Compare 2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Cadillac Escalade
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2021 Cadillac Escalade


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

6.2L 8cyl


3.0L 6cyl Turbo
420 HP


362 HP
15 city / 20 hwy*

Fuel Economy

20 city / 24 hwy*

Serving Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Cadillac Escalade at Cadillac of Fort Walton Beach has always been a large SUV, but it is even bigger this year with a longer wheelbase that adds more room to the interior. Along with its massive frame and cavernous interior, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a silky-smooth ride with a new independent rear suspension system. One of the most notable updates for the Escalade, which received a design refresh for 2021, is a new infotainment layout with a nearly 40-inch dual-display system spanning the dashboard. Pulsating lights and standard 22-inch wheels give the Escalade a stunning exterior design. The Escalade competes with the 2021 Mercedes GLS, which is another large luxury SUV, but the Escalade has a more innovative infotainment system, greater towing power, and a more spacious cabin.

Style and Design

Part of the refresh for the Escalade this year, which you can check out with your online test drive, is a reworked front end and updated lights from front to back. A black mesh grille gives the Cadillac Escalade a bold look, and it comes standard with large 22-inch wheels. The Cadillac also has innovative and high-tech lights with multi-dimensional LED lights in the front and bright LED lights in back. It also has puddle lights for elegance and visibility. The Mercedes has LED headlights, but its lights don’t have the same dimensional and contemporary appearance. You also don’t have as many choices for the GLS’s wheels.


If you are looking for a large SUV that can easily hold a large family plus luggage and gear, the 2021 Escalade is a superior option. The Cadillac Escalade adds about 10 inches of room to the cabin this year, giving everyone more room to stretch out and relax than before. The Escalade has nearly 123 cubic feet of volume overall with the seats folded down. In comparison, the Mercedes only has 84 cubic feet of storage capacity. It doesn’t have as much space as the Cadillac for occupants, especially in the back rows. The Cadillac Escalade also has an impressive technology configuration with a 16.9-inch touchscreen display along with a separate 14.2-inch instrument cluster that provides performance information. The Mercedes only has 24 inches of screen compared to nearly 40 with the Cadillac.

Performance and Handling

The Cadillac Escalade is also a top choice for towing power. Its maximum tow rating is 8,400 pounds, which is more than the 7,700-pound towing capacity that the Mercedes provides. The Cadillac also has the option of a diesel engine, which gives it a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG, while the Mercedes averages just 21 MPG combined at best.

Take an Online Test Drive

If you’ve decided that you now want to give the 2021 Cadillac Escalade at Cadillac of Fort Walton Beach a try, our dealership is ready to help. We make trying the Cadillac simpler than ever with our user-friendly and convenient Cadillac Escalade online test drive. All you need is access to a computer or phone, and you can set up your online test drive at home or wherever you want to try out the car. The virtual Cadillac Escalade online test drive gives you all the advantages of test driving a car in person, but there are no visits to the dealership or waiting in line required. Instead, you can take the Escalade for a ride down local roads or cruise down the highway to see how it performs. As you drive, you can try the Escalade’s impressive new technology and check out its safety aids, including Super Cruise. You’ll be able to ask the staff at Cadillac of Fort Walton Beach any questions that come up about the Escalade or how it compares to the Mercedes. We can also give you more information about purchasing the Escalade online.

To get all the latest details on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade at Cadillac of Fort Walton Beach or for assistance with your online test drive, contact the friendly and professional staff today at Cadillac of Fort Walton Beach.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.