It’s been almost a quarter of a century since the first Cadillac Escalade went on sale. At the time, the idea of a luxury SUV was ridiculous, in part because the first Escalade was nothing more than a GMC Yukon Denali with Cadillac badges slapped onto its cheesy plastic body kit.
Now, every luxury automaker sells an SUV — even Bentley, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce. And, starting with the 2021 model year, Cadillac’s cross-town Detroit rival (Lincoln) sells exclusively sport-utes, the first luxury brand to make that transition. Clearly, the trend won’t be letting up any time soon. To ensure its continued survival, Cadillac has deeply invested in the all-new 2021 Escalade. It still shares its underlying structure and mechanicals with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, but the latest Escalade puts greater daylight between it and its mainstream cousins than ever before. Plus, with this redesign, Cadillac has resolved numerous shortcomings of the previous Escalade. From the driving dynamics and technology to the interior passenger room and cargo space, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a better luxury SUV than those which came before it.