2011 Cadillac
Escalade
vs. 2011 GMC
Yukon Denali

2011 Cadillac Escalade

10.0

starting from

$64,405

Reasons to buy the Cadillac Escalade

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Premium radio
Standard
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Average number of passenger seats
8
2011 GMC Yukon Denali

9.8

Runner-up

GMC Yukon Denali

starting from

$54,600
"The multipurpose screen also offers an uncluttered layout for the audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's stereo
"With many luxury and high-tech features, the Yukon remains user-friendly."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's controls

Reasons to buy the GMC Yukon Denali

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Power outlets
Standard
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Quite expensive
$54,600
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Has speed-sensitive volume
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Escalade 's satellite radio
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Yukon Denali
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Almost the same, 13.6 lb/hp vs 14.0 lb/hp
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have spacious front seats
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Cost

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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MSRP $64,405 vs $54,600 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 14 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Escalade 's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Yukon Denali is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Escalade 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Yukon Denali is OK, too

Entertainment System

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Yukon Denali's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Escalade does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Escalade 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs No Neither has an audio-in jack for personal music devices
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Yukon Denali

Performance

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Horsepower 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.6 lb/hp vs 14.0 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Practicality

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Escalade
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2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 108.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 64.0 ft3 vs 62.9 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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Base payload capacity 1612 lb vs 1620 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Yukon Denali's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Escalade
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 7 vs 6 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 158 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Escalade vs Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover HSE Escalade vs Range Rover HSE
2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Escalade vs Land Cruiser
2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Nissan Armada Platinum Escalade vs Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Escalade vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Yukon Denali vs Land Cruiser
2011 GMC Yukon SLT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Yukon SLT vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Lincoln Navigator Yukon Denali vs Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Nissan Armada SL Yukon Denali vs Armada SL
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover HSE Yukon Denali vs Range Rover HSE

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Mike11CTSV Mike11CTSV (0:53 AM, November 01, 2012)
What is this shit? So much of the information is flat out WRONG. Premium Audio? Denali has a Bose system with XM. It also has an iPod input and subwoofer. Moonroof? Standard on both vehicles. Air compressor for increased power output? What? An air compressor is for inflating tires and suspensions, and both vehicles have one for their load leveling rear suspensions. The only compressor that increases power is a supercharger. Your Road Test times are way off. Both run 0-60 in under 6.5 second and high 14's in the 1/4.


In case you couldn't guess, I own one of these. The one that's a better all around vehicle for a bargain price. The Yukon Denali AWD.