated front seats Head-up display    
  Heated second-row seats Lane departure warning    
  Wireless device charging Lane keep assist    
  Hands-free tailgate Lane change alert    
  16-speaker Bose surround-sound system Forward collision warning    
  Power-folding third-row seats Blind-spot monitoring    
  Auto-dimming rearview mirror Rear cross-traffic alert    
  Park assist Low-speed automatic emergency braking    
  Surround-view parking camera Safety alert seat    

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2020 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The big V8 is one of the Escalade's greatest assets- Edmunds

The Cadillac Escalade is equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine that makes a healthy 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission, jointly developed by GM and Ford, is used to drive the power to the wheels, which is one of the best in the class. Both RWD and 4WD configurations are available on all models. Also, this engine has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds, which is more than most of the other luxury SUVs. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade engine

The Escalade’s ride quality is comfortable thanks to the standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension. However, you may feel the occasional bump over, particularly uneven roads. You get a stiff ride with the optional 22-inch wheels setup but the SUV holds its ground nicely thanks to its balanced steering. The heavyweight of the Escalade can be felt at the corners and there is a noticeable body lean. Overall, the Escalade's handling is stable but its ride quality isn't luxurious. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade takes 5.5 seconds to reach 60 MPH

Despite its humongous size, the Escalade offers brisk acceleration and feels effortless to reach highway speeds. . It can sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds, which is impressive for a 5,578-pound SUV. It further covers a quarter of a mile in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 150 MPH. Even the brakes on the Escalade feel strong and achieve an average stopping distance of 133 feet. The behemoth also nosedives a bit when strong brakes are applied.

Models

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

MSRP

$75,195

$92,600

$76,185

$97,800

Engine

6.2L V8

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8

3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6 

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8
Drivetrain RWD AWD RWD AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

456 hp @ 5,250 RPM

450 hp @ 5,500 RPM

483 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

460 lb-ft. @ 4,100 RPM 479 lb-ft. @ 1,500 RPM 510 lb-ft. @ 3,000 RPM 516 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM
0-60 MPH 5.5 sec 5.2 sec 5.9 sec 5.4 sec
Quarter Mile 14.0 sec 13.6 sec 14.5 sec 14.0 sec
Top Speed 150 MPH 163 MPH 150 MPH 150 MPH
Towing Capacity 8,300 lbs 7,500 lbs 8,300 lbs 7,700 lbs

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 houses the most powerful engine and most expensive option in this segment. However, its acceleration levels with the Escalade. The slightly less powerful BMW X7 displays better agility thanks to its low curb weight but it has the lowest towing capacity. The Lincoln Navigator produces 30 hp more than the Escalade but its performance is slower.


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2020 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is far from thrifty- The Car Connection

Fuel economy? Who cares! Anyone who is buying this big, bulky, muscular SUV must be rich enough to spend that extra bucks on the fuel. Anyways, the Cadillac Escalade with the V8 engine has an EPA rating of 14 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on a highway, and 17 MPG combined which is pretty low when compared to the rivals.

2020 Cadillac Escalade side view

 Opting for the 4WD system falls down the highway estimates by 2 MPG but the city and combined gas mileage remains the same. The Escalade gets the largest fuel tank in this segment. Owing to this large tank, the Escalade delivers 481 miles of combined driving range while the 4WD models can drive up to 455 miles only. 

Models

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

MPG (City)

14

15

16

16

MPG (Highway)

23

21

23

21

MPG (Combined)

17

17

19

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 26.0 21.9 23.2 23.8
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 364/598/481 329/460/394 371/534/452 381/500/440

The BMW X7 is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this class but its small fuel tank leads to a smaller driving range. The fuel estimates of the Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 are almost the same but the latter being more powerful, it is more efficient than the Navigator. The Escalade has the lowest fuel ratings in this competition. 


