2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade: Battle of the Ballers

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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade: Battle of the Ballers

Cadillac introduced its Escalade full-size luxury SUV more than two decades ago, and even though other luxury brutes existed, what was then simply a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali became a cultural force and an icon of wealth, and it put some polish on a faded American luxury brand. The Escalade continues to be a dominant model in its segment, and it hasn’t slipped as a signifier of social status: Kim Kardashian made headlines with her custom Escalade just last year.

With the Escalade deeply woven into the fabric of American culture, any new challenger needs to bring the luxe-UV goods. That’s the challenge Jeep faced when developing the 2022 Grand Wagoneer. It would need to pull out all the stops and provide even more luxury, comfort, and refinement to best its crosstown rival—and, of course, live up to its Grand Wagoneer forebears, which ceased production in 1991 but which once stood themselves at the pinnacle of luxury SUVs. So, does it succeed? We hit the road with an Escalade and a Grand Wagoneer to find out.

The trims of our comparison test vehicles are primed for direct competition: the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III 4×4 and Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport Platinum. Both had as-tested sticker prices around the $110,000 mark, both are powered by naturally aspirated V-8 engines, and both feature four-wheel drive. They also have bold, showy styling that stands out among more quotidian traffic. These two SUVs also have three rows of seating with room for seven passengers, high-end audio systems, and leather-lined, wood-trimmed interiors with massaging seats up front. This is truly a battle between two of the most luxurious American SUVs money can buy.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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