2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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Safety

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The Cayenne Coupe has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Escalade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Cayenne Coupe 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 Cayenne Coupe and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Cayenne Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Escalade’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Cayenne S Coupe’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 14 more horsepower (434 vs. 420) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 35 more horsepower (455 vs. 420) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 121 more horsepower (541 vs. 420) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 250 more horsepower (670 vs. 420) and 203 lbs.-ft. more torque (663 vs. 460) than the Escalade’s 6.2 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

MPGe

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

Electric Motor

45 city/37 hwy

Turbo S Electric Motor

34 city/46 hwy

Escalade

MPG

RWD

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/20 hwy

AWD

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/19 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

MPG

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

E-Hybrid 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/22 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/23 hwy

S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/22 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/19 hwy

Escalade

RWD

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/20 hwy

AWD

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/19 hwy

The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Escalade must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escalade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 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 Cayenne Coupe’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

Cayenne

Cayenne S

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne opt.

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.4 inches

16.3 inches

17.3 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

14.4 inches

16.1 inches

13.6 inches

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Escalade doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Escalade doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escalade (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 275/50R22).

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s standard 50 series tires. The Cayenne Coupe’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Escalade’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne Coupe offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Escalade doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne Coupe offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Cadillac doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Escalade.

Chassis

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The Porsche Cayenne Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 950 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Cayenne Coupe is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Cayenne Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cayenne Coupe is 10.7 inches shorter in height than the Escalade, making the Cayenne Coupe much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction lowers the Cayenne Coupe’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.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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