2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV

What’s new

  • Fully redesigned for 2021
  • More interior space, especially for rear passengers
  • New driver aids, including Cadillac's Super Cruise
  • Part of the fifth Escalade generation introduced for 2021

Pros & Cons

  • An extensive suite of standard and optional driver safety aids
  • Optional diesel engine a class-exclusive
  • Significantly more interior space than outgoing model
  • New interior design is among best in the class
  • Lacks off-road prowess of some rivals
  • Large footprint makes it difficult to park
MSRP Starting at
$79,195

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2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

For the past few years we've ranked the Lincoln Navigator as one of the best large SUVs you can buy. Its traditional rival, the Escalade, hasn't fared as well. But the balance of power might be shifting with the debut of the fully redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV. The ESV is the long-wheelbase version of the Escalade, which means it has more rear-seat space and cargo space than the regular Escalade.

The fifth-generation Escalade follows the related GMC Yukon XL and Chevrolet Suburban to market and benefits from a lot of the same changes. Most notably, all of these SUVs get a new independent rear suspension that promises a smoother ride and increased interior space. The Escalade ESV also packs new technology features, including Cadillac's Super Cruise, which is one of the best semi-automated driving systems around, and a sharp-looking display that spans most of the dashboard.

Which Escalade ESV does Edmunds recommend?

The base Luxury trim comes well equipped, but we suggest going for the midgrade Escalade ESV Premium Luxury model. While it isn't as well equipped as the higher-grade trims, it offers a wider array of optional features than the base Luxury model, including Super Cruise and an adaptive air suspension.

Cadillac Escalade ESV models

The 2021 Escalade ESV is a three-row large luxury SUV that comes in five trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum. The Escalade seats up to eight with the second-row bench seat. The optional captain's chairs drop the count to seven.

All Escalade ESVs come standard with a 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft) and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional. Also optional is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine (277 hp, 460 lb-ft). While it likely won't be as quick as the gas engine, the diesel should net better fuel efficiency and superior towing capability. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Luxury
Standard features for this base trim include:

  • Full leather seating
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • A dash-spanning 16.9-inch infotainment screen and a 14.2-inch instrument cluster
  • Keyless and ignition with remote start
  • Heated front and rear outboard seats
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • A 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Premium Luxury
Includes those features and opens up the options list with available features such as:

  • Driver Assist Tech package
    • Adaptive cruise control can speed up and slow down the vehicle with traffic
    • Soft-close doors that catch as they're being closed and are gently pulled shut
  • Performance package
    • Revised suspension
    • Trailer hitch assist that helps when lining up a trailer
    • Trailer brake controller that helps control a trailer when on the road
  • A Heavy-Duty Trailering package
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • Adaptive air suspension (can raise or lower the vehicle to help with loading)

Premium Luxury Platinum
Comes with most options as standard equipment but adds:

  • Massaging front seats
  • Leather-wrapped instrument panel, console and upper door panels

The Sport and Sport Platinum trims' features and options generally mirror those on the Escalade ESV Premium Luxury and Premium Luxury Platinum, respectively. Visual touches such as wheels and gloss-black trim separate the models.

It's worth pointing out that Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-automated driving system is optional on all but the base Luxury and four-wheel-drive diesel models. Super Cruise allows for hands-free highway driving, though it's far from self-driving since drivers still need to have their eyes up and on the road ahead.


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    Features & Specs

    Sport Platinum 4dr SUV features & specs
    Sport Platinum 4dr SUV
    6.2L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$102,995
    MPG 15 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD
    6.2L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$105,995
    MPG 14 city / 19 hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Sport 4dr SUV 4WD
    6.2L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$91,595
    MPG 14 city / 19 hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD
    6.2L 8cyl 10A
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    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Escalade ESV safety features:

    Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
    Automatically applies the brakes when the vehicle determines a collision is imminent.
    Automatic Seat Belt Tightening
    Secures passengers by automatically tightening seat belts during emergency braking.
    Side Blind Zone Alert
    Illuminates a light in the sideview mirrors when sensors see a vehicle in the Escalade's blind spots.

    Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. the competition

    Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. Lincoln Navigator

    The Navigator L is the Escalade ESV's traditional rival, both in spirit and capability. Both are traditional truck-based SUVs swimming in a sea of more car-like crossover SUVs. The Navigator L was a revelation when it debuted a few years back, putting everyone from Cadillac to Mercedes-Benz on notice with its excellent interior, comfortable and quiet ride, and strong engine with high tow ratings. Even a few years on, it's one of our favorite SUVs around.

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    Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz GLS is our top-ranked luxury SUV. It combines class-leading technology features, powerful yet relatively fuel-efficient engines, and refined on-road manners in a handsome and quiet package. You get a lot of standard features on the GLS, but adding options jacks up the price in a hurry. Still, the S-Class of SUVs justifies its cost and is the current standard set by the segment.

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    Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. BMW X7

    The X7 is the first full-size luxury SUV from BMW, and it boasts a lineup of powerful engines, refined road manners, and a long list of standard and optional features. While we don't find the tech or driver aids on the level of what Mercedes or Cadillac offers, the X7 is a quiet, comfortable and well-appointed luxury SUV.

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    FAQ

    Is the Cadillac Escalade ESV a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Escalade ESV both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Cadillac Escalade ESV fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escalade ESV gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg to 17 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escalade ESV has 41.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac Escalade ESV. Learn more
    What's new in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV:

    • Fully redesigned for 2021
    • More interior space, especially for rear passengers
    • New driver aids, including Cadillac's Super Cruise
    • Part of the fifth Escalade generation introduced for 2021
    Learn more
    Is the Cadillac Escalade ESV reliable?
    To determine whether the Cadillac Escalade ESV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escalade ESV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escalade ESV's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Escalade ESV is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

    The least-expensive 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $79,195.

    Other versions include:

    • Sport Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $102,995
    • Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $105,995
    • Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $91,595
    • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $88,995
    • Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $102,995
    • Sport Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $105,995
    • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $85,995
    • Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $79,195
    • Sport 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $88,595
    • Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $82,195
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    What are the different models of Cadillac Escalade ESV?
    If you're interested in the Cadillac Escalade ESV, the next question is, which Escalade ESV model is right for you? Escalade ESV variants include Sport Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), and Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A). For a full list of Escalade ESV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV

    2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV Overview

    The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is offered in the following submodels: Escalade ESV SUV. Available styles include Sport Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Sport Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Sport 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), and Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Escalade ESV.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Escalade ESV featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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