The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious full-size SUVs in the United States. Besides having ample interior space and powerful capabilities, this high-end family vehicle boasts industry-leading technologies. From the OLED screens to a 36-speaker audio system, consumers will find lots of exclusive amenities inside this three-row model.
What's New for 2021?
Available in five models, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers an array of deluxe interior and exterior options. The Luxury base trim is equipped with the signature Cadillac OLED Display, which includes three different visual interfaces. Designed by the AKG Studio brand, the car's audio system includes 19 premium speakers with the Conversation Enhancement and Navigation Rendering functions. Measuring 22 inches in diameter, 14-spoke wheels with the Bright Silver paint are standard on this entry-level trim.
The 2021 Escalade Premium Luxury comes standard with a panoramic power sunroof, which includes an express open/close function and the Sun Shade Control. A 36-speaker with the AKG Studio label and the 3D Surround technology is optional for this lavish Cadillac SUV. The Content Theft Deterrent System and the Inclination Sensor are some other upgrades.
When upgrading to the Sport edition, drivers will get the standard Magnetic Ride Control that stabilizes the entire chassis on rough roads. This mid-tier model also has the Electronic Limited-Slip Differential for enhanced traction. Additionally, the Hitch Guidance with Hitch View provides excellent visual utility for towing. The driver may take advantage of the Trailering Apps to monitor important performance parameters relating to towing.
The Premium Luxury Platinum comes standard with the Rear Entertainment System, which consists of dual 12.6-inch HD monitors and wireless headphones. This high-end Cadillac SUV is supported by the Adaptive Air Suspension System, which guarantees a pleasant ride on paved roads or rough trails. This class-leading suspension is part of the Driver Assist Tech Package, which includes illuminated sill plates, soft-close doors and several active safety technologies. Offering a superb combination of luxury and performance, the Sport Platinum claims the highest level on the 2021 Escalade's lineup.
Whipping out 420 horsepower, the 2021 Escalade's 6.2 L V8 engine burns premium unleaded gasoline. When working at 4,100 RPM, this eight-cylinder powertrain produces 460 pound-feet of torque. Running on the signature Duramax platform, a 3.0 L turbocharged engine is optional on this full-size Cadillac SUV. Important ratings of this diesel-burning powertrain are 460 lb-ft and 277 hp.
This family vehicle is powerful enough to tow an 8,200-pound trailer over long distances. The Heavy-Duty Trailering Package optimizes the vehicle's towing capabilities on highways. Some highlights of this bundle include a high-capacity cooling system and the Trailering Assist Guidelines for proper visual orientation.
Tuned for heavy-duty performance, a 10-speed automatic gearbox propels the 2021 Escalade. The driver could activate and deactivate the Tow/Haul Mode in the transmission. A 4WD system works well with the highly adaptive transmission, which supports downshift and upshift mechanisms through simple tapping gestures. Additionally, the Electronic Precision Shift is conveniently integrated into the center console.
Engineered to improve output in challenging conditions, the Performance Air Intake System is optional for the 2021 Escalade. An engine block heater is highly recommended for optimal performance on cold days. It's also possible to add a two-speed transfer case from Autotrac to this full-size Cadillac SUV. Carrying the Duralife label, heavy-duty brake rotors are also installed on this robust family vehicle.
The Automatic Stat-Stop function makes the 2021 Escalade more efficient than its predecessors. This fuel-saving technology may be manually deactivated by an electronic button in the dashboard. When equipped with a 2WD system, this full-size Cadillac SUV has a fuel economy of 20 MPG on the highway and 15 MPG in the city. The Automatic Vehicle Hold technology reduces excessive combustion when the vehicle goes uphill.
Safety and Security
The 2021 Escalade offers the Automatic Emergency Braking, which works at speeds of up to 50 MPH. This luxury Cadillac SUV has the Rear Pedestrian Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking for enhanced safety on urban roads with lots of crosswalks. With visual cues from the Rear Camera Mirror, the driver will be more aware of pedestrians, moving cars and other obstacles around the vehicle.
This high-end family car is available with the Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist, which provides guidance on steering and braking. The Front and Rear Park Assist will help the driver with parallel parking in narrow spots. Additionally, the HD Surround Vision provides detailed views of anything that's around the vehicle. Equipped with the class-exclusive Night Vision technology, this 2021 Cadillac model offers superb assistance for navigating dark roads.
The Cadillac OLED Display is without a doubt the most sophisticated technology inside the 2021 Escalade. A 7.2-inch control panel and 14.2-inch instrument cluster are part of this cutting-edge visual system. Measuring 16.9 inches, the infotainment touch screen is also the largest in the class. The OnStar & Cadillac Connected Services are readily available in the all-new multimedia system. A trial to SiriusXM 360L is included in the sophisticated infotainment console.
The 2021 Escalade's automatic climate control system has a tri-zone design. Wrapped in perforated leather, the car's front seats are heated and ventilated. A 1.5-kW air heating system is optional for extra comfort during the winter season. This luxury Cadillac SUV is equipped with a split-folding bench seat that has a power-release mechanism in the second row. A 60/40 bench seat is installed in the car's third row.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Cadillac Escalade MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.