2022 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2022 Cadillac Escalade

2022 Chevrolet Suburban
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
$53,100MSRP
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2022 Cadillac Escalade
$77,795MSRP
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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban was 7.5 out of 10, while the 2022 Cadillac Escalade earned a score of 7.3. Despite the Escalade's advanced technology and premium features, the Suburban's practical advantages in space, versatility, and value give it a slight edge. Therefore, based on these ratings, the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban is the recommended choice for those seeking a full-size SUV.

Overview

MSRP

$53,100

MSRP

$77,795

Average price

$53,039

Average price

$82,859

Listings

977

Listings

393
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.5 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10
Pros
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult to maneuver in tight spaces
Pros
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Impressive technology
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Poor ride quality
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Interior materials feel cheap

2022 Chevrolet Suburban Reviews Summary

After launching a redesigned Suburban for the 2021 model year, Chevrolet further enhances its biggest SUV for 2022. Most of the changes relate to technology and safety upgrades, including a larger digital instrument cluster on LT and above trim levels, standard Google built-in software, standard park-assist and lane-maintenance features, and available reverse automatic braking. In the powertrain department, the big 6.2-liter V8 is now available on RST, Z71, and Premier trims.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Reviews Summary

Over roughly two decades in production, the Cadillac Escalade has become the General Motors luxury brand’s de facto flagship. It may share underpinnings with more pedestrian SUVs and pickup trucks from other GM brands, but the Escalade sits at the top of the Cadillac hierarchy in price, size, and—thanks to Cadillac’s constant reshuffling of its other nameplates—name recognition. It’s also an established player in a robust niche of big luxury SUVs.

The Escalade’s competitive set splits into two camps: other truck-like body-on-frame SUVs (Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Lexus LX) and upscale unibody SUVs (BMW X7, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class). It’s a good time to be shopping for a full-size luxury SUV, in other words.

Cadillac has one of the freshest entries in this group. The Escalade was redesigned for the 2021 model year, adding a number of notable features like a 38-inch OLED display screen and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system.

Changes for this generation’s sophomore model year are minor. A Buckle to Drive feature that forces the driver to buckle their seatbelt before setting off is now standard, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning are now standard on the base Escalade Luxury trim level, and Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum models gets standard puddle lamps. Cadillac also added three extra-cost colors: Mahogany Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Wilder Metallic.

The Escalade is available in standard-wheelbase and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV body styles (the latter will be covered in a separate review), with the option of gasoline or diesel engines and five trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, and Sport Platinum. We hoisted ourselves into a standard-length Premium Luxury diesel model for this review.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

5.3L 355 hp V8

Engine

6.2L 420 hp V8

Drive Train

4X2

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

9

Seating Capacity

8

Horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

Horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

MPG City

15

MPG City

14

MPG Highway

20

MPG Highway

19
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
$53,100MSRP
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2022 Cadillac Escalade
2022 Cadillac Escalade
$77,795MSRP
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2022 Chevrolet Suburban
$53,100MSRP
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$77,795MSRP
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CarGurus highlights

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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban was 7.5 out of 10, while the 2022 Cadillac Escalade earned a score of 7.3. Despite the Escalade's advanced technology and premium features, the Suburban's practical advantages in space, versatility, and value give it a slight edge. Therefore, based on these ratings, the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban is the recommended choice for those seeking a full-size SUV.

Overview
MSRP
$53,100
$77,795
Average price
$53,039
$82,859
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.3
4.8
Expert reviews

7.5 out of 10

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7.3 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult to maneuver in tight spaces
Pros
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Impressive technology
  • Easy-to-use technology
Cons
  • Poor ride quality
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Interior materials feel cheap
Summary
After launching a redesigned Suburban for the 2021 model year, Chevrolet further enhances its biggest SUV for 2022. Most of the changes relate to technology and safety upgrades, including a larger digital instrument cluster on LT and above trim levels, standard Google built-in software, standard park-assist and lane-maintenance features, and available reverse automatic braking. In the powertrain department, the big 6.2-liter V8 is now available on RST, Z71, and Premier trims.

Over roughly two decades in production, the Cadillac Escalade has become the General Motors luxury brand’s de facto flagship. It may share underpinnings with more pedestrian SUVs and pickup trucks from other GM brands, but the Escalade sits at the top of the Cadillac hierarchy in price, size, and—thanks to Cadillac’s constant reshuffling of its other nameplates—name recognition. It’s also an established player in a robust niche of big luxury SUVs.

