The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a great luxury vehicle, but despite its body-on-frame platform and four-wheel-drive system, it’s not really set up for off-roading. The standard 22-inch wheels and low-profile all-season tires don’t offer very much grip on dirt, snow, sand and other loose surfaces and the low-hanging front fascia doesn’t offer very much ground clearance.
The full-size luxury SUV’s compromised off-road performance didn’t stop a YouTuber by the name of Nanu Garage from taking his for a day out to the dunes and filming it for his channel, however. His 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a Crystal White Tricoat model in the Sport trim level with 12-spoke gloss black alloy wheels on the stock all-season tires. It also seems to be equipped with the Driver Assist Tech Package, as it also features the Adaptive Air Ride Suspension system. This gives the Escalade a little more off-road capability, allowing the SUV the ability to raise its ride height for increased ground clearance.
Nanu Garage decided to see how the Escalade would perform on the dunes at Pismo Beach, a popular destination for off-roaders on the central coast of California. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to enjoy the Pismo Beach dunes for very long before the stock Escalade buries itself in the sand and gets stuck. A friendly off-roader in a Ford F-150 Raptor then comes along to rescue the stricken Cadillac, allowing them to continue on their way.
Most people wouldn’t hit the dunes in a $100,000 luxury SUV and this video is a good indicator as to why. That said, a Cadillac Escalade with different wheels and tires would perform much better on the dunes than this stock one did – especially if it was equipped with the optional Adaptive Air Ride Suspension system.
Check out the video embedded below.