Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV VS 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban

Safety Comparison

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

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

The Escalade ESV has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban 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 ESV and the Suburban 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 ESV comes with a full 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Suburban’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

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

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade ESV for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Chevrolet pays for maintenance for the Suburban (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 ESV has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Suburban’s 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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade ESV is faster than the Chevrolet Suburban:

Escalade ESV

Suburban

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.2 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Escalade ESV has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Suburban doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Escalade ESV stops much shorter than the Suburban:

Escalade ESV

Suburban

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Escalade ESV’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 Suburban LS/LT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade ESV has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Suburban LS/LT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Escalade ESV 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Suburban LTZ 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade ESV 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Suburban LTZ 4WD (27.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escalade ESV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Suburban (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Escalade ESV to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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

The Escalade ESV uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Suburban doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the Suburban.

Escalade ESV

Suburban

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

38.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Escalade ESV’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 Suburban’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

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

The Escalade ESV 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 Suburban doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

The Escalade ESV 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 costs extra on the Suburban.

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