2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV

MSRP $40,000 Est.

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Cadillac Escalade began as a rebadged version of the GMC Yukon but has now become the face of the premium American full-size SUV segment. The level of sophistication and luxury inside its cabin even overshadows many Europeans in some places and the cabin is large enough to haul large families together without anyone complaining about space. Add to that the versatility of the diesel engine and impressive towing capabilities, there are hardly any competitors that offer all of these in a single package. 

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Pros

A modern and sophisticated cabin

Spacious and luxurious interiors

Huge luggage and cargo space

Frugal diesel engine

Cons

Climate control is difficult to use in dark

What's New?

Lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning are now standard

Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving feature standard on Sport trim onwards

Standard front and rear automated emergency braking

The New Touring package adds air suspension, soft-close doors, and illuminated door sill protector plates to Premium Luxury and Sport models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40000

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$40,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV in Infrared Metallic color
Infrared Metallic

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

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


For the 2022 model year, Cadillac has made quite a few changes considering the fact that the SUV was redesigned just the previous year. These include standardization of front and rear automated emergency braking and the lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning while the Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving feature is now standard from Sport trim onwards. The diesel Escalade begins at an MSRP of $77,840 which is on par with the gasoline powertrain and competes against the likes of Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6. 


7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Features

Similar to the gasoline-powered 2022 Escalade, the diesel Escalade is also available in the same five trims with either RWD or 4WD. Right from the base Luxury trim, Cadillac offers an exhaustive list of premium features and creature comforts which includes self-leveling LED headlights, three-zone climate control, heated front, and rear seats, and a surround system amongst various others. 

The Premium Luxury trim adds a few more safety features along with ventilation function for the front seats while the Sport trim adds the adaptive air suspension and the Super Cruise Driver autonomous driving features. The Premium Luxury Platinum trim further adds the massaging function for the front seats with premium upholstery and soft close door while the Sport Platinum trim gets sportier cabin and exterior treatment. 

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

Premium Luxury Platinum

Sport Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$77,840

$84,840

$87,540

$102,240

$102,240

MSRP (4WD)

$80,840

$87,840

$90,540

$105,240

$105,240

Key Features

Self-Leveling LED Headlights

Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings

Adaptive Air Suspension

Adaptive Cruise Control

Air Ride Adaptive Suspension

 

19-speaker AKG surround audio system

Driver Assisted Parking Assist

Super Cruise Driver Assistance Feature

36-speaker AKG surround audio system

Intellibeam Headlamps

 

Three Zone Climate Control

Ventilated Front Seats

22-inch Polished Alloy Wheels

14-Way Power Massaging Front Seats

Sport Upholstery

 

Front And Rear Parking Sensors w/360-degree camera

Power Rear Seat Easy Entry

 

Premium Leather Upholstery

 
 

8-Way Power Heated Front Seats

   

Soft Close Doors

 
 

Reclining Heated Rear Seats

       
 

Power Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats

       
 

22-inch Painted Alloy Wheels

       

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Although the base trim already offers all the creature comforts that one would ever need in most scenarios, opting for the Sport trim would future proof the SUV with the latest safety features and the autonomous driving function. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel Release Date

The Cadillac Escalade will be one of the last launches from the brand and will only hit the showrooms by the end of 2021.

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Apart from the 420 hp V8 gasoline engine, the 2022 Escalade is also equipped with a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine which is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces a meager 277 hp but matches the 460 lb-ft of torque of the V8 which is sent to the rear wheels as standard with an option for the 4-wheel drive.

Performance from the diesel engine is pretty strong though for most daily scenarios needing just over 8 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint while covering the quarter-mile strip in 16.2 seconds. The top speed for the diesel Escalade is 110 mph while the towing capacity is limited to 8,000 lbs which are controlled by the electronically controlled ten-speed automatic transmission that also features a tow/haul mode.

The Cadillac Escalade has never been a corner carver and has always been compared to a yacht for its handling. With the update last year, the ride and handling have improved multiple folds. Though it is still not as poised or sporty as the BMW X7 or Mercedes GLS-Class SUVs, it goes over bumps and broken roads rather effortlessly. The light steering wheel makes maneuvering and parking the massive SUV feel less daunting.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel Luxury

2022 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel High Country 

2022 GMC Yukon Diesel Denali

2021 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 Diesel

MSRP

$77,840

$72,470

$68,670

$99,350

Engine

3.0L, Turbo Diesel Inline-6

3.0L, Turbo Diesel Inline-6

3.0L, Turbo Diesel Inline-6

3.0L, Turbo-Diesel V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

4WD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

277 hp @ 3,750 rpm

277 hp @ 3,750 rpm

277 hp @ 3,750 rpm

254 hp @ 3,750 rpm

Torque

460 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

460 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

460 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.2

7.8

7.6

7.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.2

15.9

15.8

15.9

Top Speed (mph)

110

112

112

112

Towing Capacity (lbs)

