2022 Grand Wagoneer vs Cadillac Escalade

2022 Grand Wagoneer
Features & Specs
2021 Cadillac Escalade
Maximum Towing Capacity
Leather Interior
Upper Trim Levels
27.4 cubic ft.
Cargo Space
25.5 cubic ft.

2022 Grand Wagoneer vs Cadillac Escalade

When shopping for an SUV, it’s easy to get lost in all the various options on the market today. There are so many models to choose from, and the luxury large SUV segment can feel especially competitive. Every driver wants to know that they’re choosing the right option for themselves, and for their families. Here at Thomson CDJR, we know how much time and effort goes into shopping for a new SUV, and we want to help provide a little bit of clarity in your search. That’s why we’ve chosen two options to compare, the first being the all-new 2022 Grand Wagoneer, and the second being the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. These two luxury SUVs both have a lot to offer, and we want to help you decide which one is right for you!

2022 Grand Wagoneer Power & Handling

The Grand Wagoneer offers the smooth and stable driving experience you expect from a luxury vehicle. However, it also sets itself apart from the crowd by offering equally exceptional performance in its off-road capabilities. The Grand Wagoneer is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine paired with an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Together, this system kicks out an impressive 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the available Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package, the Grand Wagoneer boasts a towing capacity of 9,860 pounds, and it can also take on up to 24 inches of water fording thanks to its Quadra-Lift Air Suspension. For those seeking a true off-road experience, the available Advanced All-Terrain Group adds skid plates, tow hooks, and the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System with Auto, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Snow modes that let you explore in any and all conditions.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Power & Handling

The Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned for this model year, and now offers two engine options for its 2021 lineup. The first option is a 6.2-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Together, this system provides 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The new option is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. We would expect the diesel option to provide a boost in torque, but the output in these two engines is about the same. In fact, the Cadillac’s towing performance still can’t quite catch up to the Grand Wagoneer, with a maximum capacity of 8,200 pounds. There is an available towing package that helps the Escalade achieve those numbers, but there is no dedicated off-road package like there is with the Grand Wagoneer, so Escalade drivers may find themselves sticking to paved roads.

2022 Grand Wagoneer Features & Design

The Grand Wagoneer’s design looks fresh and modern with an overall timeless aesthetic that seeks to redefine the classic American ideal. The interior seats either 7 or 8, and features standard Nappa leather from the get-go on the Series I trim. Upper trim levels receive premium quilted Palermo leather, as well as real open-pore walnut wood accents. The Grand Wagoneer features ambient customizable LED lighting at the entryways and along the dashboard, a rotary shifter, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. There’s also a wireless charging pad, Apple, Android, and Amazon Alexa smartphone integration, a 23-speaker McIntosh sound system with 3D surround-sound technology, and Passenger Display screens available in the front and rear. Standard safety features include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, with over 120 additional features to choose from.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Features & Design

The Cadillac Escalade’s 2021 redesign notably made the vehicle slightly longer than previous iterations, which may prove to be an unexpected issue when driving in reverse, or trying to maneuver around tight corners. The Escalade seats either seven or eight passengers depending on the desired seating configuration, and the base-level trim features faux-leather upholstery. The upper trim levels are treated to actual leather, though it only adorns the first two rows, excluding the third. The Escalade features an OLED infotainment system made up of three different screens side-by-side. Unfortunately, this system is not as user-friendly as many competing infotainment systems, and may take the driver some time to fully learn its functionality so that it can be used safely without causing a distraction.


It’s no doubt that both of these premium three-row SUVs have a lot of exciting features to offer. However, after taking a closer look at each of them side by side, it’s clear to see that the Grand Wagoneer comes out on top. Its athletic performance features and robust towing capability is impressive for a luxury vehicle, and the interior offers premium materials and plenty of safety and entertainment features for all passengers to enjoy. You can find new inventory right here on our website by heading over to the New tab. There, you can browse our current listings and find details about each vehicle from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, our expert staff is always happy to help. Give us a call, or visit us today at Thomson CDJR of Augusta, Georgia!