GM pulled the sheets on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V in January, introducing a new go-fast variant of the iconic luxury SUV with a supercharged heartbeat and all the trimmings. The question is – how does the Cadillac Escalade-V compare to the rest of the lineup in terms of fuel economy?
Before we get into the actual fuel economy specs, it’s worth briefly revisiting the mechanical components making those numbers a reality. Under the hood, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V is equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which is rated at a maximum of 682 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 653 pound-feet of torque. All that go is routed through the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, non-V Escalade models are offered with two engine options, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, which is rated at 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm, and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which is rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Both engines connect to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive on hand to put the power down.
So, with all that covered, let’s take a closer look at the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V fuel economy ratings and how they compare to the rest of the lineup:
|Powertrain||Power (hp / kW @ rpm)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm)||Drivetrain||City (mpg)||Highway (mpg)||Combined (mpg)|
|2023 Escalade-V||Supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4||682 / 509 @ 6,000||653 / 885 @ 4,400||4WD||11||16||13|
|2023 Escalade||6.2L V8 L87||420 / 313 @ 5,600||460 / 624 @ 4,100||2WD||14||19||16|
|2023 Escalade||6.2L V8 L87||420 / 313 @ 5,600||460 / 624 @ 4,100||4WD||14||18||16|
|2023 Escalade||Turbo-diesel 3.0L I6 LM2||277 / 207 @ 3,750||460 / 624 @ 1,500||2WD||21||27||23|
|2023 Escalade||Turbo-diesel 3.0L I6 LM2||277 / 207 @ 3,750||460 / 624 @ 1,500||4WD||20||26||22|
As we can, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V has the lowest fuel economy ratings of the lineup – as expected, considering its high-performance specs. Fuel returns are rated at 11 mpg in the city, 16 mpg on the highway, and 13 mpg combined.
That said, the numbers aren’t that far off from the fuel economy figures attached to Escalade models equipped with the 6.2L V8 L87 and four-wheel drive, which return 14 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined. Still, if it’s fuel economy that you’re after, the 3.0L I6 LM2 is obviously the engine of choice, with a maximum of 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined when equipped with rear-wheel drive.