Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2008 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Phoenix, AZ

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2008 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

Both the Escalade and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Escalade comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Tahoe’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine Comparison

The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 108 more horsepower (403 vs. 295) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (417 vs. 305) than the Tahoe LS’ standard 4.8 V8. The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 83 more horsepower (403 vs. 320) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (417 vs. 340) than the Tahoe’s optional 5.3 V8.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escalade stops much shorter than the Tahoe:



70 to 0 MPH

187 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escalade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tahoe (285/45R22 vs. 275/55R20).

The Escalade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tahoe’s standard 70 series tires. The Escalade’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Tahoe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tahoe. The Escalade’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Tahoe.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the Tahoe’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Escalade more stable handling and braking.

The Escalade 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escalade 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 (57.2 vs. 56.5 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Escalade is 1.6 inches lower than the Tahoe (20.2” vs. 21.8”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Tahoe, and is not be available on all models.

The Escalade’s front power windows open with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Tahoe’s power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t open automatically.

The Escalade’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Tahoe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the Escalade to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. Heated windshield washer fluid is not available on the Tahoe LS.

While driving with high-beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escalade detect other vehicles that could be blinded and automatically switch to low-beams. The Tahoe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high-beams.

The Escalade’s standard heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Tahoe LS doesn’t offer heated seats.

The Escalade’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Tahoe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Escalade’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Tahoe LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

With optional voice command, the Escalade offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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