2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Yukon AT4/Denali 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Yukon and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Yukon has a standard 220-amp alternator (250-amp - Yukon Diesel). The Escalade’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Yukon has a standard 800-amp battery (900 Diesel). The Escalade’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 6 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 GMC vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks GMC 8 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Yukon with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

MPG

Yukon

RWD

5.3 OHV V8

16 city/20 hwy

AWD

5.3 OHV V8

16 city/20 hwy

Escalade

RWD

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/20 hwy

AWD

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/19 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Yukon’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.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the GMC Yukon 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Escalade (120.9 inches vs. 116 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Yukon offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Escalade can only carry up to 8.

The Yukon has 47.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (168.3 vs. 120.8).

The Yukon has .2 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more third row headroom and 10.1 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

Cargo Capacity

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

Yukon

Escalade

Behind Third Seat

25.5 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

72.6 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

122.9 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox and optional locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Yukon. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

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The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by over two to one during 2019.

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