on point here. most Escalades that I see around where I am at are a 3 to 4 year lease /purchase that can be written off / depreciated as a business expense for most buyers of these. then its rinse and repeat for them for the newer face lifted version. Navigators are in same class. so long term longevity expectations don't really factor into their purchase decision. And the used market that buys these heavily depreciated rigs are a demographic on their own looking for the image OR the entertainment industry (read club n hotel transportation n such). the yukon denalis are very similar although they do have more of a suburban / domestic audience than the escalades. The personal escalade buyers cross shop it with the range rover and tend to lean towards the latter from what I've seen - more prestige I guess.It’s interesting. People don’t seem to have any problem dropping 80-100k on an Escalade. I have never seen a two year old Escalade that didn’t rattle. When you get into the four year old Escalades, they look like junk. I mean seriously look like they should be scrapped for parts. Trim pieces falling off, paint issues, etc. ai am sure that somewhere, somebody has a well maintained, four year old Escalade that does not have issues, but I have never seen it. They actually seem to be built to worse tolerances than the Tahoe and Yukon, when supposedly the Escalades are the premium of the platform.
Having said that, I travel quite a bit and rent cars regularly. Tahoes and Yukons are standard for most agency fleets, and while they are nice to drive as a rental, if they have more than 10k, it is predictable. The front interior door handles will be loose, the dash will rattle, and at least one of the power seat controllers will not work. It has been like this for years.
Why do people tolerate crap like that on $60k vehicles? Hell, there are people that have asked Toyota to pay for a cracked radiator on a 200 series with 90k miles. The tolerances in the vehicle build mirror the tolerances of the buyers I guess.
The non denali yukons and tahoes probably have a longer average ownership duration than the denali yukons / escalades from my anecdotal observation , although, I have not looked at hard data to confirm this.