The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is Thirsty, but not as thirsty as the Infiniti QX80

Fuel economy might not be on the top of your priority list if you’re considering a large luxury SUV like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, or the Lincoln Navigator. With gas prices relatively low this year, fuel economy gets pushed even further toward the bottom of the priority list. Be that as it may, you should probably know that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes in second place of the worst fuel economy competition, being beat out by only the Infiniti QX80 by just one mpg. So what kind of fuel economy does the Escalade deliver? 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined.

Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy Comparison

2021 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy Comparison Exterior
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The numbers stated above, 14/19/16 are for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with 4WD. Opt for the rear-wheel-drive model, and you’ll see a meager increase of 1 mpg across the board: 15 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. To put this into perspective, the only competing large Luxury SUV that does worse is the Infiniti QX80 that garners 14 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined in RWD form or 13, 19, and 15, respectively when equipped with 4WD.

If fuel economy is on your list of priorities when shopping for a large, luxury SUV, then there are some slightly better options to consider like the Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon, BMW X7, Mercedes-BENZ GLS, and the Range Rover Sport. The best of the crop is the 2020 Range Rover Sport (only available in 4WD) with 17 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. You can check out the fuel economy of all models in our awesome graphics below.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy Comparison Exterior
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2021 Cadillac Escalde Fuel Economy Comparison
Engine Horsepower Transmission Fuel Economy (2WD) Fuel Economy (4WD)
2020 BMW X7 4.4L V8 456 8-Speed Auto 15 / 21 / 17
2021 Cadillac Escalade 6.2L V8 420 10-Speed Auto 15 / 20 / 17
2021 GMC Yukon 5.3L V8 355 10-Speed Auto 16 / 20 / 18
2020 Infiniti QX80 5.6L V8 400 7-Speed Auto 14 / 20 / 16
2020 Lincoln Navigator 3.5L V6 450 10-Speed Auto 16 / 22 / 19
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 4.0L V8 449 9-Speed Auto N/A
2020 Range Rover Sport 5.0L V8 518 8-Speed Auto N/A
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