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Eric's Autos: 2024 Cadillac Escalade

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Is a Cadillac Escalade worth $20,000 more than a GMC Yukon? Is a GMC Yukon worth $4,000 more than a Chevy Tahoe?

All three are basically the same SUV sold under three different labels -- at three different price points.

You'll have to decide whether the price is worth the difference.

What It Is

The Escalade is Cadillac's version of the Chevy Tahoe, which is also resold as the GMC Yukon. All three are full-size SUVs that come standard with V8 engines, with one of the chief differences between the Escalade and its fraternal twins being it comes standard with the 6.2-liter V8 that's optional in the less prestigious (and less expensive) Tahoe and Yukon.

There is also a supercharged version of the 6.2 V8 that you can't get in the twins.

 

But of course, it'll cost you more to get into an Escalade, which stickers for $81,895 to start for the two-wheel-drive Luxury trim vs. $58,200 for essentially the same SUV sold under the GMC Yukon label, albeit with a smaller, not-as-powerful 5.3-liter V8 (and sold under the Chevy label, as the Tahoe -- with the same 5.3 V8 -- for $54,600).

The Escalade also comes standard with 22-inch wheels, a huge 16.9-inch secondary LCD touch screen and a primary 14.2-inch LCD main gauge panel, a 19-speaker premium stereo system and heated rear outboard seats, among other upgrades that aren't standard -- or even available -- in its less expensive fraternal twins.

A top-of-the-line Premium Luxury Platinum trim comes with a 36-speaker audio system, power soft-closing doors, an adaptive suspension, a rear-seat entertainment system and GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving system.

It stickers for $110,695 with 2WD and $113,695 with the optional four-wheel-drive system.

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