The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is priced from $77,490 in the United States for the entry-level Luxury trim, while the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV starts at $80,490. However, most Cadillac Escalade customers are paying much more for the privilege of putting the vehicle in their driveway, with average transaction prices for the full-size luxury SUV exceeding $100,000 in the first quarter of this year.
According to data compiled by Cox Automotive, the average transaction price for a new Cadillac Escalade in Q1 2021 was $102,183. The T1-platform Escalade’s high ATP didn’t turn buyers away, either, with General Motors managing to sell an impressive 9,842 examples throughout the first four months of the year. This represents a year-over-year sales increase of 75.13 percent and made the Escalade the best-selling vehicle in the United States priced over $100,000.
While the starting price of the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV is well under $100,000, it’s not hard to drive the price up significantly with optional extras. For example, the range-topping Platinum and Sport Platinum trim levels start at a pricy $102,290 for the Escalade and $105,290 for the Escalade ESV. Customers who want to order their Escalade with four-wheel drive, an undeniably popular option for any SUV, will add $3,000 to the price tag.
GM’s hands-free Super Cruise driver assistance system is another desirable-yet-expensive option available for the Escalade. Adding Super Cruise to the SUV costs a minimum of $2,500, as is the case for Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum trim levels, which come standard with the equipment from the Driver Assist Package. For lesser models, customers will have to first add the Driver Assist Package for $3,650 and then Super Cruise for $2,500, bringing the total cost to $6,150.
|2021 Escalade RWD||2021 Escalade 4WD||2021 Escalade ESV RWD||2021 Escalade ESV 4WD|
|Premium Luxury Platinum||$101,290||$104,290||$104,290||$107,290|
With such strong demand and impressively high transaction prices, GM will be keen to ensure it maintains a strong supply of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in the coming months – especially as it continues to grapple with production delays and setbacks caused by the global semiconductor shortage.