General Motors’ flagship Cadillac Escalade SUV is redesigned for 2021 and doubles down on its identity as an imposing and ostentatious status symbol while also marking major and welcomed improvements over its predecessor. Though every other Cadillac model makes due with a paltry alphanumeric badge, the Escalade name is widely recognized and stands boldly at the top of the brand’s lineup. And it's a sought-after name at that—we had a laborious experience purchasing our own vehicle because of models often being spoken for long before their 22-inch rims ever hit dealer lots.
After spending some initial time with the Escalade, it is clear that the ride, infotainment, and passenger comfort are noticeably improved over the previous version. It may now be a worthy opponent to its primary competitor, the Lincoln Navigator, as well as European three-row luxury SUV offerings such as the Audi Q7, BMW X7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.