2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2021 GMC Yukon Denali

2021 Cadillac Escalade


2021 GMC Yukon Denali

$76,195 MSRP

Base Price

$68,400 MSRP

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty


Seating Capacity

Up to 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Gas Mileage

Up to 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway


22-inch Silver Aluminum


20-inch Polished Aluminum

2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2021 GMC Yukon Denali

Looking to upgrade your family’s ride around Hoffman Estates? If so, you might be considering a Cadillac Escalade or a Yukon Denali. Both SUVs offer comfort and performance on par with models from luxury brands — and for a more cost-effective price. But, in the end, you can only choose one. So, how do these two third-row SUVs compare? Patrick Cadillac has done the homework for you! Compare the 2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. GMC Yukon Denali below to learn more about their prices, warranties, engines, and features. 

Escalade or Yukon Denali: Price & Warranty 

The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is the top-most trim level in the GMC Yukon lineup, rather than its own vehicle. With rear-wheel drive, it has a starting MSRP of $68,400. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade RWD costs a bit more than the Yukon Denali with a starting MSRP of $76,195, but as you’ll see below, offers more substantial warranty coverage to Hoffman Estates buyers: 

2021 Cadillac Escalade: 

  • Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 48-month/50,000-mile 
  • Powertrain Warranty: 72-month/70,000-mile
  • Roadside Assistance: 72-month/70,000-mile
  • Corrosion: 72-month/unlimited miles 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali: 

  • Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 36-month/36,000-mile 
  • Powertrain Warranty: 60-month/60,000-mile 
  • Roadside Assistance: 60-month/60,000-mile 
  • Corrosion: 72-month/100,000 miles 

Escalade or Yukon Denali: Performance Specs 

When you compare the GMC Yukon Denali vs. Cadillac Escalade performance specs, you’ll notice a lot of similarities. Both models are GM after all, so you can expect similar engine options, transmissions, and towing capabilities: 

  • Escalade Engines: The new Escalade offers two engines across the lineup: a 277-hp 3.0L I6 diesel engine and a 420-hp 6.2L V8 regular gas engine. 
    • Yukon Engines: The Yukon Denali offers the same engine options as the Escalade. Lower trim levels, such as the SLE, offer the 277-hp 3.0L engine but replace the 420-hp engine with a 355-hp 5.3L V8 engine. 
  • Transmission: Both models offer a 10-speed automatic transmission. 
  • MPG Ratings: You can expect up to 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway from the Cadillac Escalade and Yukon Denali. 
  • Towing Capacity: Properly equipped, both SUVs can tow 7,500 to 7,700 pounds. 

Escalade or Yukon Denali: Feature Highlights 

The Cadillac Escalade and Yukon Denali prioritize comfort and luxury, while simultaneously delivering rugged SUV performance. Drivers can expect many of the same upscale features from both models, such as a programmable garage-door opener, heated front seats, driver memory settings, and more. When you compare them side-by-side, however, you’ll notice that only the Cadillac Escalade offers the following: 

  • Leather/genuine wood
  • Leather/piano black gear shift knob
  • 19-speaker sound system
  • Cargo tie-downs
  • Front and rear 1-touch window up/down
  • 22-inch silver aluminum wheels

The Cadillac Escalade also offers the exclusive Curved OLED Display, which is especially useful with navigation, as it allows you to view a full-cluster map within the gauge cluster for easy navigating. Additionally, the 2021 Escalade gets Super Cruise — a hands-free driver-assistance feature with Lane-Change-on-Demand functionality for smooth travels on highways around Des Plaines. 

Test Drive the Cadillac Escalade at Patrick Cadillac Today! 

When you compare the 2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. GMC Yukon Denali, it’s easy to see that although there are a lot of similarities between the two models, the Escalade stands out with features you simply can’t get on the Yukon Denali. Are you ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade? Contact us online or call us at (847) 230-8240 to set up an appointment. Be sure to browse our new vehicle specials for opportunities to save on a new Cadillac SUV like the Escalade!

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