2015 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

While the Cadillac is unique in its truck-based capability at the upper end of the luxury SUV segment, there are several smart and seductive alternatives, including the GMC Yukon, an SUV so closely related to the Escalade in mechanical fundamentals, it makes the decision largely one of price and taste. The Mercedes-Benz GL Class may be the Escalade's closest natural competitor in terms of capability, and capacity.

It can also be configured to be either more efficient (though less powerful) in diesel form, or even more powerful (and luxurious) in AMG trim.

It's considerably smaller than the Escalade, though.

It's comparable to the Land Rover Range Rover--though the Range Rover doesn't even have a third-row seat, it has the Benz and 'Slade beat in heritage and in off-road prowess.

The Infiniti QX80--formerly the QX56--competes well enough in interior space, towing, and output with the Escalade, but it's a virtual unknown in this set, even before its recent name change. The aging Lincoln Navigator has, historically, been the Escalade's closest competitor.

Its more conservative look can be more appealing to some tastes, but it's of a different era when compared to the new offering from Cadillac.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade promises--and delivers--more of everything a full-size luxury SUV buyer could want.
7.8
The 2015 GMC Yukon unleashes the power of the straight edge--and of GM's new 420-hp V-8.
9.2
The 2015 Range Rover is the most advanced and luxurious model yet from Land Rover, combining modern styling and convenience with classic ruggedness and off-road prowess.
8.0
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator polishes its user interface with EcoBoost and MyLincoln Touch--but for some, its size is still its killer app.
8.6
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers the most Mercedes luxury to the most people, with a pleasant ride and easy driving dynamics to boot.
MSRP From    
$72,970$47,740$83,495$61,920$63,600
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Standard2WD 4-Door SLE4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
79577
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4MATIC
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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