2010 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2010 Cadillac Escalade
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Lincoln Navigator is the Escalade's main rival, but its styling can feel a little old-fashioned next to that of the Cadillac; it forgoes a flashy appearance for more conservative details.

Additionally, the V-8 engine that powers the Navigator provides adequate performance but comes up short compared to the Escalade.

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

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.

On top of this, none of these vehicles arguably have the reputation, recognition, and straight-out curb appeal that the Escalade still enjoys in some circles.

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler Aspen
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2008 Infiniti QX56 2008 INFINITI QX56
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2008 Lexus LX 5702008 Lexus LX 570
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2008 Lincoln Navigator 2WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2008 Lincoln Navigator
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2008 Mercedes Benz GL Class 4.6L2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade is big, brawny, and very thirsty; yet with segment-leading performance and unrivaled style, the Escalade is hard to beat.
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.
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 misses the mark for a lot of practical reasons, but it can tow a Chris Craft in high style.
The 2008 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with worthwhile technology, but it's not as distinctive as a Range Rover or an Escalade.
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator has more going for it than bling.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6
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N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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2WD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door LimitedRWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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