2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine

 It's easier than ever to recommend the Escalade. The Cadillac Escalade's starting price is very close to that of competitors such as the Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GLS, but it exudes value in comparison due to its long list of standard features. With plenty of passenger space, plenty of cargo space, and some of the best technology in the class, it's difficult to beat this Cadillac.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine

Cadillac's largest SUV is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower and the ability to deactivate half of its cylinders while cruising to save fuel, or a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. Both engines will come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and buyers will be able to choose between rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations based on their specific needs. The 2021 Escalade, like its siblings, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon, now rides on an all-new platform with an independent rear suspension to help provide a smoother ride.

Air suspension with adaptive dampers that use computer-controlled shock absorbers is also available on higher-end models. The long-wheelbase Escalade ESV with the V-8 engine reached 60 mph in 5.9 seconds on our test track. The diesel engine sounds less refined than the V-8, but for some buyers, the improved fuel economy and low-end torque are worth the trade-off.

Cadillac Escalade Gas Mileage

The fuel economy of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a little below average for the luxury large SUV class. This Caddy gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway with the base engine and rear-wheel drive. The Escalade gets 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway when equipped with four-wheel drive. Models equipped with a diesel engine get 20-21 mpg in the city and 26-27 mpg on the highway.