|2017 Cadillac Escalade||2017 M-B GLS|
|6.2-L, V-8||Engine||4.6-L, V-8|
|8,300 lbs.||Max. Towing||7,500 lbs.|
|Eight-speed auto||Transmission||Nine-speed auto|
|94.2 cu.-ft.||Max. Cargo Space||93.8 cu.-ft.|
2017 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
The Cadillac Escalade has been the epitome of luxury SUVs since the day it was made available to customers. However, long-time rival Mercedes-Benz has produced the first real challenge to the dominance of the Escalade in a long time. The comparison of the 2017 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz will show a pair of well-equipped full-size luxury SUVs that are long on features and performance. However, given the experience that the Cadillac Escalade has in this segment of the automotive industry, there are still a few items or features that may draw people away from its European-built competitor.
Interior design and the materials used to build the 2017 Escalade and 2017 GLS class are pretty equal. Both SUVs use high-quality upholstery and leather appointments to show buyers the automakers are serious about being the best in the class. Offering in-vehicle technology is a place where the 2017 Cadillac Escalade proves it’s more completely developed than the new Mercedes SUV. Cadillac was among the first automakers in the world to offer a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot in its vehicles. The 2017 Cadillac Escalade continues this tradition. Buyers looking at the 2017 GLS will need to ask to have this capability added as a premium feature. Additionally, the infotainment systems of both vehicles can work with applications from Apple devices. However, the Cadillac CUE system goes the extra step to also include apps from Android Auto.
Performance of the 2017 Escalade
For the current model year, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade uses its tried-and-true 6.2-liter, V-8 engine. Shoppers considering the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS class will have three power trains to consider; not counting the AMG version. The first two Mercedes options are turbocharged V-6 engines which, obviously, don’t match the performance output of the 2017 Escalade. However, the GLS550 does have a V-8 power plant which has a small advantage over the 6.2-liter engine of the Escalade. This tends not to matter as the Cadillac SUV’s engine is as highly regarded as they come in the class and offer higher towing capacity scores.