2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. 2020 GMC Yukon XL

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL 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.

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 Yukon XL’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 GMC covers the Yukon XL. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL runs out after 100,000 miles.

Engine

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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 Yukon XL’s standard 5.3 V8.

The Escalade ESV’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Yukon XL’s standard 5.3 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Escalade ESV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Yukon XL:

Escalade ESV

Yukon XL

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Escalade ESV has larger tires than the Yukon XL (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 Yukon XL SLE/SLT Standard Edition/SLT’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 Yukon XL SLE/SLT Standard Edition/SLT.

Suspension and Handling

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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 GMC Yukon XL 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 Yukon XL’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 Yukon XL (134.1 inches vs. 130 inches).

Passenger Space

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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 Yukon XL.

Cargo Capacity

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

Escalade ESV

Yukon XL

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

121.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Escalade ESV’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Yukon XL’s (7900 vs. 6000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than GMC. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 40% lower rating, GMC is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Yukon XL SLT Standard/SLT/Denali, 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 Yukon XL’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Escalade ESV’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 Yukon XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to 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 Yukon XL 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 is only available on the Yukon XL SLT/Denali.

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 Yukon XL.

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 Yukon XL Denali 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 Yukon XL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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