- the epa-estimated fuel-economy numbers for the 2021 cadillac escalade show that the rear-wheel-drive model is rated at a combined 17 mpg, with 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
- the 2020 cadillac escalade was more efficient on the highway, with epa ratings of 23 mpg for the rear-wheel-drive model and 21 mpg for the awd escalade.
- the new escalade comes standard with a 6.2-liter v-8 engine and an updated version of gm's cylinder-deactivation system.
it goes without saying that no one buys a cadillac escalade to boast to their friends about how they never have to stop at a gas station — it's no prius. but even when we’re talking about less than 20 miles to a gallon, an efficiency drop is a drop nonetheless.
for 2021, the escalade saw numerous updates throughout the vehicle, and now we know that includes fuel economy. the 2021 escalade with rear-wheel drive gets a combined epa-estimated fuel efficiency of 17 mpg and registers 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. the all-wheel-drive model sees a drop of 1 mpg in all three measures.
for 2020, the rear-wheel-drive escalade registered the same combined 17 mpg, a less efficient 14 mpg in the city, but 23 mpg on the highway. the all-wheel-drive version for 2020 bested the 2021 model by 2 mpg on the highway, with an epa-rated 21 mpg.
the 2021 escalade comes standard with a 420-hp 6.2-liter v-8; the engine is the same as in the 2020 escalade, but the newest model has an updated cylinder-deactivation system, which is intended to optimize fuel efficiency. the supplier, tula technology, told automotive news that the new system can improve fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent in specific driving situations.
nonetheless, factors such as aerodynamics and weight play a large role in fuel efficiency; cadillac has not yet released the curb weight of the vehicle, but a spokesperson for the luxury automaker told c/d that the 2021 model is heavier than the 2020.
a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six is optional on the new escalade, and both engines are paired to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. the 2021 also shares an independent rear suspension with the chevrolet tahoe and suburban and the gmc yukon.