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2020 Cadillac Escalade Interior

7.2/10

Boasting soft-touch materials as far as the eye can see, the Escalade wows every time you enter- Kelly Blue Book

Inside, the Cadillac Escalade boasts an upscale cabin but if observed carefully, you will find some cheap-feeling plastics. Leather adorns almost everywhere in the cabin. It seats up to eight passengers but the optional second-row captain chairs reduce it to seven. The front seats are comfortable and have power adjustability, heated and ventilated functions even on the base trim. The top-end Platinum trim also adds front massaged seats.

2020 Cadillac Escalade dasboard

The second-row passengers will sit lower than the front passengers. Even the second-row seats are heated on higher trims and you get retractable running boards for quick egress sand ingress. You get decent levels of head and legroom but there's no way to slide the seat to create limousine levels of legroom. The third row feels cramped for full-grown adults and is best left for kids. Given the size of the Escalade, the cabin feels really compact. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade infotainment system

The CUE infotainment system uses an 8-inch touchscreen display that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Platinum trim also adds a rear-seat entertainment system that includes dual 9-inch screens with a DVD player. The infotainment system is a little bit slow to respond to but easy to use. The screen attracts fingerprints and dust easily. The music system in the Escalade is a 16-speaker bose surround sound system. 

Models

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

Passenger Capacity

8

7

8

7

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

42.8/64.9/45.3

41.9/60.0/39.8

41.8/65.2/43.9

39.4/59.3/40.3

Second Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.9/58.1/37.6

40.0/65.1/42.6

40.2/58.5/41.9

Third Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/62.6/24.8

36.6/47.9/33.3

40.9/64.2/40.9

38.9/50.3/35.0

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

15.2

12.8

19.3

17.4

Speaking of cargo space, You get 15.2 cu-ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seats, which is small for a three-row SUV. Cargo space of 51.6 cu-ft.  with the third row folded, and finally, you get 94.2 cubic feet overall with the second row folded as well.  Power-folding third and second-row seats are available. The cargo capacity is impressive for a full-size SUV although the Lincoln Navigator offers better cargo space than the Escalade. Some main cabin highlights of the Escalade are:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel
  • 18-way power front leather seats
  • Heated, massaged & ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain chairs
  • Power sunroof
  • Refrigerated storage
  • Chrome and woodgrain interior accents
  • 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system
  • Dual 9-inch rear screens 
  • Wireless charging
  • Navigation system

2020 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

7.5/10

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade has a refined appearance highlighted by a massive grille- Kelly Blue Book

The Cadillac Escalade is the big boss of the GM’s luxury lineup. It is one of the most recognizable Cadillacs on the road today thanks to its slanting edges and daunting stance. There is also no denying the fact that this SUV boasts more swagger than any other vehicle that has hit the road. Its unmistakable styling is evident from every angle and it shares much of its structure with the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and the GMC Yukon. The only 2020 change to mention is that there is now a new color called Dark Mocha Metallic. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade top view

You get full-LED headlights with four crystals that act as high beams, giving off radiant light. Long vertical taillight also gets LEDs which makes it easy to follow the Escalade when visibility is low. An aerodynamic rear spoiler adds a sporting flair to this SUV. Naturally, around the back, the same boxy looks carry over. The wheels for the Escalade are 22-inch aluminum wheels but there are 10 different wheel designs to choose from. These wheels keep this SUV 8 inches above the ground. Its short overall length contributes to better maneuverability.  