The Escalade’s competitive set splits into two camps: other truck-like body-on-frame SUVs (Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Lexus LX) and upscale unibody SUVs (BMW X7, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class). It’s a good time to be shopping for a full-size luxury SUV, in other words.

Cadillac has one of the freshest entries in this group. The Escalade was redesigned for the 2021 model year, adding a number of notable features like a 38-inch OLED display screen and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system.

Changes for this generation’s sophomore model year are minor. A Buckle to Drive feature that forces the driver to buckle their seatbelt before setting off is now standard, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning are now standard on the base Escalade Luxury trim level, and Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum models gets standard puddle lamps. Cadillac also added three extra-cost colors: Mahogany Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Wilder Metallic.

The Escalade is available in standard-wheelbase and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV body styles (the latter will be covered in a separate review), with the option of gasoline or diesel engines and five trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, and Sport Platinum. We hoisted ourselves into a standard-length Premium Luxury diesel model for this review.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
5.3L 355 hp V8
6.2L 420 hp V8
Drive Train
4X2
RWD
Seating Capacity
9
8
Horsepower
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG City
15
14
MPG Highway
20
19
Look and feel
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
5/10
2022 Cadillac Escalade
6/10
Chevrolet's redesign of the Suburban for the 2021 model year gave the SUV the brand’s contemporary full-size truck design characteristics. Sharing its exterior design with the Tahoe and Silverado 1500, the Suburban showcased a tall hood, long proportions, and large wheels, giving it an imposing look. The design elements varied across its six trim levels (LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premiere, and High Country), allowing a degree of customization. Our RST test model featured a Cherry Red Tintcoat exterior, 22-inch bright-machined black-painted wheels, and a monochromatic black grille with Black Ice accents, resulting in a sporty yet elegant appearance. Inside, the Suburban offered a spacious, versatile cabin. While the base LS trim provided economically comfortable seating, the top High Country trim exuded luxury. Leather seats became standard starting from the LT trim, with material quality enhancing as one moved up the trims. The RST variant boasted 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, Jet Black perforated leather seats with Victory Red stitching, and heated second-row outboard seats through the optional Luxury package. Despite the spacious and cohesive interior, the predominantly black color scheme made the cabin feel somewhat dark, a minor shortcoming mitigated slightly by chrome sill plates and red seat stitching. Cadillac's 2022 Escalade combined massive size with unapologetic extravagance. The grille, LED running lights, and taillights scaled to match the Escalade's grandiose dimensions, with the taillights harkening back to Cadillac's classic sky-high tailfins. The front end, with its tall hood, vertical running lights, and horizontal headlights, resembled a diesel locomotive, emphasizing its imposing presence. Our test model's 22-inch wheels, while large, appeared modest against the expansive body. The exterior followed Cadillac's pattern of offering variant-specific trim pieces for “sport” and “luxury” models. Luxury and Premium Luxury trims featured bright exterior trim and wheels, while the Sport trims flaunted darkened elements, including a dark mesh grille. The interior flaunted luxury, albeit without a distinctive cohesive design theme. Leather upholstery, wood trim, and a massive panoramic sunroof were standard, but the overall design didn't match the Lincoln Navigator's mid-century modern-inspired look. Although offering luxurious materials, noticeable cheap plastic bits detracted from the Escalade’s high-end interior perception.
Performance
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
7/10
2022 Cadillac Escalade
6/10
Chevrolet expanded its engine lineup for the 2022 Suburban, offering a choice of a 5.3-liter V8, a 6.2-liter V8, and a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six. All engines paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The base 5.3-liter V8 delivered 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, standard across most trims except the Premier. The more powerful 6.2-liter V8, standard on the High Country and available on select trims, generated 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. Notably, the new 3.0-liter turbodiesel, producing 277 hp and 460 lb-ft, offered remarkable towing capacity and fuel efficiency. Our RST test model sported the 6.2-liter V8, providing impressive power and effortless acceleration. The 6.2-liter engine's added 65 hp and 77 lb-ft greatly enhanced overall performance, particularly noticeable during an 80-mile tow test with a car-hauler trailer. The Suburban towed the extra weight easily, with a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. The move to an independent rear suspension in the 2021 redesign improved ride quality and handling, contributing to a more comfortable driving experience. The Escalade offered two engine choices—a standard 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and an optional 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six diesel engine delivering 277 hp and 460 lb-ft, both mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Notably, the diesel engine provided excellent power delivery, propelling the Escalade smoothly with its substantial torque at low RPMs. While the 6.2-liter V8 had a slight edge in towing capacity, at 8,200 pounds, it fell short of the Lincoln Navigator's maximum capacity of 8,700 pounds. Despite featuring an independent rear suspension, air suspension, and Magnetic Ride Control dampers, the Escalade’s ride quality was less refined than expected. The body-on-frame architecture and 22-inch wheels led to a less settled ride compared to luxury competitors like the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. The Escalade struggled with comfort, often feeling unsettled on various road surfaces.
