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A large SUV full of power and luxury.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review | CarMax

If you're looking for a luxury SUV, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a great choice as it's full of great equipment from the base level, with plenty more high-end touches as you climb the trims. Part of the fourth generation introduced in 2015, the 2020 Escalade marries striking style with a vast, comfortable interior and plenty of pulling power under the hood.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Cadillac Escalades on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Cadillac Escalade with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Cadillac Escalade at CarMax.

  • 2015 - Average price less than $44,5001
  • 2016 - Average price less than $48,5001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $52,5001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $56,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Cadillac Escalade review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Cadillac Escalade with either two or four-wheel drive, the 6.2L V8 engine, and ten-speed automatic transmission can achieve an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • Up to 15.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row seats
  • Up to 51.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with third-row seats folded
  • Up to 94.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with second- and third-row seats folded
2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Cargo | CarMax

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2020 Cadillac Escalade's towing capacity is up to an estimated 8,300 lbs. with the 6.2L V8 engine and two-wheel drive when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Seats seven passengers
  • Up to 172 cubic feet of total passenger volume

Engine Options:

  • 6.2L V8 engine capable of 420 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque

Tech Features:

  • Automatic parallel and perpendicular parking assist
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Bose 16-speaker sound system
  • Power-adjustable heated front-row seats
  • Power-folding split-third-row seats
  • Hands-free liftgate

Rankings

The Cadillac Escalade has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons To Buy

1. Vast Amount of Equipment as Standard

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade comes tremendously well-equipped from the base model up. A multitude of features and technology you might have expected to only find on higher trim levels all come standard with the 2020 Cadillac Escalade. These include driver assist features, power-adjustable front seats and power-folding rear seats, surround-view parking, and a Bose 16-speaker sound system. All of this and more is waiting for you the moment you step inside your 2020 Cadillac Escalade.

2. Top-Level Luxury Features

If you get all that with the base model 2020 Cadillac Escalade, what can you expect from the premium trim levels? If you're really looking to go all-out to maximize your luxury SUV experience, the range-topping Premium Luxury and Platinum trims are the models to keep an eye out for. On the Premium Luxury trim, you'll get access to adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation systems including front and reverse automatic braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player and an overhead mounted display. On the top-of-the-range Platinum model, you get massage-function front seats, power-retracting side steps, a cooled front-seat center console, and premium leather upholstery. These trims will give you an incredibly lavish experience whenever you're behind the wheel of your 2020 Cadillac Escalade.

3. Powerful V8 Engine

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Engine | CarMax

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade offers you a very simple choice in terms of engines—just the one V8. But when the engine is this good, what else would you need? That one engine is a 6.2L V8 engine mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and good for an impressive 420 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. With those kinds of figures, you'll never find yourself lacking when it comes to accelerating on inclines or in the passing lane.

4. Spacious Interior

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Back Seats | CarMax

If you're interested in a large SUV, a spacious cabin is likely a deciding factor. And when it comes to space, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade has plenty to give you. As well as being able to seat seven, you'll get a whopping 172 cubic feet of total passenger volume—meaning even if all seven seats are occupied, none of your passengers will be lacking for room to comfortably stretch out in. Additionally, 15.2 cubic feet of luggage volume should be enough for most of your regular grocery shopping, but the option to fold down the third-row seats and increase that volume up to a vast 51.6 cubic feet means that even bigger loads, like furniture or family luggage, can be swallowed up with ease.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Third Row | CarMax

5. Strong Towing Capacity

As we mentioned above, the engine and power it'll provide you with is definitely a strong suit of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade. And one of the strongest characteristics it offers is an impressive towing capacity if you own a small boat, camper, or any other kind of trailer. With the 6.2L engine and ten-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade can offer you a towing capacity of an estimated 8,300 lbs. with two-wheel-drive when properly equipped.3 Four-wheel drive models with the same engine offer a towing capacity of an estimated 8,100 lbs. when properly equipped.3


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Base: Includes a hands-free liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a surround-view parking camera system, a Bose 16-speaker sound system, and more.
  • Luxury: Includes a sunroof, power-folding second-row seats, a rearview mirror camera, the Driver Awareness suite of driver-convenience features, and more.
  • Premium Luxury: Includes adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player and overhead mounted display, and more.
  • Platinum: Includes a cooled front-seat center console, massage-function front seats, power-retracting side steps, and enhanced leather upholstery.

Available Colors

  • Black Raven
  • Crystal White Tricoat
  • Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic
  • Dark Mocha Metallic
  • Radiant Silver Metallic
  • Red Passion Tintcoat
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Shadow Metallic

Interior

  • Seats up to seven passengers
  • 172 cubic feet of total passenger volume
  • 15.2 cubic feet of cargo volume; expands to 51.6 cubic feet with third-row seats folded
  • Heated front and rear seats as standard
  • Power-adjustable front seats as standard
2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Front Seats | CarMax

Average CarMax Prices1

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Cadillac Escalade.

  • 2015 - Average price less than $44,5001
  • 2016 - Average price less than $48,5001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $52,5001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $56,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Cadillac Escalade, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:RepairPal | CarMax

Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade4

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Cadillac Escalades with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Cadillac Escalade.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 2.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $1007

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Cadillac Escalade

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Cadillac Escalade, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Chevrolet Tahoe

On the lookout for a spacious, practical, and powerful large SUV? Look no further than the Chevrolet Tahoe. Part of the fourth generation introduced in 2015, 2017–2019 Chevrolet Tahoes have room to seat you and eight other passengers inside. Meanwhile, the standard 5.3L V8 engine featured on all models and coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission gets you 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This gives recent Chevrolet Tahoe models an impressive towing capacity; in two-wheel-drive form, the 2017 Tahoe offers a towing capacity of up to 8,600 lbs. with the V8 when properly equipped.3 And as for equipment, 2017–2019 models offer the following features as standard:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Trailer hitch receiver with wiring harness
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • OnStar® communication with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot5

GMC Yukon

Elsewhere in the General Motors lineup of large SUVs is the stylish and well-equipped GMC Yukon. Part of the fourth generation of Yukon models introduce in 2015, 2017–2019 Yukons can seat up to nine passengers when equipped with the optional front bench seat on the SLE. The standard 5.3L engine with six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive can offer an estimated 8,400-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.3 Standard features on 2017–2019 Yukons include:

  • Cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Bose nine-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • OnStar communications with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot5

Chevrolet Suburban

If you're after a lavish interior in your large SUV, the Chevrolet Suburban aims to please. Part of the eleventh generation introduced in 2015, 2017–2019 models offer seating for up to nine passengers and an excellent amount of luggage space. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban has an impressive 39.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the rear which expands up to 76.7 cubic feet with third-row seats folded down and a gargantuan 121.7 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. And as for standard equipment, 2017–2019 Suburbans offer plenty of that too, including:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-inch touchscreen interface
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Six-speaker sound system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration
  • OnStar communications with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot5

The Bottom Line

Want a large vehicle that makes you feel like a VIP every time you turn the key? The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is your pick. It offers presence and style in abundance, as well as plenty of pulling power from under the hood and a feature list packed with luxury and convenience equipment across all trims.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of December 1, 2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
5OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information.
Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.