Models

2020 Cadillac Escalade

2020 BMW X7

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,578

5,617

5,760

5,699

Length (in)

203.9

203.3

210.0

205.2

Width (in)

80.5

78.7

79.9

79.9

Height (in)

74.4

71.1

76.4

71.8

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

8.7

9.7

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

122.2

122.5

123.4

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 has the widest wheelbase in this competition. It benefits from better third-row passenger space than the Escalade. It also offers better stability and handling on the road. The Lincoln Navigator has the highest ground clearance here, though many won't take this luxury beast off the smooth pavements. Like the Escalade, even the BMW X7 is a short vehicle and as mentioned before, maneuverability is better. Some noticeable exterior features of the Escalade are:

  • Active aero chrome grille shutters
  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Puddle lamps
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Power-retractable illuminated running boards
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Chrome window trim
  • 22-inch aluminum wheels
  • Rear roofline spoiler

2020 Cadillac Escalade Safety

8.0/10

Most driver-assistance technology costs extra and isn't available on base models- CarAndDriver

NHTSA has not conducted a full crash test on the Cadillac Escalade. It received 4 stars for the side-impact crash test and 3 stars for the rollover crash test. On the other hand, IIHS didn't conduct any crash tests due to its exorbitant price tag. Therefore, we cannot comment on the Escalade's safety but this large SUV comes with seven airbags as standard. 

2020 Cadillac Escalade three-quarter view

As far as safety features are concerned, there are no optional packages available like its rivals. Cadillac has segregated all the driver-assist features nicely in each trim level. Therefore, as you climb the trim ladder, the number of features keeps on increasing. Cadillac's Super Cruise System won't be offered until the next-generation Escalade. Some of the safety features are:

  • Rearview camera
  • Park assist
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Teen Driver
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Front & reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Safety alert seat
  • Automatic high beams
  • Head-up display

2020 Cadillac Escalade Competition

6.0/10

2020 Cadillac Escalade vs 2020 BMW X7

The price difference between the BMW X7 and the Escalade is nearly $17,400. That's a huge gap. It is quicker than the Escalade as its engine is slightly more powerful and efficient too. But the Escalade has the upper hand in terms of towing. The X7's third row is adult-friendly, which is not the case with the Escalade while the cargo capacity is almost similar. The Escalade may come with plenty of driver aids but the X7 adds some unique safety features, which makes it special. 

2020 BMW X7

2020 Cadillac Escalade vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 is the most expensive and powerful SUV in this competition. Its agility is equal to the Escalade but the latter is the option if you need a towing workhorse. The GLS 580 offers better ride quality and handling than the Escalade. The GLS 580 gains more points when it comes to in-cabin passenger space and fuel economy. However, the Escalade is ahead in terms of cargo room. Both the SUVs offer a long list of driver-assist systems. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

2020 Cadillac Escalade vs 2020 Lincoln Navigator

Both the Escalade and Lincoln Navigator are full-grown SUVs with a truck base, body-on-frame construction. They are available in extended-wheelbase versions with additional cargo capacity behind third-row. The key difference between the two is that Lincoln has redesigned the Navigator for 2020 while the Escalade remains the same since 2015. The V6 engine on the Navigator is more fuel-efficient and it is also more spacious inside. Therefore, in most cases, Lincoln marches ahead of the Cadillac.

2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is the epitome of full-size SUVs and pairs itself with a luxurious interior along with excellent towing capacity. Although its trucklike body-on-frame is a big disadvantage as this SUV compromises ride quality over uneven pavements. It also does not feel confident over corners like other SUVs. The Escalade boasts one of the best interiors in the class, however, the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown. Regardless, the Escalade is the best looking and ranks high as compared to rivals.

2020 Cadillac Escalade front angle view

2020 Cadillac Escalade FAQs

How many miles can the Cadillac Escalade last?

The Cadillac Escalade has a lifespan of 200,000 miles. 

Is the Cadillac Escalade bulletproof?

No, the stock Cadillac Escalade comes standard with regular glass but it can be ordered with bulletproof glass. 

Do Cadillac Escalades have a lot of problems?

Buyers have complained about transmission failure, harsh ride quality, and engine problems. 

What are the trim levels for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade has four trims- Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. 

What is the difference between Cadillac Escalade Luxury and Premium Luxury?

The Premium Luxury trim adds adaptive headlights, a rear-seat entertainment system, forward collision warning, forward & reverse automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. 

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