8,000

8,200

8,100

7,716

Only General motors majorly offer a diesel powertrain with their SUVs in the full-size segment and hence the major rivals of the Escalade are the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon, all of which share exactly the same powertrain. Hence all three have very similar acceleration and towing performance to offer. The Yukon is the most affordable one here with the Escalade being the priciest amongst the three. The Land Rover on the other hand is the most expensive by a huge margin and does not offer the performance to match the high asking price. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The large full-size SUVs have never been known for their frugality but the option of a diesel powertrain makes living with this massive land yacht much easier. With a combined fuel economy rating of 23 mpg by the EPA, the 2022 Escalade Diesel is one of the more frugal SUVs of the segment. The 24-gallon fuel tank offers well over 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas which reduces frequent visits to the gas station.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel

2022 GMC Yukon Diesel Denali

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel

MPG (City)

21

21

21

22

MPG (Highway)

27

27

27

28

MPG (Combined)

23

23

23

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

24.0

24.0

24.0

22.7

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

504 / 648 / 552

504 / 648 / 552

504 / 648 / 552

499 / 636 / 545

The engines under the hood of all the GM SUVs have exactly the same tune and they also offer identical gas tanks, therefore have similar driving ranges. The Land Rover Range Rover on the other hand is marginally more frugal than the other three, in spite of the standard 4WD. The MPG figures drop by 1 mpg in each aspect for the others. The smaller gas tank on the Range Rover results in a driving range on par with the Cadillac. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Interior

6.0/10

With the update for the 2021 model year, the Escalade’s cabin has become a lot more modern and sophisticated that features a host of technology, premium quality materials, and more space than before. The cabin is carried forward this year that features the industry-first curved OLED driver digital instrument cluster. Though the large curved screen and the infotainment system covers most of the dashboard, there are physical buttons for the HVAC and a head-up display for added convenience.

Right from the base trim, the Escalade gets leatherette upholstery with Linear Tigerwood inlays inside its cabin. Higher trims offer Mulan leather upholstery with perforated inserts and unique Zebra wood inlays. Contrast stitching and piping with tasteful aluminum inlays further complement the wood and leather inside the cabin. Additional trim-specific interior inlays include a wide range of wood to match cabin ambiance along with the ambient cabin lighting.

Even with the standard wheelbase, there is ample room on offer for all the occupants all around the cabin. Opus semi-aniline leather seating comes as standard for the first two rows while the rear two seats feature power-folding functions. The front seats get heating, ventilation, and massage functions while the second row gets heating and power release functions. The luggage capacity with all seats in use is pretty usable at 25.5 cu-ft which can be extended to 72.9 cu-ft by folding down the third row.

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel

2022 GMC Yukon Diesel Denali

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

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

42.3 / 65.5 / 44.5

42.3 / 66.0 / 44.5

42.3 / 66.0 / 44.5

39.5 / 60.9 / 39.1

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

38.9 / 64.6 / 41.7

38.9 / 64.8 / 42.0

38.9 / 64.8 / 42.0

39.4 / 59.0 / 39.3

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

38.2 / 62.7 / 34.9

38.2 / 61.7 / 36.7

38.2 / 62.7 / 34.9

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

25.5

41.5

25.5

31.8

Maximum Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

121.0

144.7

122.9

68.6

At the front, there is hardly anything to differentiate between the three American SUVs, and although the Yukon basically offers identical cabin and cargo space as that of the Escalade, the Chevrolet Suburban is a much larger SUV, offering more space in the third row and a much more spacious trunk. The Land Rover is the most compact one here, offering only 5 seats and the maximum cargo capacity is way below the standards set by Cadillac. Some of the interior features in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel are:

  • 18-way heated and ventilated front bucket seats w/massage function
  • 60/40 split-folding bench heated second-row seats w/power release function
  • 60/40 split-bench, power-folding third-row seats
  • Semi-Aniline leather seat trim
  • The platinum interior trim leather-wrapped instrument panel, console, and upper door and suede headliner and pillars
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering column and heated automatic steering wheel
  • Head-Up Display & Augmented Reality live image on 14.2-inch Digital Cluster Display
  • Three-zone climate control w/rear HVAC vents and rear seat control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Universal Home Remote

How intuitive is the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel SUV’s infotainment unit?

Apart from the massive 14.2-inch OLED curved screen right in the sight of the driver, a super sharp and massive 16.9-inch touchscreen OLED display takes the center stage inside the cabin. The graphics are sharp and super clear while the interface overall is pretty cohesive in nature and intuitive to use. There’s also a 7.2-inch control panel to switch from standard gauges to a full map view, augmented reality camera, or available night vision.

