2020 Maserati Levante vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Levante has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Levante. But it costs extra on the Escalade.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Levante’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Levante uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Levante and the Escalade 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, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Levante have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

Engine

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The Levante S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 4 more horsepower (424 vs. 420) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8. The Levante GTS’ standard 3.8 turbo V8 produces 130 more horsepower (550 vs. 420) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (538 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8. The Levante Trofeo’s standard 3.8 turbo V8 produces 170 more horsepower (590 vs. 420) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (538 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Maserati Levante is faster than the Cadillac Escalade:

Levante

Levante S

Escalade

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

4.9 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.2 MPH

101.9 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Levante with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade 4WD (15 city/21 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Levante’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The Levante Trofeo’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Escalade doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Levante’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

15 inches

13 inches

The Levante stops much shorter than the Escalade:

Levante

Escalade

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Levante’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s standard 55 series tires. The Levante’s optional 265/35R22 front and 295/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Escalade’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Maserati Levante has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Levante uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Levante’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Escalade doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Levante’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Escalade (118.3 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Levante S handles at .91 G’s, while the Escalade 4WD pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Levante S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Escalade 4WD (25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Levante’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Escalade’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Levante has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (9.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Levante to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Maserati Levante may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1050 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Levante is 6.9 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Levante easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Levante is 8.3 inches shorter in height than the Escalade, making the Levante much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the Levante’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Escalade uses body-on-frame design instead.

Cargo Capacity

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The Levante has a much larger cargo volume than the Escalade with its rear seat up (19.4 vs. 15.2 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Levante. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Levante’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Escalade’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Levante’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Levante to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Escalade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Levante offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Levante’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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