2022 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $77,640 - $104,290

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2022 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Cadillac Escalade is one of the most iconic SUVs that the Cadillac has produced to date. It has been a symbol of the American Dream, and it has been the luxury automaker's flagship and most expensive model for a long time. Mechanically the Escalade is related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban as well as the GMC Yukon and the Yukon XL. But it is also miles apart from them in every possible manner. The full-size luxury SUV was first launched in the year 1999. Its second generation was dropped in 2003 and saw subsequent changes till 2007. Through the years, the Escalade went through a lot of changes and received a major redesign for the 2021 model year. Thus the 2022 Cadillac Escalade will be a carryover model. 

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Pros

Immense cabin space

Elegant and high-tech cabin

Bold yet subtle Exterior

Well-balanced ride 

Composed handling

Cons

Below-average fuel economy

No available Hybrid powertrain

Not as athletic as some rivals

What's New?

620 hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powered Cadillac V will debut

No major changes for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$77640

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

brake rotors (f/r)

13 x 1.2/13.6 x 0.79 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

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Luxury$77,640 onwards

Premium Luxury$84,290 onwards

Sport$86,890 onwards

Premium Luxury Platinum$101,290 onwards

Sport Platinum$101,290 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Cadillac Escalade in Infrared color
Infrared

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performace

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2021 update added Super Cruise a.k.a semi-autonomous self-drive to the Escalade, while for the 2022 Escalade, we expect a supercharged V8 Escalade V to make its appearance alongside the base Escalade. That said, everything remains more or less the same as the 2021 Escalade, and the prices have been increased slightly as the 2022 Escalade will start at $78,490. The large luxury behemoth has only a few rivals, but they are quite tough in their own right. Rivals of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade consist of the likes of Lincoln Navigator,BMW X7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front Three Quarter View
2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Rear Three Quarter View

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Cadillac Escalade Features

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade will come in five trims, namely Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, and Sport Platinum. The base Luxury trim is expected to start at $78,490 and will go up to $106,290 for the Sport Platinum trim with AWD. The base engine will be a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 while the much powerful Escalade V will get a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which we will review separately. The standard features include full leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, 16.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 14.2-inch instrument cluster, 19-speaker AKG studio audio system, tri-zone climate control, etc.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

Premium Luxury Platinum

Sport Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$78,490

$85,890

$88,590

$103,290

$103,290

MSRP (AWD)

$81,890

$88,890

$91,590

$106,290

$106,290

Features

Keyless entry and remote ignition

Adds or upgrades to ‘Luxury’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Premium Luxury’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Sport’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Premium Luxury Platinum’

 

Front and rear parking sensors

Adaptive air suspension

Gloss black alloy wheels finish

22-inch alloy wheels

22-inch gloss black alloy wheels

 

Full leather upholstery

Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-automated driving system

Premium sound system

Leather-wrapped dash and door panels

Night vision

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Rear entertainment system

 

Massaging front seats

Gloss black exterior treatment

 

Heated front and rear seats

Driver Assist Tech Package

 

36-speaker sound system

 

 

16.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Heavy-duty trailering package

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Package

 

 

 

The packages available on a few trims also include a few nifty features. The Driver Assist Tech Package includes adaptive cruise control and soft-close doors. Performance Package gets you a trailer brake controller, better suspension, and trailer hitch. That said, the Sport and Sport Platinum trims don’t get any major features added except for blackened exterior trims and alloys.

We Recommend

We recommend going for the Premium Luxury AWD trim as for under $90,000 you add Super Cruise, two packages, adaptive air suspensions, and whatnot, the list goes on. That said, if you prefer driving this land yacht yourself, then the massaging front seats equipped Premium Luxury Platinum trim would entice you more.

Price:

Pricing for the 2022 Escalade will likely be in the ballpark of $78,490 for the base trim and will go up to $106,290 for the top trim. 

Release Date:

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and possible Escalade V will likely hit the dealerships in the second half of 2021, which is around November. Official release dates are yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

With the new Escalade, people were hoping for a hybrid powertrain. But instead, Cadillac revived the diesel powertrain after 40 years of hiatus. The base engine on the 2022 Escalade will be a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 engine that puts out 420 hp and 469 lb-ft of torque. The engine might be old, but it is still quite potent. The next in line is the 3.0L Duramax Turbocharged inline six-cylinder Diesel engine that is good for 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque available at no extra cost. Both the engines are mated to a buttery smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. And lastly, if the rumors are true, the 2022 Escalade will get a supercharged 6.2L V8 that will likely be detuned to 668 hp to suit the luxurious nature of the car. The Escalade equipped with a base engine is rated for 8,200 lbs of towing capacity.

