2022 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $44,900 - $104,290

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2022 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Cadillac Escalade is the flagship SUV of the luxury carmaker Cadillac. The 2022 Cadillac Escalade starts at $76,295 and goes up to $104,595 this year. Changes on the 2022 Escalade are limited to the addition of a new high-power Escalade V model, a couple of more standard driver aids, and a new optional package. While the only deletion this year, due to chip shortage, is GM's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system which was introduced last year. Since the 2022 Cadillac Escalade received a major redesign for the 2021 model year, it sees no visible or mechanical changes this year.

2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Mechanically the 2022 Escalade is related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban as well as the GMC Yukon and the Yukon XL. The 2022 Escalade is powered by a 420 hp, naturally aspirated V8 engine mated to a 10-speed gearbox. The powertrain drives the rear wheels as standard while 4WD is available as an option. Those who can't go with the gas-guzzling V8 have the option to pick the 277 hp, turbocharged inline-6 diesel motor. Motivated with these powerful motors, we will see in this review how the 2022 Escalade flexes its muscles in front of the rival full-size SUVs.

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Pros

Immense cabin space

Elegant and high-tech cabin

Bold yet subtle exterior

Plus ride quality

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 Escalade V will debut.

Lane keep assist and lane departure warning is now standard.

Cadillac's Super Cruise Semi-autonomous driving feature has been dropped due to chip shortage.

New Touring package on Premium Luxury and Sport trim.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10-Speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

211.9 in.

width

81.1 in.

height

76.7 in.

curb weight

5635 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

121 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1636 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/20 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Luxury$44,900 onwards

  • 3 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear air conditioning w/ separate controls
  • Siriusxm with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Premium Luxury$84,290 onwards

  • 1st and 2nd row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • 22-inch polished aluminum Wheels
  • Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist 3.0

Sport$86,890 onwards

  • 22-inch polished w/painted accents aluminum Wheels

Premium Luxury Platinum$101,290 onwards

Sport Platinum$101,290 onwards

  • Semi-Aniline leather Seat trim

Colors and Styles

2022 Cadillac Escalade in Infrared color
Infrared

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 Features

9.0

Engine and Performace

9.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.5

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The 2022 Cadillac Escalade brings forth a spacious and powerful SUV that rides its occupant lapped in luxury. From the house of Cadillac, the 2022 Escalade raises the bar in terms of space and practicality on offer on a full-size SUV. Motivated by a powerful V8 motor the Escalade is quick to gain speed and boasts a respectable towing capacity. Also, there is the good news of a supercharged V8-powered Escalade V to make its appearance alongside the base Escalade. That said, with this major addition everything remains more or less the same as the 2021 Escalade. 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, the BMW X7, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

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

6.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Cadillac Escalade Features

6.0/10

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 4WD. The base engine is a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 while the much-powerful 2022 Escalade V will get a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which we have reviewed separately. The standard features include full lane keep assist, lane departure warning, 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)

$76,295 $84,895 $87,595 $101,595 $101,595

MSRP (4WD)

$79,295 $87,895 $90,595 $104,595 $104,595

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

Performance Package

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

 

Front and rear automated emergency braking

 

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. While the Sport and Sport Platinum trims don’t get any major features added except for blackened exterior trims and alloys. Also, there is a new Touring package for 2022, available on Premium Luxury and Sport trims, which adds soft-close doors, air suspension, and an illuminated door sill protector. 

Release Date:

With the official production of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade to start from October 2021, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and possibly Escalade V will hit the dealerships around November 2021.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

8.0/10

With the launch of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, people were hoping for a hybrid powertrain. But Cadillac has skipped this for another year. With this now there are two engine options for the Escalade, the base engine on the 2022 Escalade will be a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 engine that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. While the Escalade Diesel is powered by a 3.0L Duramax Turbocharged inline-six diesel engine that is good for 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated to a buttery smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. Also new for its is year is the launch of the 2022 Escalade V that will be powered by a 668 hp, supercharged 6.2L V8 taken from the CT5-V Blackwing.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Engine Bay

But will be detuned to put out 620 hp in the Escalade to suit the luxurious nature of the car. The Escalade equipped with a base engine is rated at 7,400 pounds while the diesel-powered Escalade can tow up to 8,200 pounds. Not only that the base Escalade is quite quick on its feet and the base 2022 Escalade does 0-60 MPH in 6.1 seconds and the quarter-mile comes in 14.6 seconds. While with the supercharged V8 engine, it will likely do the 0-60 MPH run in the sub-six second range.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Driving View

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.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP

$76,295

$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 @ 4,100 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

510 lb-ft. @ 3,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec) 6.1 5.4 5.6 5.9
Quarter-mile (sec) 14.6 14.1 14.2 14.5
Top Speed (MPH) 154 161 130 157

