Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2016 GMC Yukon Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2016 GMC Yukon

Safety Comparison

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The Escalade’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Yukon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Yukon doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escalade has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Yukon only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Escalade and the Yukon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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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 Yukon’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than GMC covers the Yukon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Yukon ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Escalade’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Yukon runs out after 100,000 miles.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than GMC pays for maintenance for the Yukon (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Escalade has a 170-amp alternator. The Yukon’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

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The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade is faster than the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8:

Escalade

Yukon

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.8 sec

12.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

90 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Escalade stops shorter than the Yukon:

Escalade

Yukon

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Escalade has larger standard tires than the Yukon (275/55R20 vs. 265/65R18).

The Escalade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yukon SLE/SLT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Yukon SLE/SLT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Escalade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escalade flat and controlled during cornering. The Yukon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Escalade 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Yukon SLT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Yukon SLT (27.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Yukon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Escalade has .1 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the Yukon.

Ergonomics Comparison

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On a hot day the Escalade’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Yukon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Escalade has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Yukon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Escalade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Yukon doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Yukon SLT/Denali.

Recommendations Comparison

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Intellichoice recognized the Cadillac Escalade as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 909, Strategic Vision rated the Cadillac Escalade 34 points higher than the GMC Yukon for 2015. The Escalade is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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