Trucks & SUVs

You Won’t Regret Buying a 2020 Lexus GX Instead of A Cadillac Escalade

Both the 2020 Cadillac Escalade and the 2020 Lexus GX are good luxury SUV options for families. However, the Lexus had fewer problems than the Cadillac in a consumer survey performed by J.D. Power. According to the survey, owners are a bit more satisfied with their GX 460 purchase than the Escalade in terms of the quality of their vehicle and the number of issues it’s had.

2020 Lexus GX driving away from the city skyline
2020 Lexus GX | Lexus

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is not, by any means, a bad vehicle. In fact, both of these luxury SUVs made the top 10 list for quality. They also both won the J.D. Power award for initial quality. Each is a good example of a three-row luxury SUV. However, families who decided that the 2020 Lexus GX 460 is the right SUV for them don’t regret it.

Is the 2020 Cadillac Escalade any good?

Yes, the 2020 Escalade is a good family SUV. It’s a recognizable pop-culture icon in addition to its satisfying 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates a brawny 420 horsepower. It’s a little pricey though, starting around $75 grand. And the 2021 model year got a full redesign, so the 2020 model year is on the tail end of its generation.

A black Cadillac Escalade on display at an auto show
A black Cadillac Escalade on display | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a luxury SUV that ranked No. 3 out of 10 on the list of highest quality SUVs in 2020. In fact, just because buyers of the 2020 Lexus GX 460 don’t regret choosing it over the Escalade doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone regrets buying a new Cadillac Escalade. This is a big carpooler with vast amounts of passenger and cargo space. Plus, the creature comforts it offers are on par with what you’d expect from a family SUV in the luxury segment.

Each configuration can provide seating for up to eight passengers. The cavernous cabin makes the Escalade a tall person’s dream SUV. There weren’t changes for the 2020 model. But this actually might contribute to it’s not having as many problems as most of the competition.

The Escalade is the Brand's largest and most luxurious SUV.
Cadillac Escalade | Cadillac

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Is the 2020 Lexus GX 460 a good SUV?

In terms of reliability meeting luxury, it’s difficult to beat the Lexus GX. The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is built on the Toyota Prado platform. On top of its luxurious interior and reliable reputation, the 2020 Lexus GX 460 is also an extremely formidable off-roader.

2020 Lexus GX parked in front of a house
2020 Lexus GX | Lexus

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It seats up to seven passengers to the 2020 Escalade’s eight. Plus, it’s smaller frame sacrifices interior space. However, it is easier to maneuver and far more simple to park compared to the beastly Cadillac SUV. Plus it starts at a lower price point about $20 grand cheaper.

In 2020, the GX received some refreshing updates that included styling tweaks and revisions to both the exterior and interior. This family-friendly luxury SUV also got a full slew of new driving assistance systems. There’s also a new off-road package for those families with a bit more of a wild adventurous streak.

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While its 310 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine isn’t quite as burly as the V8 found under the hood of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade, the 2020 GX 460 is the only SUV on the list of top quality luxury SUVs that features standard four-wheel drive.

What’s the better luxury SUV

The verdict here is a bit difficult. Each family is different, so naturally, they will all want something unique to their wants and needs. That said, both of these large luxury SUVs are a good choice for families.

a 2020 lexus GX 460 off-road
2020 Lexus GX 460 | Lexus

In terms of quality, they are both award-winning. Plus, they both made it in the top three for the highest quality luxury SUVs. While you may ultimately decide the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is the one for you, I doubt anyone regrets choosing the 2020 Lexus GX 460 instead.