There’s plenty of technology on offer with the new Escalade as standard which includes navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, HD and Satellite radio, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and voice commands. The rear seat also features two 12.6-inch screens with headphones for rear-seat entertainment and the standard 19-speaker AKG sound system just blows your minds off, while the 36-speaker AKG Studio Studio Reference 3D surround sound system is probably the best in the business. Some of the infotainment features in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel are:

  • 16.9-inch OLED touchscreen infotainment system
  • 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference 3D Surround sound system
  • 14.2-inch Digital Cluster Display and 7.2-inch Control Panel
  • 12.6-inch dual independent rear seat-mounted touchscreen Rear Seat Entertainment system w/two 2-channel wireless infrared digital headphones 
  • Integrated Navigation System
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay & Wireless Android Auto capability
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/360L All Access package
  • Natural Voice Recognition and Connected Apps

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Exterior

9.0/10

With the massive dimensions, high ride height, and aggressive styling, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade is immediately recognizable and has a towering presence on the road. The smaller horizontal LED headlights with long vertical LED daytime running lights and a massive grille up front look nothing short of a Decepticon from the Transformers movie. The Luxury and Premium trims are studded with a chrome finish, while Sport and Sport Platinum versions get a black mesh grille. 

The Escalade rides on huge 22-inch wheels which don’t feel as huge and are dwarfed by the massive proportions of the SUV. While the Sport and Sport Platinum trims get a painted color scheme on them, the Luxury and Premium trims feature a polished finish. The hands-free tailgate is standard and most of the trims also get the panoramic sunroof as standard, while soft-close doors are available as an option for almost all the trims. 

Model

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel

2022 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel

2022 GMC Yukon Diesel Denali

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,827

6,227

6,100

4,958

Length (in)

211.9

225.7

210.0

196.9

Width (in)

81.1

81.1

81.0

78.1

Height (in)

76.7

75.7

76.5

73.6

Ground Clearance (in)

9.0

8.0

8.0

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

134.1

120.9

115.0

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Chevrolet Suburban is the largest, and that too by a huge margin. It is much longer than the Escalade, Chevy Tahoe, and the GMC Yukon, all of which are based on each other. Since the Range Rover is much more compact, it is also the lightest one in this comparison. The Escalade and Range Rover have pretty high ground clearance while both the Chevy-GMC SUVs ride a bit lower to the ground. Some of the exterior features in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel are:

  • Automatic IntelliBeam, automatic high beam, automatic leveling LED headlamps
  • LED taillights
  • Heated power-adjustable power-folding mirrors w/driver-side auto-dimming, integrated turn signal indicators, and puddle lighting
  • Hands-Free Liftgate with programmable memory height, with Cadillac, branded projection light
  • Power-retractable assist steps running board
  • Roof-mounted luggage rack
  • Power, panoramic tilt/slide express-open/close sunroof w/sunshade control
  • 22-inch 12-Spoke Polished alloy wheels w/Dark Android finish

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Safety

8.0/10

The safety aspect has improved multiple folds with the new generation of the Escalade as there is a very long list of safety functions and driver assistance features offered as standard. Add to that the additional features such as the night vision system, adaptive cruise control, and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving function invoke a further sense of confidence in the car. The Escalade also received an overall 4-star rating from the NHTSA for the 2021 model year in the crash tests conducted by them. Some of the safety features in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel are:

  • Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking and Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist
  • Rear Pedestrian Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Surround Vision Cameras
  • OnStar and Cadillac connected services

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Competition

6.0/10

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel vs Chevrolet Suburban Diesel

Though both the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade share their powertrains with one another, there are plenty of differences between the two. The Suburban is a much larger SUV than the Escalade but doesn’t feel as premium as well. Both offer similar performance and fuel economy figures but the level of sophistication and modernization saw inside the plush cabin of the Cadillac is second to none and makes it feel worth every penny. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel vs GMC Yukon Diesel 

Another SUV that shares its diesel powertrain with the Escalade is the GMC Yukon. It too offers similar acceleration, towing, and efficiency figures and is also similar in dimensions but is much more affordable than the Caddy. There is plenty of creature comforts on offer in the Yukon and there is no shortage of premium quality materials inside its cabin too. But the latest technology inside the Cadillac is what makes it worth the additional price.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel vs Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel

The Cadillac Escalade feels way more valuable than the Land Rover in almost all aspects. It is much more spacious, has a far more premium cabin, offers plenty of technology and safety features, and is a bit more frugal as well. Add to that the substantially lower starting price from Cadillac, choosing the Escalade over the Range Rover feels like a no-brainer; unless you plan on venturing into the unknown for an adventure-filled weekend. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade diesel SUV Final Verdict

The Cadillac Escalade has become a status symbol for many American families for years now and with the newer generation update, it now feels worth its asking price as well. Apart from the plush cabin and frugal diesel engine on offer, the ride quality is much improved, the state-of-the-art technology is unparalleled and the inclusion of Cadillac’s new Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving functionality makes it future-proof for a very long time. Therefore, if you intend on buying a premium diesel family SUV, look no further than the 2022 Cadillac Escalade Diesel.