Suburban/Yukon/Escalade Feature Matrix?

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  1. arubicon

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    I'm considering purchasing a lower mileage 2016+ Suburban, Yukon XL or Escalade ESV. Looking at values in the Northeast US, I find the features and costs confusing between the models. I've found several Escalade ESVs that can be had for less than a Denali XL of similar year and mileage. I'm guessing this is down to the brand/styling preference but objectively, the Escalade seems like the better choice in every measurable way, unless I'm missing something.

    Has someone come up with a feature matrix between all of these siblings? With pricing on the secondary market homogenizing these $55-80k trucks to a much less huge price swing it seems like one needs to be careful when searching for trim levels to make sure a critical feature isn't missing and also to maximize value.

    I plan to tow a camper trailer a few times per year for relatively short distances (less than 100 miles) so the 6.2 and 8 speed is preferable I think. Again, the Escalade comes standard with these as far as I can tell though the tow package does not. Android Auto is a must and I've grown accustomed to the adaptive cruise control on my Volt but I believe the Platinum trim on the Escalade is needed for that which pushes the price up considerably.
     
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    It really all boils down to the features you personally have to have and what styling you prefer more. Keep in mind for towing, the Escalade does not come with a factory integrated trailer brake controller, where as I believe the upper trim package suburban and the XL Denali do have that. Important in my book for towing.
     
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    I'd start by downloading the brochures and make a spreadsheet.
     
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    I have a 2016 denali and had a 2015 escalade. Although the escalade had a higher price tag it had less options.

    Escalade was missing adaptive cruise, rear dvd. Might not of had heads up display I cant remember.

    Other than that very similar trucks. Not sure the price difference is worth it for the escalade new. Although you can option a escalade higher and have things the denali wouldnt have I choose not too.
    More prestige when during the escalade and should hold resale better.
     
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    That’s interesting. My best friends parents have a 2015 ESV, and it has two rear DVD players. I also have several clients with eskys in the year range and all of them have rear dvd. I’ve never seen a K2XX esky without.
     
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    A matrix would be nice. When I was in your position I just studied the heck out of all of them. The trim level for each of the GM triplets makes a huge difference. For example, the Denali which is the top end of GMC actually sits higher than the bottom 1-2 trims of the Escalade. Other than styling differences, the Denali has better equipment and features in my opinion. However, the top 2 trims of the Escalade (premium luxury, and platinum) have more features than the Denali. But really its a matter of what's important to you.

    I have an Esky and the features I liked a lot are the seats, 360 degree surround camera system, and rear view mirror camera/video where you can see out the back through your rear view mirror using a separate rear facing camera; its useful if you have your vehicle packed to the ceiling or if you have the ceiling mounted DVDs dropped down.

    But as someone mentioned the Esky doesn't have an integrated trailer brake controller. It has a tow/haul mode where you can switch gears and down shift according to grade, but that's it. So if that's important to you consider the Denali or Suburban.

    I mentioned the reasons I like the Escalade, but to be honest, I like the Denali a lot too and would have been just as happy with that. And I would have been 99% as happy with the 5.3l Suburban Premier, that's a nice truck too. I definitely need to have cooled seats which is why I stated Premier (or LTZ) trim for the Suburban.

    I would start by figuring out if you want a 5.3 or 6.2 engine. I could have gone with either but I really, really like the power of the 6.2, a LOT. Then from there drive them, study them, and the right decision will come to you. Good luck.
     
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    GTNator, Several on here have stated that the Chevy, GMC and Cadillac are all the same as far as seat materials. My question is on the Cadillac do the upper trim levels have plushier seats or softer leather than the Chevy or GMC.
     
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    If you ask GM, they’ll say that Denali leather is nicer than Chevy, and Cadillac leather is a step up from Denali. But I don’t know if it’s true or if it is true, by how much. Bottom line is they all feel really good and will last. Underneath the leather, the cushions are very similar too.

    Having said that what I like about the Escalade seats is the final product. They are shaped differently, the leather “feels” thicker (not sure if it is) and ultimately the seat feels different too. To me they are a bit more sporty and supportive, wrapping around ones body. Some people might not like that; but I was coming from a BMW and so to me it felt great. Also, the Platinum trim gets you massage seats which is kind of ridiculous, but once you try it, you’ll always want a massage during you’re commute home after a long day at work, lol.

    I really recommend sitting in them all, side by side if possible, if not, do it in the same day. And sit in more than one of each brand. Now one thing I definitely noticed was the difference between cooled/ventilated and non-ventilated seats. The ventilated (LTZ/Premiere and Denali) are a bit more supportive in the seat. Some may call it harder, but to me it’s more supportive. The LT (non-ventilated) seats sink in too much for me. Again, this is all subjective so go drive and sit in as many as you can.




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    We found no preowned inventory in So Org Co in 2014 for 07 & 08 Denali XL. No one was letting them go and the 60-70k mi examples were all at dealers with most asking $28-34k. All the optioned out, cherry condition 06 NBS Denali XL were at out of state dealers. It was a sellers market and our hope to find a sub $20k NNBS Denali XL seemed hopeless.

    What we wanted was available at reputable dealers located in diesel predominant truck counties. We drove the worst freeways in the US, 140 miles, for 3.5 hrs to get out the door, w/ taxes, license and fees for $19.9k for a fully optioned XL that sat for 3+ mo and was lowered from $24k to $18.5. The poor dealer left EVERY bit of ppwk in the glovebox showing the one owner truck was traded in for $16k at 96k miles.

    A trailer brake was added by past owner, Fact DVD, Navi, remote start, 20’s, 2nd row bench, heated steering wheel, all fwy miles back n forth from CA to OR. Our other XL purch option was an 07 w/ 85k mi requiring travel to BFE the opposite direction. Ironically its only option was the one our 08 did not have, power running boards, lol. All maint marks hit the mark on the 08. I did not like dong a purch at night but the Mopar dealer was reputed as trustworthy.

    I took the long long way around the block to say: buy the most optioned out vehicle you can. You’ll enjoy it more, keep it longer and get a higher resale or, God forbid, totaled out value. Knowing we’d keep it longer, we purchased a $3.9k service contract covering everything for 4 yr or until 136k miles. That paid us back an add’l 3-$4k in repairs. Some dealer repairs like the alternator and radiator have a lifetime warranty on parts and labor.

    Start w/ a known vehicle w/ excellent ratings, shop the hell out of the market for a preloved, optioned out example and leave the depreciation behind. We’re in $19.5k, $3.9k on a service contract that paid back $8k in repairs.

    If we resell this 2 owner 08 XL it’s factory serviced @ 136k mi, fully optioned in Blk, Blk, Blk. A $5h detail and sale via private party would almost get us back the initial investment factoring in the maint that the serv contr donated and it’s a non AFM motor.

    Features and options. Reminds me of the restaurant supply company SE Reykoff who’s trucks read, Enjoy Life ....

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