2021 GMC Yukon XL vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Safety

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

Both the Yukon XL and the Escalade ESV 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 XL’s warranty.

Reliability

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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Yukon XL has a standard 800-amp battery (900 Diesel). The Escalade ESV’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 XL with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade ESV:

MPG

Yukon XL

RWD

5.3 OHV V8

16 city/20 hwy

AWD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/19 hwy

Escalade ESV

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

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the GMC Yukon XL 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 ESV has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon XL’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Escalade ESV (134.1 inches vs. 130 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Yukon XL has 48.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade ESV (170.8 vs. 122.4).

The Yukon XL has 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade ESV.

Cargo Capacity

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

Yukon XL

Escalade ESV

Behind Third Seat

41.5 cubic feet

39.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.8 cubic feet

76.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

144.7 cubic feet

120.9 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics

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The Yukon XL’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Escalade ESV’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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