2011 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Lincoln Navigator remains the Escalade's main rival, but it feels very conservatively styles next to the Cadillac, inside and out.

Also, the Escalade's V-8 completely outpowers and outclasses the 5.4-liter in the Navigator, which can't move it with the authority its image conjures.

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, but their on-road handling suffers.

Among all of these—even the Mercedes—none has the reputation, recognition, and straight-out curb appeal that the Escalade has in most U.S.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade delivers solid, luxurious, and spacious accommodations with an advanced feature set. If you can live with the thirst of non-Hybrid models, it's unbeatable.
7.4
The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is large and lavish, in a uniquely American way, though its powertrains are a step behind those of rival truck-based SUVs.
9.0
A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
MSRP From  
$63,455$57,630$60,950
Gas Mileage  
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class  
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
777
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic