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Cadillac Escalade

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Pros and cons

  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Excellent towing capability
  • Quiet, high-quality cabin
  • Air suspension system can cause rough ride
  • High cargo floor can make loading difficult
  • Limited space in third row seats
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats7
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption16.4 - 16.6 L/100km
  • Highway consumption10.9 - 11.7 L/100km
  • Width2045 mm
  • Length5697 mm
  • Trunk space1113 L
  • Cargo space3424 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Cadillac Escalade 2015 - present is available in 6 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Standard roof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Automatic parking
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Base trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Base trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Luxury trim features and specs

Available with the Luxury trim:
  • Rear seats electrically adjustable (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available with the Luxury trim:
  • High-beam assist
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Luxury trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Luxury trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Head-Up display (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Premium trim features and specs

Available with the Premium trim:
  • Rear seats electrically adjustable (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available with the Premium trim:
  • High-beam assist
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Premium trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Premium trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Head-Up display
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Premium Luxury trim features and specs

Available with the Premium Luxury trim:
  • Rear seats electrically adjustable (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available with the Premium Luxury trim:
  • High-beam assist
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Premium Luxury trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Premium Luxury trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Head-Up display (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Platinum trim features and specs

Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Front seats adjust to body shape
  • Rear seats electrically adjustable (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Ventilated front seats
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • High-beam assist
  • Standard roof
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front seats centre airbag
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Head-Up display (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat

Overview

Learn about the Cadillac Escalade

Summary

The Cadillac Escalade is one of the most recognizable names in the automotive world. It’s known as the de facto choice for those looking for the best in big American luxury SUVs. The Escalade’s appeal is more than skin-deep too. Thanks to its truck-based platform and powerful V8 engine, this SUV is capable of towing a lot compared to its other car-based competitors. Buyers have the option of rear-wheel drive or the popular choice of four-wheel drive. The Cadillac Escalade comes with seating for five, seven or eight, depending on generation and model.

Safety

The Cadillac Escalade is related to General Motors’ pickup trucks under the hood, giving it a toughness that most of its competitors can’t match. It also offers a commanding view of the road, thanks to its high seating position.

Every Escalade includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS) to keep your wheels from locking and at least two airbags—up to seven airbags on newer trucks. Traction and stability control systems, which prevent skidding, are also standard. Other standard safety features on newer models from around 2012 and onwards include:

  • Automatic Parking Assist, which steers for you while parallel or stall parking
  • Hill Start Assist, helping you to maintain the brakes as you switch to the gas pedal
  • Surround Vision, giving drivers a simulated 360-degree outside view on the in-dash screen (latest models)
  • Teen Driver mode, which locks most driver-aid systems on (from 2017)

Interior

Sitting at the top of the brand range, the Cadillac Escalade has an opulent interior. Every model features leather-covered seats and steering wheel, with wood detailing throughout. Colours and layout are dependent on trim level and year—be sure to look at multiple vehicles to find the best fit. For an additional price, buyers can spec the following:

  • Second and third-row entertainment systems
  • Heated and cooled cupholders
  • Power sunroof with included sunshade

Technology

Each Cadillac Escalade generation has packed in plenty of tech for its time. Earlier models feature six-disc CD players and a premium Bose sound system. In the last decade, Escalades have introduced adaptive remote starters, rearview cameras and blind-spot monitoring systems. The latest model adds an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, as well as the dedicated Cadillac app.

Space

Most Cadillac Escalades feature three rows of seats, offering space for seven or eight passengers. Only the first generation (1999–2000) and EXT pickup (2001–2013) feature five seats. All Escalades offer substantial amounts of space, though third-row legroom is tight in the regular models. The third row also can’t fold flat, and a high cargo floor can make grocery loading tricky. Need more capacity in the way-back? Look for the ESV extended-wheelbase model, which adds 24 cm of legroom in the rear. 

Comfort

The Cadillac Escalade’s interior is top quality and well insulated, making for a quiet cabin. Its powerful V8 engine and smooth-shifting automatic transmission make getting up to highway speed easy. Be sure to test-drive models equipped with the air suspension system, as some drivers report that it can make for a choppy ride.

Frequently asked questions

The Cadillac Escalade comes with a price tag appropriate for its place as the brand's flagship vehicle. Newer models can hit $100,000 after options, though you can find second-hand vehicles at nearly half that.

Most, but not all. The latest models are only available with four-wheel drive. Older models came as standard with rear-wheel drive, but many buyers choose the four-wheel drive option.

The Cadillac Escalade seats either seven or eight passengers. There are two exceptions to this: the rare first-gen Escalade (1999–2000) and the truck-like Escalade EXT.

It can be in the shape of the EXT model, which comes with a short truck bed. Otherwise, the Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV.

There is no clear answer on what ESV stands for on the longer Escalade. The debate rages on, but the most popular answer is "Extended Stretch Vehicle".