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2022 Lexus LX Vs 2022 Cadillac Escalade: Which Is The Ideal Luxury Full-size Hauler?

When it comes to stylish hefty haulers that deliver immense comfort along with a high-tech cabin outfitted with luxury amenities, you’d need to make an in-depth comparison on which of the available options seamlessly gives you premium value for your money.

If you are ready to spend the cash, choosing between the Lexus LX and the Cadillac Escalade could be tricky. The LX and Escalade are two full-size SUVs that need no introduction. They happen to be the flagship vehicles of their various brands, and we all know how well they fit into this class of ultra-luxurious full-size SUVs. This article is designed to help you make the right choice when leasing a full-size SUV in 2022.

What’s New

2022 marks a new beginning for Lexus’ flagship vehicle. The Lexus LX gets a total redesign to commemorate the SUV’s fourth generation after 13 long years of waiting.

Following its complete redesign in 2021, the Escalade only sees slight trim upgrades for the 2022 model year. Safety and driver assistance technology like lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist are now standard on the base trim. Other models except for the base model now feature General Motor’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology, along with front and rear automated emergency braking. Cadillac now offers a new Touring package on the Premium Luxury and Sport models. This package features soft-close doors and illuminated door sill plates.

Power And Transmission

The all-new Lexus LX is powered by a 3.4Liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that generates a whopping 409-horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to the standard 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard across the entire 2022 LX lineup, and the SUV has a towing capacity of around 8000 lbs.

Unlike the Lexus LX, Cadillac offers two engine options for the Escalade. The standard engine is a 6.2Liter V-8 engine that makes 420-horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. You can opt for the optional torquey 3.0Liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 277-hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is standard, while you get to choose between rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Escalade has a slightly higher towing capacity of 8200 lbs.

Handling And Performance

The 2022 LX is still very fresh from its unveiling, and we are yet to test it, but judging from the outgoing model, the LX wasn’t so satisfying to drive. The steering feedback was inconsistent, and handling wasn’t very athletic compared to the LX’s close rivals. The ride was comfortable, as the Ute’s suspension did a fantastic job preventing the bumps from disturbing passengers’ comfort. In terms of off-road performance, the LX is rugged and blessed with serious off-road capabilities. We expect that the Japanese luxury automaker has perfected all the downsides in the LX to help it compete against the Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Mercedes GLS, and other full-size luxury SUVs effectively. With a potent twin-turbo V-6 that generates 26 more horsepower and 76 extra pound-feet of torque, we expect the 2022 LX to accelerate faster than its predecessor who crossed the 0-60mph line in 7.2seconds. If you desire a full-size luxury SUV with refined on-road performance and exceptional off-road abilities, leasing the 2022 Lexus LX is your ideal option.

The Cadillac Escalade offers a comfortable and smooth ride due to its independent rear suspension and adaptive dampers. The Escalade boast athletic handling, satisfactory steering and brake response, and a nimble chassis. A moment behind the wheels of the Escalade, and you’ll forget it is a full-size hauler given its agility on the road. Going off-road, the Escalade is pretty stable and capable, but the Lexus LX is a better off-roader than the Escalade. Coming down to acceleration, the V-8 powered Escalade sprints from 0-60mph in 5.9seconds, while the diesel-powered Escalade is slow at 8.2seconds.

Fuel Economy

The outgoing LX was no fuel-efficient SUV. Though the full-size SUV class is not a place to find powertrains stingy with fuel, some rivals offer a better rating. Given the 2022 Lexus LX engine upgrade, this rating might even diminish further unless the automaker does something spectacular to elevate the haulers fuel rating. The outgoing LX is rated 13/18 mpg in the city and highway, respectively.

The Escalade is not fuel-efficient either, but you can save up on gas if you opt for the turbo-diesel powertrain, though you better be ready to sacrifice a huge chunk of performance. The Escalade with the V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive is rated at 15-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive reduces this rating by 1-mpg in the city and highway. The diesel-powered Escalade is the most fuel-efficient with 21/27-mpg in the city and highway, respectively. Consider leasing the 2022 Cadillac Escalade for its superior fuel rating.


The interior of the newly redesigned Lexus LX can be defined using two words, “Luxury and Comfort.” The available trim levels allow you to configure your LX in the best possible way. The LX can be had as a conventional two-row SUV, a three-row, or a two-row that seats only four, with two pairs of captain chairs divided by a rear-seat center console. The interior is very spacious with high-tech features and upscale materials. On the LX dashboard, there’s an 8.0-inch digital gauge display, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0-inch display for climate controls and other related features. Panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels are all standard, while a head-up display, rear-seat entertainment, massage seats, and six-way power-adjustable seats are available.

The Escalade isn’t less luxurious either. It features an elegant and roomy interior with high-quality materials and futuristic technology. The interior is adorned with adjustable ambient lighting, heated and ventilated seats, power-adjustable seats, and heated steering wheels. You can also opt for a leather-covered dashboard, massage seats, and rear-seat entertainment. The highlight of the Escalade’s interior is the sensational digital dashboard, and it’s not like anything we’ve ever seen. It features a trio of elegantly curved OLED displays, measuring up to 38-inches, with 2X the pixel density of a 4k television.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a luxury full-size SUV that will give you the very best value for your money, the Lexus LX and Cadillac Escalade are no doubt some of the most outstanding choices. However, having seen their differences, the choice is all yours to make.

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