We drive the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade has made a big splash since its 1999 debut. The Escalade has been a very popular SUV and it has always been a vehicle that you want to be seen in. For 2021, the fourth generation Escalade is now available with more technology and more luxury than ever before. The new Escalade was introduced on February 4, 2020 in Beverly Hills, where many of the buyers have property.

The Escalade is a huge vehicle, and you know it from the moment you catch a glimpse of it. Our Escalade measured 211 inches in length. It is a big vehicle, and you will not mistake it for a Miata. Our 4WD model weighed around 5800 pounds, but there is an upside to the size.

The new 2021 Escalade has second row sliding seats that allow for increased distance between the first and second row seats.

First, it is roomy. The Escalade has room for 7 people easily and there will still be room for luggage. Load up people in all three rows, and you will still have over 25 cubic feet of space behind the third row. Fold down the third row, and you get 63 cubic feet or fold down everything and get a huge 109 cubic feet of space.

Because the Escalade is based on a full-size truck chassis, it is also heavy-duty so your load can be as much as 1647 pounds. If you loaded up your Escalade and you need more room, you can always hook up a trailer. The Escalade can tow up to 8200 pounds with the right configuration. Those are serious numbers.

While the Cadillac’s size may be noticeable, the focus has to be about technology and luxury. The Escalade is full of it and will not disappoint you. Get behind the wheel and you will see the first OLED curved display pack 38 inches of display area with super high definition. The display is bright and has vibrant colors that tell you everything you need to know.

The new 2021 Cadillac Escalade showcases an industry first 38” diagonal curved OLED display and available Super Cruise.

You also get augmented reality navigation that displays street views with overlays to help you figure out where you should go.

There is a Surround Vision feature that employs four exterior cameras to provide a 2-megapixel bird’s-eye view of the scene around the vehicle. There is a trailer integration package, which offers up to nine camera views (including rear camera guidelines) to support easier hitching. Our vehicle had the optional night vision which is an amazing feature. It is displayed on the center display and uses infrared technology and even highlights people that may be hard to see because they are wearing dark clothing at night.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade features a 14.2” diagonal cluster display with two reconfigurable zones for vehicle information and different four layouts, including: gauge view, augmented reality with active route navigation, map navigation, and available night vision.

A rear entertainment system was also on our test vehicle which uses two 12.6 inch touch screens that can stream games, music, and videos through HDMI and USB inputs. The screens can also mirror your phone and your kids can make destination suggestions to you in the front seats.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Brandy interior with Very Dark Atmosphere accents and full leather seats with faceted quilting.

The rest of the interior is packed with leather and wood and it feels like a very expensive place to be. Some people have complained about some of the Chevrolet switches in the Cadillac, but everything works great and looks good so who cares.

Our favorite feature was the AKG audio system. AKG is known more for microphones and headphones and for the first time have partnered with an auto manufacturer. The system includes 36 speakers powered by three amplifiers and sounds incredible.

Under the hood of the Escalade the standard engine is a 6.2 liter V8 that puts out 420 hp and is mated to a standard 10 speed automatic transmission. The big V8 moves the big Escalade with ease and actually feels quick. It is rated at 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the freeway.

The second and third rows in the new 2021 Escalade fold nearly flat and has more than 28.5% more cargo volume than the previous generation.

You can’t expect any better than that for a vehicle of that size, but Cadillac has an ace up its sleeve. There is an optional 3 liter turbo diesel option that has the same torque as the gas motor and is rated at 20 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. Those are impressive numbers and we hope to get our hands on the diesel soon.

The new Escalade is a remarkable vehicle, and it packs many standard features. To get one on your driveway, you will need a minimum of $77,490 in your bank account. We had the Platinum model that cost $102,995, and it had over $5000 worth of options which brought out the total price to $109,500. That is a lot of money and there are a lot of large SUVs for less money but the Cadillac engineers have worked very hard to build a luxury machine that can impress people and this does not disappoint.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Specs

$79,195 Starting Price (MSRP)

Engine 6.2L V8 Gas

Transmission 10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain Four-Wheel Drive

Body Type SUV

Seating capacity 7 seater

Trunk Volume TBC

Fuel Economy
City: 14 MPG
Hwy: 19 MPG

Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission
  • Engine 6.2L V8 Gas
  • Horsepower 420 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
  • Transmission 10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain Four-Wheel Drive
  • Steering Type Pwr
  • Turning Diameter 39.7 ft
  • Wheels Type Aluminum Wheels
  • Front Wheel Size 22″ x TBD
  • Rear Wheel Size 22″ x TBD
  • Front Tire 275/50R22SL
  • Rear Tire 275/50R22SL
  • Spare Tire 265/70R17SL

