2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. 2019 Nissan Armada

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Safety

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The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Armada doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Escalade ESV and Armada 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 Armada’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.

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 Armada doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac Escalade ESV is safer than the Nissan Armada:

Escalade ESV

Armada

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

43%

Neck Stress

248 lbs.

377 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

95 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

67/444 lbs.

877/369 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

228

255

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

38%

Neck Stress

112 lbs.

251 lbs.

Neck Compression

65 lbs.

153 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

133/565 lbs.

509/594 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac Escalade ESV is safer than the Nissan Armada:

Escalade ESV

Armada

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Escalade ESV comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Armada’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade ESV 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Armada. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Armada ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Escalade ESV’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Armada’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Escalade ESV has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Armada’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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

Engine

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The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 30 more horsepower (420 vs. 390) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade ESV is faster than the Nissan Armada:

Escalade ESV

Armada

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escalade gets better fuel mileage than the Armada:

MPG

Escalade

FWD

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/23 hwy

AWD

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/21 hwy

Armada

FWD

5.6 DOHC V8

14 city/19 hwy

AWD

5.6 DOHC V8

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 Armada doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade ESV has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Armada (31 vs. 26 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 Armada doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac Escalade ESV, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Armada.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Escalade ESV stops shorter than the Armada:

Escalade ESV

Armada

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escalade ESV has larger standard tires than the Armada (275/55R20 vs. 265/70R18). The Escalade ESV’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Armada (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Escalade ESV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Escalade ESV’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade ESV has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Armada SV. The Escalade ESV’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Armada SL/Platinum.

Suspension and Handling

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The Escalade ESV has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Armada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade ESV’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the Armada (130 inches vs. 121.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade ESV is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Armada.

The Escalade ESV 4WD handles at .76 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .71 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 Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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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 Armada 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 Armada doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Escalade ESV has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, 1 inch more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 6.1 inches more third row legroom, .5 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Armada.

Cargo Capacity

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

Escalade ESV

Armada

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

16.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

49.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

95.4 cubic feet

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

The Escalade ESV’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

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 Armada doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Escalade ESV has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Armada doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 48% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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The Escalade ESV Luxury/Premium Luxury/Platinum has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Armada doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Escalade ESV and the Armada 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 Armada prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Escalade ESV’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Armada’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Escalade ESV’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Armada SV’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Escalade ESV Luxury/Premium Luxury/Platinum detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Armada doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Escalade ESV’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Armada SL/Platinum.

The Escalade ESV’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Armada’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 is only available on the Armada Platinum.

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 Armada doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade ESV is less expensive to operate than the Armada because typical repairs cost less on the Escalade ESV than the Armada, including $188 less for a starter and $117 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Nissan Armada by 13% during 2018.

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