Even the base Escalade is quite quick on its feet. And with the supercharged V8 engine, it will likely do the 0-60 mph run in the sub-six second range. But the base Escalade is not slow and does 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and quarter-mile comes in 14.3 seconds. As for the rivals, the BMW X7 is the fastest with 0-60 mph of 5.8 seconds. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Lincoln Navigator post a similar 0-60 mph timing of 5.9 seconds, but the Navigator is quicker to quarter-mile with 14.5 seconds and the GLS-Class does the same in 15.9 seconds.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury(expected)

2021 BMW X7 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP

$78,490

$74,900

$76,000

$76,185

Engine

6.2L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

355 hp @ 5,500 RPM

362 hp @ 5,500 RPM

450 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

460 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

510 lb-ft. @ 3,000 RPM

Ride quality is as plush as it can get with its excellent air suspension setup. Expect the ride quality to be on par with its luxurious German rivals. With the addition of independent rear suspension, the overall ride quality has improved a lot and has liberated more space on the inside. With great power and size, the Escalade needs the best braking setup, and it just has an excellent one that allows this massive SUV to stop from 60-0 MPH in just 121 feet.

As for the power figures, the Lincoln Navigator’s engine puts out a massive 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Next in line is the Escalade whose engine churns out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class gets 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the BMW X7 puts out 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, making it the least powerful among all. All three SUVs get a twin-turbo engine, while the Escalade gets a naturally aspirated engine.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The base engine is carried over from the previous Escalade, thus it is not the most economical and is the worst-performing SUV on this list. The EPA estimate suggests that the V8-powered Escalade will return 15/20/17 mpg of fuel economy in city/highway/combined respectively. People who are conscious of their fuel expenses can opt for the Diesel engine that will rake the figures to around 20/26/22 mpg of fuel economy, which is quite impressive considering the size of this thing. The new Escalade also gets the largest 24-gallon fuel tank in the segment that allows it to have a decent combined range of 400 plus miles.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury(expected)

2021 BMW X7 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MPG (City)

15

19

20

16

MPG (Highway)

20

24

24

22

MPG (Combined)

17

21

21

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

24.0

21.9

23.8

23.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

360/ 480/ 408

416/ 526/ 459

476/ 571/ 499

378/ 519/ 24

Rivals with newer and smaller turbocharged engines perform much better and stay far ahead of the gas-guzzling base Escalade. The GLS-Class puts out the best figures of 20/24/21 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively. Next comes the BMW X7 with 19/24/21 mpg of fuel economy, followed by another gas-guzzler Lincoln Navigator that returns 16/22/18 mpg of fuel economy. The GLS-Class has the second-largest 23.8-gallon fuel tank, which helps it to return close to 500 miles combined range from a tankful of gas.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the new Cadillac Escalade is the place to be in after the 2021 model year update. Nothing will be changed for the 2022 model year as far as we know. Even the base model comes with the nicest of materials. After all, this is the brand's flagship vehicle. The lower trim comes with the faux leather interior, while the higher trims come with semi-aniline leather. With the top of the line Sport Platinum trim, you get the Palermo Quilted Leather trim. Every touchpoint in the new Escalade has premium materials, soft-touch plastics, and metal accents. The interior room is unparalleled with the new Escalade. The seats are plush and power-adjusted and also come as standard with heating capabilities. The Escalade comes standard with the two second-row captain's chairs. But buyers can opt for the second-row bench for no additional cost, thus increasing the seating capacity from seven to eight.

2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Dashboard Overview

All the SUVs in the foray are full-size SUVs that have plenty of interior space. But what sets apart the Escalade and Navigator from the X7 and GLS-Class is the best-in-class third-row seats without compromising in the first two rows space. That said, the Lincoln Navigator offers the maximum interior space, followed by Cadillac Escalade. Next comes the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which is more spacious than the BMW X7 which in turn happens to be the least spacious among all.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury(expected)

2021 BMW X7 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

42.3/ 65.5/ 44.5

41.9/ 60.0/ 39.8

39.4/ 59.3/ 40.3

41.8/ 65.2/ 43.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.9/ 64.6/ 41.7

39.9/ 58.1/ 37.6

40.2/ 58.5/ 41.9

40.0/ 65.1/ 41.1

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

36.6/ 47.9/ 33.3

38.9/ 50.3/ 34.6

37.3/ 64.2/ 36.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

25.5

18.2

17.4

19.3

On the spec sheet, it is pretty clear that the Escalade dominates this segment. In terms of cargo capacity, it eclipses all three rivals with its 25.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Navigator comes second with 19.3 cubic feet, followed by the BMW X7 with 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class offers the least cargo capacity at 17.4 cubic feet. The 38-inch curved OLED dashboard dominates the central stack. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Infotainment System

The infotainment of the Cadillac Escalade is not only its highlight but also the talk of the town. The massive infotainment setup consists of a 16.9-inch infotainment screen plus the 14.2-inch digital driver's display and another 7.2-inch control panel. All of which are integrated smoothly, which gives the Escalade a futuristic feel that can outclass the best of what the Germans have to offer. The screen feels as responsive as any modern-day smartphone. It is one of the best systems on the market right now. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • 38-inch curved OLED touchscreen display
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Wireless device charging
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 16-speaker AKG sound system
  • Five USB-ports

2022 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade retains the sleek and suave styling cues from its generational change in 2021. The exterior of the newly redesigned Escalade is posh. Shod with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, the Escalade has a massive 8-inches of ground clearance. At the front, you also get the majestic grille, LED Headlamps, and a grand hood, all backed by a behemoth silhouette. Move to the side, and though the 2022 Cadillac Escalade has an overall boxy build but is curved in the right places.

