2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. 2019 Lexus LX 570

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Escalade ESV and LX 570 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade ESV has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The LX 570’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade ESV are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Escalade ESV has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The LX 570 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The LX 570 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Escalade ESV and the LX 570 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, around view monitors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade ESV’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade ESV first among large premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 37 more horsepower (420 vs. 383) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade ESV is faster than the Lexus LX 570:

Escalade ESV

LX 570

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Escalade ESV 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570 (14 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade ESV’s fuel efficiency. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade ESV has 6.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LX 570 (31 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escalade ESV has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac Escalade ESV, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the LX 570.

Brakes and Stopping

The Escalade ESV stops shorter than the LX 570:

Escalade ESV

LX 570

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Escalade ESV’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LX 570’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade ESV offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LX 570’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Cadillac Escalade ESV’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lexus LX 570 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Escalade ESV has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The LX 570 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade ESV’s wheelbase is 17.8 inches longer than on the LX 570 (130 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade ESV is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the LX 570.

The Escalade ESV 4WD handles at .76 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade ESV 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the LX 570 (27.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Escalade ESV uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade ESV uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570.

Escalade ESV

LX 570

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

45 cubic feet

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570 Two-Row.

Escalade ESV

LX 570

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

32.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area is larger than the LX 570’s in almost every dimension:

Escalade ESV

LX 570

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

31.6”/63.6”/100.3”

15.6”/46”/66.8”

Min Width

49.3”

40”

Height

34.9”

43”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Escalade ESV’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The LX 570 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Escalade ESV’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escalade ESV’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

The Escalade ESV’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the LX 570’s (7900 vs. 7000 pounds).

The Escalade ESV has a higher standard payload capacity than the LX 570 (1390 vs. 1280 lbs.).

The Escalade ESV has a higher maximum payload capacity than the LX 570 (1440 vs. 1280 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Escalade ESV and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Escalade ESV is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escalade ESV’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Escalade ESV has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the LX 570.

The Escalade ESV’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The LX 570 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Escalade ESV is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Escalade ESV owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escalade ESV will cost $1870 to $4325 less than the LX 570 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade ESV third among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Lexus LX 570 by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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