The publication pitted the Cadillac Escalade up against three of its direct rivals for its recent June 2022 magazine issue, including the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX600 and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. There’s no point in beating around the bush; the Escalade trounced its rivals in this head-to-head comparison, with Car and Driver editors praising the full-size SUV’s “chassis tuning magic,” that made it feel “1,000 lbs lighter,” than the Navigator and certified it as the best handling vehicle in the group. They also offered praise for the hands-free Super Cruise system, saying it felt years ahead of any other comparable system, and were left impressed by the curved OLED display screen and augmented reality navigation system.
Second in this comparison test was the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which earned some points for its 9,850-pound towing capacity and swathes of passenger and cargo space, but lost out on first due to its poor fuel economy, cheaper interior materials and quirky exterior styling. The Navigator was third, with editors praising its quick acceleration and nicely appointed cabin, but the Lincoln showed room for improvement with regard to ride quality and overall refinement. They also said ActiveGlide, Lincoln’s hands-free driving assistant intended to compete with Super Cruise, felt “half-baked.” The Lexus was last, failing to impress the magazine with its huge body roll, lack of rear passenger space and overall lack of luxury features and amenities.
Car and Driver isn’t alone in being impressed with the Escalade. Strong demand for the full-size SUV in recent months have led some dealers to apply market adjustment fees to certain Escalade models, despite these vehicles already selling for nearly $100,000 on average. GM will introduce an even pricier 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V performance model for the 2023 model year, as well, which will be priced from $149,990 including destination and freight.
Production of the mildly revised 2023 Cadillac Escalade will commence at the GM Arlington plant in Texas on July 18th, 2022.