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The Escalade ESV’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Suburban doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade ESV offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Suburban doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Escalade ESV Premium/Platinum/Sport helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Suburban doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Escalade ESV has a standard HD Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Escalade ESV and the Suburban 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
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 Suburban’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 Chevrolet covers the Suburban. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Suburban ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Escalade ESV’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Suburban runs out after 100,000 miles.
The Escalade ESV’s 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8.
The Escalade ESV’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escalade ESV’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 Suburban doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better stopping power the Escalade ESV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Suburban:
For better traction, the Escalade ESV has larger tires than the Suburban (275/50R22 vs. 265/65R18).
The Escalade ESV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Suburban LS/LT’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade ESV has standard 22-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Suburban LS/LT.
For superior ride and handling, the Cadillac Escalade ESV 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 Chevrolet Suburban has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The Escalade ESV has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escalade ESV flat and controlled during cornering. The Suburban’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade ESV’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Suburban (134.1 inches vs. 130 inches).
The Escalade ESV has .9 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Suburban.
The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the Suburban.
Behind Third Seat
41.5 cubic feet
39.3 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
94.1 cubic feet
76.7 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
142.8 cubic feet
121.1 cubic feet
The Escalade ESV’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Suburban’s (7900 vs. 6000 pounds).
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 35% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Suburban LT/Premier, the Escalade ESV has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Escalade ESV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Suburban’s parking brake has to released manually.
The Escalade ESV’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Suburban’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the Escalade ESV the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Suburban can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 Suburban.
The Escalade ESV Platinum has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Suburban.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac Escalade ESV has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Suburban Premier offers wireless charging.
The Escalade ESV Premium/Platinum/Sport’s Adaptive Park Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Suburban doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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