2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Front View

The clean lines and creases makeup for a bold yet subtle look for an SUV that is almost six meters long. The large and imposing front grille with the sleek and modern-looking headlights give the Escalade a brawny yet swanky look. The SUV sports smooth flowing lines along its body that converge towards the rear where it meets the long LED taillamps. Even from the rear, the ride manages to retain its butch and bulky road presence.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury(expected)

2021 BMW X7 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,635

5,397

5,467

5,645

Length (inches)

211.9

203.3

205.0

210.0

Width (inches)

81.1

78.7

79.9

79.9

Height (inches)

76.7

71.1

71.8

76.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

8.7

7.9

9.7

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9

122.2

123.4

122.5

The dimensions of the Cadillac Escalade are humongous, and it is truly a land yacht. The Escalade measures 211.9-inches in length, 81.1-inches in width, 76.7-inches in height, and has 120.9-inches of wheelbase. Lincoln Navigator is the closest to the Escalade in terms of dimensions. The Navigator is 1.9-inches smaller in length, 1.2-inches less wide, but has a 1.6-inches longer wheelbase compared to the Escalade. The next closest is the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class that is 6.9-inches smaller in length, 1.2-inches less wide, 4.9-inches lower in height, but gets a 2.5-inches larger wheelbase compared to the Escalade. Highlights of the exterior includes:

  • 20-inch 7-spoke chrome alloy wheels
  • Capless fueling system
  • Swept-black headlights
  • Active Aero Grille Shutters
  • Eldorado inspired tail lights
  • Acoustic windshield and Rear Privacy glass

2022 Cadillac Escalade Safety

6.0/10

The Escalade sits on a brand new chassis called the GMT1XX platform, which is shared with its mechanical counterparts developed by Chevrolet and GMC. The platform is tried and tested and is one of the most stable and rugged in the business right now. It provides excellent stability whether you are out on the highway or in the twisties. Apart from the Federally mandated features, Cadillac offers active safety features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, active lane control, a surround-view camera system, and a driver seat that vibrates in the direction of potential danger. 

Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and an automatic parking system are standard on higher-line models. The 2022 Escalade hasn’t been crash-tested yet, but the 2021 Escalade has, and it received four out of five stars by NHTSA. It has not been fully tested by the IIHS. We will update this section as soon as they conduct the necessary assessments. Highlights of the safety features include:

  • HD Surround Vision
  • Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking with Brake Assist
  • Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist
  • Automatic Seat Belt Tightening
  • OnStar & Cadillac Connected Services capable
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Rear Pedestrian Alert
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

2022 Cadillac Escalade Competition

8.0/10

2022 Cadillac Escalade vs 2021 BMW X7

The new BMW X7 is one of the hottest SUVs of 2021 along with the Escalade. It is more engaging to drive compared to the bulky Escalade.

2021 BMW X7

The X7 also boasts a posh cabin, which is evenly matched with the Escalade. However, the X7 can't compete with the sheer size and practicality of the Escalade. In the end, the decision between the two depends on what you want from your SUV.

2022 Cadillac Escalade vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz is one of the most established brands in this segment, and the GLS is its flagship luxury SUV.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

It is more fun to drive and also boasts high-powered AMG variants. Although it can't tow as much as the Escalade, it surely gives the Cadillac a run for its money when considering fuel economy, The GLS, however, can't match the space and practicality provided by the Escalade, which is a true eight-seater.

2022 Cadillac Escalade vs 2021 Lincoln Navigator

The newly redesigned Lincoln Navigator is by far the closest competitor to the Escalade. Navigator offers a more powerful engine from the get-go and also has one of the highest towing capacities in this class. The Lincoln also has a well-appointed cabin that can go toe to toe with the new Escalade.

2021 Lincoln Navigator

The Escalade does get some extra points of innovation due to the excellent infotainment system and central stack. It eventually boils down to personal preference between the Navigator and the Escalade.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade will largely be similar to the 2021 model year, and this is not a bad thing. The new Escalade is one of the most excellent offerings to have come out of the General Motors group in recent years. It has technology like Super Cruise, which is a semi-autonomous driving tech to rival the likes of Tesla. It has the looks and luxury feels both inside out to impress ones sitting in it and those looking from outside. Add to that loads of practicality and you get a perfect full-size land yacht in the form of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade

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