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy
  • Combined 16 MPG
  • City 14 MPG
  • Highway 19 MPG
Fuel Tank
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 24 gallons
  • Cruising Range City 336 miles
  • Cruising Range Highway 456 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions
  • Length 211.9 in
  • Height 76.7 in
  • Max Width 81.1 in
  • Wheelbase 120.9 in
Interior Space
  • Seating Capacity 7 seater
  • Front Seat Leg Room 44.5 in
  • Front Seat Headroom 42.3 in
  • Front Seat Shoulder Room 65.5 in
  • Front Seat Hip Room 61.7 in
  • Rear Seat Leg Room 41.7 in
  • Rear Seat Headroom 38.9 in
  • Rear Seat Shoulder Room 64.6 in
  • Rear Seat Hip Room 61.2 in
  • Third Row Leg Room 34.9 in
  • Third Row Headroom 38.2 in
  • Third Row Shoulder Room 62.7 in
  • Third Row Hip Room 49.4 in
Weight and Towing
  • Maximum Towing Capacity 7,500 lbs

Colors and Materials

Standard Interior Materials
  • Jet Black, Leatherette seating surfaces

Features and Options

  • HD Radio Standard
  • Bluetooth Connection Standard
  • Hard Disk Drive Media Storage Not Available
  • Premium Sound System Available
  • Satellite Radio Standard
  • Smart Device Integration Standard
  • WiFi Hotspot Standard
  • Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
  • Entertainment System Available
  • MP3 Player Not Available
Interior Trim
  • Bucket Seats
    Not Available
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
    Not Available
  • Premium Synthetic Seats
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim
  • Sun/Moonroof
    Not Available
  • Head-Up Display Not Available
  • Navigation System Available
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls Standard
  • Power Liftgate Standard
  • Power Mirror(s) Standard
  • A/C Standard
  • Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
  • Automatic Parking Not Available
  • Climate Control Standard
  • Cooled Front Seat(s) Not Available
  • Cooled Rear Seat(s) Not Available
  • Cruise Control Standard
  • Hands-Free Liftgate Standard
  • Heated Front Seat(s) Standard
  • Heated Rear Seat(s) Standard
  • Heated Steering Wheel Standard
  • Keyless Entry Standard
  • Multi-Zone A/C Standard
  • Power Driver Seat Standard
  • Power Passenger Seat Standard
  • Remote Engine Start Standard
  • Remote Trunk Release Standard
  • Seat Memory Standard
  • Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
  • Seat-Massage Not Available
  • Rear A/C Standard
  • Keyless Start Standard
  • Navigation from Telematics Not Available
  • Telematics Standard

Additional Packages

Livery Package

(A complimentary 36 month/150,000 mile Professional Vehicle Warranty will be received when option (ZR3) is ordered. Escalade models, to be eligible, must be delivered to a qualified funeral director, hotel/resort or for-hire Livery operator. When option (ZR3) is ordered, the Professional Vehicle Warranty replaces the 6 year/70,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.) Livery Package 36-month/150,000 mile Professional Vehicle Protection Plan when ordering a Livery Package1

LPO, All-Weather Floor Liner Package

includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd row coverage (Not available at this time. Included with (PDF) Floor Liner Package, LPO. Not available with (AAK) 1st and 2nd rows all-weather floor liner, LPO or (VAV) All-weather floor mats, LPO.) All-Weather Floor Liner Package, 1st, 2nd and 3rd rows Keep your interior protected from rain, snow and road dirt Deep-ribbed pattern collects and holds debris to ensure your vehicle stays clean Bright finish badge

LPO, Cargo Convenience Package

includes (VRS) rear cargo shade, LPO, (W2D) vertical cargo net, LPO and (VQQ) Black roof rack cross rails, LPO Cargo Convenience Package Cargo security shade Vertical cargo net Black roof rack cross rails

LPO, Floor Liner Package

includes (CAV) All-Weather integrated cargo liner, LPO and (RIB) All-Weather Floor Liner Package, 1st, 2nd and 3rd rows, LPO (Not available at this time. Not available with (PDH) Interior Protection Package, LPO or (AAK) 1st and 2nd rows All-weather floor liner, LPO.) Floor Liner Package All-weather floor liner, all rows All-weather integrated cargo liner


Safety Features
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
    Not Available
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Blind Spot Monitor
    Not Available
  • Lane Departure Warning
    Not Available
  • Lane Keeping Assist
    Not Available
  • ABS
  • Night Vision
    Not Available
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Brake Assist
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Knee Air Bag
    Not Available
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
    Not Available
  • Seatbelt Air Bag
    Not Available


Warranty Summary
  • Basic
    4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion
    4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain
    6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note
    1 Year/1 Visit
  • Roadside Assistance
    6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through
    6 Years / Unlimited Miles
  • Warranty Note
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty
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