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2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Review

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2021 Cadillac
Escalade

MSRP*: $76,195 to $103,595
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
GLS 450

MSRP*: $76,000
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Invoice* $72,766 to $98,933 $71,440
MPG - City 14 - 15 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 19 - 20 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 8 seats 7 seats
Cargo Space 109.1 ft3 84.7 ft3
Engine V-8 Inline-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 420 hp 362 hp
Towing Capacity 7,500 - 8,200 lbs 7,700 lbs
Exterior Length 211.9 in 205.0 in
Exterior Width 81.1 in 77.0 in
Leg Room Front 44.5 in
Rear 41.7 in
Front 40.3 in
Rear 41.9 in
Head Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.9 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 40.2 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Cadillac Escalade than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. The Cadillac Escalade will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Cadillac Escalade, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Cadillac Escalade is somewhat more expensive than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Cadillac Escalade is much higher than that for the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Dimensions
Since the Cadillac Escalade is much wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Cadillac Escalade, which is slightly longer than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Handling
The Cadillac Escalade has the same turning radius as the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Cadillac Escalade will do just as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Cadillac Escalade has a little more horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Cadillac Escalade transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Utility
The Cadillac Escalade offers greater seating capacity than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the Cadillac Escalade, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.

Warranty
The Cadillac Escalade comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450.