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A luxury SUV with brawny performance.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review | CarMax

Loaded with premium features and an abundance of technology, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade makes everyday drives feel luxurious. Whether shuttling family, on the road for business, or heading out of town, this three-row SUV boasts a comfortable cabin with incredible capacity, as well as strong engine performance so you can pass, merge, and even tow with confidence.

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 of prior model year Cadillac Escalades.1

  • 2015 - Average price less than $41,5001
  • 2016 - Average price less than $44,5001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $49,5001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $53,5001

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

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Cadillac Escalade with 2WD and the 6.2L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.2
  • The 2020 Cadillac Escalade with 4WD and the 6.2L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • 15.2 cu-ft behind the third row
  • 39.3 cu-ft behind the third row (ESV model)
  • 51.6 cu-ft by folding the third row
  • 76.7 cu-ft by folding the third row (ESV model)
  • 94.2 cu-ft by folding the second and third row
  • 120.9 cu-ft by folding the second and third row (ESV model)

Towing Capacity:

  • The towing capacity of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade with the 6.2L V8 and 2WD is an estimated 8,300 lbs., when properly equipped.3
  • The towing capacity of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade with the 6.2L V8 and 4WD is an estimated 8,100 lbs., when properly equipped.3
  • The towing capacity of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV with the 6.2L V8 and 2WD is an estimated 8,100 lbs., when properly equipped.3
  • The towing capacity of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV with the 6.2L V8 and 4WD is an estimated 7,900 lbs., when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Standard seven-passenger seating.
  • Eight-passenger seating with the optional second-row bench seat.

Engine Options:

  • All 2020 Cadillac Escalades use a 6.2L V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and voice recognition
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Wireless charging
  • Camera-based rearview mirror (Luxury and higher trims)
  • 16-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® surround sound system

Rankings

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

5 Reasons To Buy

1. Muscular Performance

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Engine | CarMax

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade's 420-hp 6.2L V8 provides excellent power, whether pulling your trailer or carpooling kids to baseball practice. The engine pairs to a 10-speed automatic transmission with 2WD or available 4WD if you want an SUV that can navigate tricky conditions. Regardless of the drivetrain, the 2020 Escalade's 6.2L V8 can fly from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new), making it very light on its feet for a body-on-frame SUV. With an estimated towing capacity of 8,300 lbs., when properly equipped, with the 6.2L V8 and 2WD, the 2020 Escalade is also a skilled hauler.3

2. Generous Cabin Space

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Back Seats | CarMax

If you need a three-row SUV with room for people and belongings, the Escalade has a big cabin that you'll love. 2020 models come standard with seven-passenger seating, but the available second-row bench seat increases capacity to eight passengers. With all rows in place, you'll have 15.2 cu-ft of cargo volume for groceries and school bags (non-ESV model). However, capacity expands to 51.6 cubes by folding the third row or to 94.2 cubes with both rear rows folded (non-ESV model), giving you extra cargo space for your camping gear.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Third Row | CarMax

3. Extended-Length ESV

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Cargo | CarMax

Need more stretch-out space and room for cargo? Bigger is better with the extended-length Cadillac Escalade ESV. Available on all 2020 trims, the ESV's wheelbase is 14 inches longer than the standard Escalade and boasts a greater overall length of 20 inches. With its elongated dimensions, you get almost 10 inches of extra legroom so adults can comfortably ride in the third row. The ESV also more than doubles cargo space behind the third row with 39.3 cu-ft of volume to carry coolers and sand toys for a day at the beach.

4. Luxury Appointments

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Front Seats | CarMax

With the Cadillac Escalade interior, luxury and sophistication are always in reach. Supple leather upholstery and authentic wood trim appoint every 2020 model. There's also standard 12-way power-adjustable ventilated and heated seats, which provide year-round comfort for you and your front-seat passenger. The standard 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound system makes every ride an auditory experience, while second- and third-row passengers can enjoy an available rear-seat entertainment system on long road trips. Even loading the cargo area feels like a valet-worthy experience with the standard hands-free power liftgate and power-folding third row on all 2020 Escalade models.