As for the rivals, the BMW X7 is the fastest doing 0-60 MPH in 5.4 seconds beating the Escalade by 0.7 seconds. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Lincoln Navigator come next with a 0-60 MPH timing of 5.6 and 5.9 seconds respectively. 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. All three SUVs get a twin-turbo engine, while the Escalade gets a naturally aspirated engine. Thus the key takeaway here is that the heavier and naturally aspirated motor-powered Escalade is not only slower but also less powerful than smaller twin-turbo-powered SUVs.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Since there are no mechanical changes the 2022 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 21/27/22 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

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Lincoln Navigator

MPG (City)

15

19

20

16

MPG (Highway)

20

24

24

22

MPG (Combined)

17

21

21

18

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

24.0

21.9

23.8

23.6

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

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 Escalade. The GLS-Class puts out the best figures followed by the BMW X7. The Lincoln Navigator like the Escalade is another gas-guzzler that returns only a few MPG more than the latter. 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

9.0/10

The interior of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade is the place to be in. Since the cabin was redesigned last year itself it has been carried forward for this year without any change. That means even the base model comes with the nicest of materials. After all, this is the brand's flagship vehicle. The lower trim comes with a faux leather interior, while the higher trims come with semi-aniline leather. With the top of the line Sports Platinum trim, you get the Palermo Quilted Leather trim.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Dashboard

Every touchpoint in the 2022 Escalade has premium materials, soft-touch plastics, and metal accents. The seats are plush and power-adjusted and also come as standard with heating function. 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 Seats and Rear Cabin

The infotainment of the 2022 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.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (in.)

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) (in.)

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) (in.)

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 (ft³.)

25.5

18.2

17.4

19.3

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.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Cargo Area

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.

Interior Features:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate contorl
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • HD radio and Bluetooth Connection
  • Wireless device charging
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 16-speaker AKG sound system
  • Five USB-ports

2022 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

9.5/10

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 Front Three-Quarter View

The clean lines and creases make up 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

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Lincoln Navigator

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,635

5,397

5,467

5,645

Length (in.)

211.9

203.3

205.0

210.0

Width (in.)

81.1

78.7

79.9

79.9

Height (in.)

76.7

71.1

71.8

76.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

8.7

7.9

9.7

Wheelbase (in.)

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.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Rear Three-Quarter View

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.

Exterior Features:

  • 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

9.0/10

The 2022 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.

 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. 

The 2022 Escalade hasn’t been completely crash-tested yet. The IIHS is yet to crash-test it while the NHTSA gave it an overall safety score of 4 out of 5 stars.

Safety Features:

  • Trailer side blind zone alert
  • Forward collision alert
  • Enhanced automatic parking assist
  • Lane keep assisting w/ Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert and Rear pedestrian alert
  • Lane change alert w/ 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 fastest and stylish looking SUVs of 2021 along with the all-new Cadillac Escalade. One of its major flex is that the X7 is much more engaging to drive compared to the bulky Escalade. The X7 also boasts a posh cabin, which is evenly matched with the Escalade.

2021 BMW X7

However, the X7 can't compete with the sheer size and practicality of the Escalade. Thus to conclude, 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. 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 and performance figures,

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The GLS, however, can't match the space and practicality provided by the Escalade, which the latter is a true eight-seater. While the GLS feels cramped in the third-row seats.

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. Thus choosing between the two it eventually boils down to personal preference between the Navigator and the Escalade.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade is more or less 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 the looks and feels luxurious both inside out to impress ones sitting in it and those looking from outside. Add to that the Escalade offers loads of practicality and it is a perfect full-size land yacht in the form. Thus if a land yacht is what you are looking for then look no further and go for the Escalade.


FAQs on the 2022 Cadillac Escalade:

When will be the 2022 Cadillac Escalade be available?

With the official production of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade to start from October 2021, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade will likely hit the dealerships around November 2021.

How much will the 2022 Cadillac Escalade cost?

The 2022 Cadillac Escalade has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) range of $76,295 to $104,595.

Will Cadillac bring back the Escalade EXT?

No, after the Cadillac discontinued Escalade EXT in 2013 there has been no news of the Escalade EXT coming back.

What's new on the 2022 Cadillac Escalade?

Lane-keeping assist and lane departure warning are now standard on the 2022 Escalade. While a 620 hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powered Cadillac Escalade V will debut along with the regular Escalade. Apart from this, a new Touring package on Premium Luxury and Sport trim has also been added this year. While on a sad note, Cadillac's Super Cruise Semi-autonomous driving feature has been dropped due to chip shortage for 2022 Escalade.

What are the dimensions of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2022 Escalade measures 211.9-inches in length, 81.1-inches in width, 76.7-inches in height, and has 120.9-inches of wheelbase.

How many miles per gallon does the 2022 Cadillac Escalade get?

The 2022 Escalade 2WD will return 15/20/17MPG of fuel economy in city/highway/combined respectively while the 2022 Escalade 4WD returns 1 MPG less on the highway compared to the 2WD version.

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