Cadillac Super Cruise Pricing Starts At $2,500 On 2021 Escalade

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Cadillac is finally expanding its excellent Super Cruise driver-assist system to other vehicles and the 2021 Escalade is one of the first on the expanded list of cars to come with the piece of tech. Unfortunately, for consumers, it won’t be a cheap upgrade. GM Authority reports that depending on trim level and other required packages, adding Super Cruise to the large SUV will cost between $2,500 and $6,150.

If you’re looking to save money on the new 2021 Escalade by sticking with the base Luxury trim level we have some bad news for you. That trim won’t be available with Super Cruise at all. You’ll have to move up to a higher trim level to even be able to add Super Cruise as an option.

On the Premium Luxury trim, Super Cruise is an extra $2,500, but you have to add the Driver Assist and Technology Package, which is an extra $3,650. That brings the total up to $6,150. It’s the same case for the Sport trim. For both the Premium Luxury Platinum and the Sport Platinum trims, Super Cruise is still $2,500 more, but the Driver Assist and Technology Package is standard. So, on those two trims, the semi-autonomous feature is only an additional $2,500.

Super Cruise was introduced on the Cadillac CT6 a few years back as a $5,000 option on two of the sedan’s trim levels. For the 2020 model year, pricing for the CT6 went up, but Super Cruise became standard on higher trims. Based on what we saw with the CT6, we were expecting at least one of the 2021 Escalade’s trims to come with Super Cruise as standard, but that’s not the case.

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise system is a semi-autonomous feature that allows drivers to physically take their hands off the wheel when driving on highways. The system only works on highways that Cadillac has mapped in the United States and Canada, though the automaker is constantly adding new highways. On a mapped highway, Super Cruise handles most of the driving by maintaining a set speed, braking, navigating slight curves, keeping the vehicle in its lane of travel, and automatically changing lanes when the driver engages the stock. The system is General Motors’ direct competitor to Tesla’s Autopilot.

Having spent some time with Cadillac’s Super Cruise system on the CT6, I have to say that it’s well worth the money if and only if you believe you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the highway. Super Cruise does take a lot of the fatigue and hassle out of highway driving, which can quickly become tiresome. It’s also simple to use and, unlike Tesla’s Autopilot system, is harder to fool, as an onboard camera and infrared sensors on the steering wheel are constantly tracking your eye and head movements to make sure you’re looking straight ahead. If the system finds that the driver isn’t paying attention after a certain amount of time or fails to react to multiple warnings, it will bring the vehicle to a halt in its lane of travel.

Besides the Escalade, Cadillac is set to make Super Cruise available on the CT4, CT5, and XT6. We wouldn’t be surprised for those vehicles to adopt a similar pricing structure as the Escalade when it comes to adding Super Cruise as an option.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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