5. Abundant Technology

2020 Cadillac Escalade Review:Dash | CarMax

The Cadillac Escalade offers many high-tech features to enhance your time behind the wheel. All 2020 models come standard with a surround-view parking camera system that provides a bird's-eye view when in reverse or driving at low speeds. Stepping up to the 2020 Cadillac Escalade Luxury adds more helpful features, like a color head-up display and camera-based rearview mirror for better visibility. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and reverse automatic braking are also included on the 2020 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury and Platinum trims for extra confidence on your drive.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Base: Includes 20-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, eight-inch touchscreen with embedded navigation, a surround-view parking camera system, and more.
  • Luxury: Adds 22-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, color head-up display, camera-based rearview mirror, driver awareness aids, and more.
  • Premium Luxury: Adds front LED cornering lamps, rear-seat entertainment system, illuminating door handles, driver assist aids, and more.
  • Platinum: Adds 22-inch alloy wheels with silver metallic finish, semi-aniline leather upholstery in first and second rows, 18-way adjustable front seats with massage, power-retractable assist steps, leather-wrapped instrument panel and console, and more.

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

  • Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and more
  • 120.9 cu-ft of maximum cargo volume (ESV model)
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row bucket seats
  • Power-folding third row

Average CarMax Prices

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 $41,5001
  • 2016 - Average price less than $44,5001
  • 2017 - Average price less than $49,0001
  • 2018 - Average price less than $53,5001

Similar Model Years

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

Similar Vehicles

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

Cadillac XT5

If you're shopping for an SUV with comfortable seating and a well-balanced ride, the Cadillac XT5 is great for commuting or longer hauls. This five-passenger model uses a 3.6L V6 to generate 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque (2017–2019 models). An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive come standard, but all-wheel-drive is optional on Luxury and Premium Luxury trims and standard on the Platinum. Whether on the highway or darting through the city, the 2017–2019 XT5 feels light on its feet with good cornering and crisp steering. You'll find these standard features on base 2017–2019 XT5 models:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power liftgate with height memory
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Cadillac XT6

Rolling onto the scene in 2020 is the three-row Cadillac XT6. This midsize SUV boasts a quiet cabin with a standard seven-passenger configuration or you can choose available second-row captain's chairs for six passengers and more elbow room. With 78.7 cu-ft of maximum cargo space behind the first row, the 2020 XT6 is a handy hauler at the home improvement store. The 2020 XT6's 310-hp 3.6L V6 and a nine-speed automatic transmission also deliver ample power for merging or passing on the highway. The 2020 XT6 Sport trim dials up the fun with an adaptive damping performance suspension and these standard features:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Twin-clutch Sport Control AWD
  • High-gloss black grille
  • Tinted neutral-density taillamp lenses
  • Carbon fiber accents and interior decor

Cadillac XT4

With its smaller footprint, the Cadillac XT4 is a great option for meetings in the city or nights on the town. Unveiled in 2019, this luxury subcompact SUV features handsome exterior styling and a plush cabin that comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. A 237-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder anchors all 2019 models and returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive.2 Your rear-seat passengers will also enjoy 39.5 inches of legroom or you can fold the 60/40 flat-folding second-row seats to carry up to 48.9 cu-ft of cargo for weekend getaways. The 2019 XT4 Premium Luxury trim comes standard with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power remote liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver memory settings
  • Blind-spot monitoring

The Bottom Line

If you're shopping for a truck-based SUV with posh accommodations, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade combines brawn with beauty. With its spacious and upscale cabin, you'll feel like a VIP each time you climb inside, while the Escalade's robust engine performance and strong hauling capabilities give you the power you need to tow, explore, and enjoy your drive.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, 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.
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