Form and function
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
9/10
2022 Cadillac Escalade
8/10
The Suburban excelled in passenger and cargo space. It offered configurations for up to nine occupants, with most models accommodating seven or eight passengers. The third-row seats provided adequate space for adults, with easy access. The cargo area behind the third row measured 41.5 cubic feet, extending to 144.7 cubic feet with the seats folded flat—the largest among any SUV. The second-row seats could slide forward or backward up to 5.5 inches, and both rows folded flat easily. An optional power-sliding center console revealed additional storage space. However, the Suburban's massive size posed challenges in urban environments, complicating parking and maneuvering in tight spaces. The transition to electronic push-button transmission controls from a column-mounted shifter required an adjustment period for drivers accustomed to older models. The Escalade shared its platform with other GM SUVs, offering substantial interior space. The standard version, at 211.9 inches long, and the extended ESV at 227 inches, provided the most first and third-row legroom among full-size luxury SUVs. It featured second-row captain’s chairs or an optional bench seat, and a power split-folding third-row bench. The Escalade's cargo capacity was impressive, with 25.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 63 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 109.1 cubic feet with all rear seats stowed, outpacing the Navigator. Despite its spacious interior, the raised center console lacked practical storage space for loose items, and front seats, although adjustable with massage and lumbar support, felt similar to those in lesser GM models.
Technology
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
8/10
2022 Cadillac Escalade
9/10
The Suburban integrated advanced technology across most trim levels. The LS trim featured the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with an 8-inch touchscreen, supporting wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Higher trims, starting with LT, included a 10.2-inch Infotainment 3 Premium System with Google built-in, offering Google Maps, Google Assistant, and third-party app access. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster became standard on LT and above. Optional technology included a 13-view camera system, with features like a “transparent trailer” view, hitch guidance, and several park assist features. Wireless device charging and a WiFi hotspot were standard on higher trims. Audio options ranged from a six-speaker setup in the LS trim to a premium 10-speaker Bose CenterPoint system in Premier and High Country trims. The Escalade’s infotainment system was eye-catching with its 38-inch curved OLED display, combining three screens—a 14.2-inch digital cluster, a 16.9-inch touchscreen, and a 7.2-inch trip-computer screen. The display integrated seamlessly into the dashboard, featuring user-friendly icons for navigation, phone connectivity, and audio. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth were standard. Physical toggles for climate control and critical functions complemented the digital interface. The Escalade’s technology suite included a 360-degree camera system, Super Cruise driver-assist system, night vision, and augmented-reality navigation. The standard 19-speaker AKG Studio sound system, although extensive, had tuning issues, particularly due to headrest-mounted speakers distorting front-seat audio.
Safety
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
8/10
2022 Cadillac Escalade
8/10
Chevrolet endowed the Suburban with an extensive suite of standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, pedestrian braking, and park assist. Additional safety features for 2022 included lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, and front park assist. Optional safety technologies comprised adaptive cruise control, HD surround vision, rear pedestrian alert, and more. The Suburban’s Safety Alert Seat provided tactile feedback for potential hazards, and Teen Driver and Buckle to Drive features promoted safe driving practices. NHTSA awarded the Suburban a four-star overall safety rating, with individual scores of four stars for front crashes, five stars for side crashes, and three stars for rollover resistance. The Escalade’s safety technologies included adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning. Premium Luxury trims and higher added blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, with trailer blind-spot monitoring on the top trims. Super Cruise was an advanced option, enabling hands-free driving on pre-mapped highways, complemented by a driver-facing camera for safety monitoring. While the Escalade offered sophisticated driver aids, both IIHS and NHTSA had not released crash test ratings for this model year.
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