EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are out, and the news is mostly not good. The redesigned SUV sees slim to no improvement in the Feds’ city ratings, and its highway numbers are considerably worse than before. These are estimates for the standard 6.2-liter V8. Figures for the no-cost-optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel six have not been released yet.
Specifically, the rear-wheel-drive 2021 Escalade has estimates of 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined. Compared to the outgoing 2020 version, powered by the same 6.2L V8, those numbers represent a 1 mpg improvement in city (the lone piece of good news) but are 3 mpg worse on the highway.
With all-wheel drive, the 2021 Escalade can’t even get out of the teens, with EPA ratings of 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. That’s the same city rating as before and a 2 mpg decline versus the 2020 model’s highway rating.
For further comparison, cross-town rival Lincoln’s Navigator with its 3.5-liter turbo V6 manages 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway (RWD) and 16/21 with AWD.
No one expects an ultra-large, body-on-frame, three-row SUV to achieve Prius-like levels of fuel efficiency, but it’s pretty rare these days to see such backsliding with a fresh redesign. Here’s hoping the diesel variant will have a happier story to tell.