2008 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2008 Cadillac Escalade
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Lincoln Navigator remains the Escalade's main competitor, but the Navigator has a stodgier look and feel; it forgoes a flashy appearance for more conservative details, but it rivals the Escalade in features.

In performance, the Navigator comes up short; its less powerful V-8 provides just adequate performance.

The Aspen offers a wide range of luxury features, but it's a half-size smaller than the Escalade yet isn't any less cumbersome to drive--or any more fuel-efficient.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a little more manageable, but it's not quite as roomy inside either.

Both the QX56 and the LX 570 have some measure of off-road ability and their on-road handling suffers.

None of these vehicles arguably has the reputation and recognition that the Escalade enjoys in some circles.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade is tops in performance, and it's hard to beat when you consider the weight of the 'Slade's image.
7.2
There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
8.2
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 misses the mark for a lot of practical reasons, but it can tow a Chris Craft in high style.
8.0
The 2008 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with worthwhile technology, but it's not as distinctive as a Range Rover or an Escalade.
8.2
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator has more going for it than bling.
9.0
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
MSRP From     
$55,990$32,905$52,450$74,700$48,745$53,400
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6
EPA Class     
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door LimitedRWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Drivetrain     
2WDRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
787877
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic