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Maximum size, comfort and power.

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Sometimes, you just have to go big.

There are many reasons to choose a large SUV as your next car — space for passengers and cargo will never be a concern, and these vehicles often come with bold styling that takes advantage of their size.

If you are on the lookout for such a car, you've just found an ideal candidate. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ticks all of the boxes with a stylish, sharp exterior giving way to an ultra-spacious interior. Newly redesigned for 2021, the Cadillac Escalade offers eye-catching looks, strong engine choices, and a feature list packed full of driver convenience and comfort features. For those looking for maximum size, space, and presence, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a great choice.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Cadillac Escalades on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Cadillac Escalade with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Cadillac Escalade review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2021 Cadillac Escalade with the 6.2L V8 engine, ten-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, can achieve an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.1
  • In four-wheel drive configuration with the 6.2L V8 engine, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade can achieve an EPA-estimated 16 mpg combined.1
  • With the 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine and rear-wheel drive, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade can achieve an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

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  • The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has 25.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear third-row seats, and up to 72.9 cu-ft of cargo volume with third-row seats folded.
  • With both second and third-row seats folded flat, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has up to a total of 121 cu-ft of cargo volume.

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2021 Cadillac Escalade can tow an estimated 8,200 lbs with its 6.2L V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, when properly equipped.2

Seating Capacity:

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  • The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a seating capacity of up to eight passengers as standard.
  • With the optional second-row captain's chairs, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a seating capacity of up to seven passengers.
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Engine Options:

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  • The standard engine for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2L V8 engine, producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
  • Also included is an optional 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine, producing 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

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  • Heated front and rear outboard seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Dash-spanning 16.9-inch infotainment screen
  • 19-speaker AKG Studio sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Rankings

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

5 Reasons To Buy

1. Eye-Catching Style and Bold Lines

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You won't have any trouble finding the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in a crowded parking lot, and passers-by will be turning their heads as you drive by. From Crystal White to Black Raven, there's also an exterior color option to suit every style.

2. A Powerful, Potent Engine Is Standard

As standard, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes with a powerful 6.2L V8 engine, producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Right out of the box, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers all the power and hauling capabilities you'll need for daily driving duties. Not only does it offer fast, smooth acceleration, but it provides great pulling power, too. When properly equipped and in two-wheel drive configuration, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade can tow up to an estimated 8,200 lbs with its 6.2L engine.2

3. Optional Diesel Engine = Power and Practicality

Alongside the standard 6.2L V8 gas engine, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has an optional 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine available. Power output is 277 hp, with the exact same torque output as the gas engine at 460 lb-ft. Crucially though, you shouldn't need to take anywhere near as many trips to the pumps with this powerplant. The 3.0L diesel engine can achieve an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined in two-wheel drive configuration with the standard ten-speed automatic transmission, compared to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg with the 6.2L engine on the same drivetrain configuration.1

4. A Vast, Spacious Interior

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One of the main strengths of such a large SUV is, of course, a large spacious interior. And not only does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade deliver just that, but it maximizes the available space extremely well inside the redesigned body and cabin. There's seating for up to seven passengers as standard, with an optional bench second-row seat increasing that to eight if needed. And with a big 168.4 cu-ft of passenger volume, you and your crew will have plenty of room to stretch out and be comfortable on longer journeys. Additionally, there's 25.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats, and that can be expanded to a massive 121 cu-ft of cargo volume with both second and third-row seats folded.

5. A Jam-Packed Feature List

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Well-equipped doesn't begin to cover the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The base model trim is named Luxury, and they mean it. It comes standard with leather seating, a dash-spanning 16.9-inch infotainment screen, heated front and rear outboard seats, front and rear parking sensors, and tri-zone climate control. Elsewhere on the feature list, the Premium Luxury trim includes the Driver Assist Tech Package, featuring adaptive cruise control and soft-close doors, the Heavy-Duty Trailering system, and the Cadillac Super Cruise semi-automated driving system. For maximum driver convenience and comfort, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has all the features you'll need.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Luxury: Includes leather seats, 19-speaker AKG Studio sound system, heated front and rear outboard seats, tri-zone climate control, and more.
  • Premium Luxury: Adds Driver Assist Tech package, Performance Package, Heavy-Duty Trailering Package, Cadillac Super Cruise, and more.
  • Premium Luxury Platinum: Includes all previous features and adds massaging front seats, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel.

Available Colors

  • Black Raven
  • Crystal White Tricoat
  • Dark Mocha Metallic
  • Dark Moon Blue Metallic
  • Infrared Tintcoat
  • Sandstone Metallic
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Shadow Metallic

Interior

  • Three-row seating as standard
  • Seating for up to seven people as standard
  • With the optional second-row bench seat, seating capacity goes up to eight people
  • 168.4 cu-ft of passenger volume
  • 25.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats
  • 121 cu-ft of cargo volume with the third-row seats folded flat

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 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.3

  • 2015 — Average price less than $40,0003
  • 2016 — Average price less than $43,5003
  • 2017 — Average price less than $48,0003
  • 2018 — Average price less than $50,0003
  • 2019 — Average price less than $57,5003

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Safety

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Cadillac XT6

Introduced in 2020, the Cadillac XT6 offers three-row seating but in a crossover SUV package. All models of 2020 Cadillac XT6 come with a potent 3.6L V6 engine, producing 310 horsepower and capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined in both front and all-wheel drive configurations.1 Driver convenience and comfort are priorities for the XT6, with spacious seating and features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking included from standard. Other features available on standard 2020 Cadillac XT6 models include:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration
  • Wireless device charging pad
  • Parking sensors

Cadillac XT5

For those looking for a comfortable and well-equipped crossover SUV, here's one to add to your list. Introduced in 2017, the Cadillac XT5 offers a spacious two-row interior. The 2019 model offers a generous 30 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats—and up to 63 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. Combine that with a stylish, elegant exterior design, a potent 3.6L V6 engine producing 310 horsepower, and the option of all-wheel drive on every trim bar the base trim, and recent Cadillac XT5 models are an attractive proposition for those looking for a midsize crossover SUV. Standard features on 2017–2019 include:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration
  • Wireless device charging pad
  • Eight-speaker Bose® sound system.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Want a practical and luxurious midsize SUV that can also get the heart racing like a performance sedan? Look no further than the exciting Land Rover Range Rover Sport. It offers everything you could want from a midsize SUV, including a third-row pair of seats to increase passenger capacity from five to seven, and all-wheel drive as standard across the lineup. Available on 2017–2019 models is a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine, offering up to 518 horsepower in standard configuration and up to a whopping 575 horsepower on top-of-the-range SVR trims. Also available is a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine, producing 254 horsepower and capable of an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined on 2019 models.1 All recent models include standard features such as:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen.

The Bottom Line

The Cadillac Escalade has always been regarded as one of the premier full-size SUVs in its class, and with the 2021 model it continues to lead from the front. Signature styling, endless space inside to recline in comfort and fit your cargo, and formidable pulling power all make the 2021 Cadillac Escalade a perfect pick to make everyday family driving an absolute breeze. Big and sleek on the outside, comfortable and inviting on the inside - that's what makes the 2021 Cadillac Escalade a great choice that deserves your attention.

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1Fuel 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.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Based on prices on carmax.com from January 2, 2019 to June 4, 2020. 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.
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