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The Escalade falls down on the fundamentals as a luxury SUV; it rides too stiffly and can't stop or handle with the grace of its peers. Despite casting a massive shadow, the Cadillac is not even that roomy inside. The second-row seats aren't very comfortable, and the third row is cramped. For those who want more room, a longer ESV version that provides more cargo space is available. The Cue infotainment system is confounding. The real strength of the Escalade lies in its work abilities, with a powerful 420-hp V8 and impressive tow capacity. Reliability has been well below average, ranking worst in class. We consider a well-trimmed Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL to be a smarter buy.

Road Test

Few vehicles can equal the imposing declaration of Brobdingnagian bling that marks the arrival of a Cadillac Escalade. From its jewel-like headlights to the giant chrome wheels and roof-to-bumper LED taillights, the Escalade is designed to tell hoi p...

Highs

  • Luxurious interior
  • Stand-out styling

Lows

  • Stiff ride
  • Convoluted infotainment system

Best Version to Get

Skip the base trim level and get a Luxury version for its vital active-safety features: Blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and forward-collision warning are not available on the base version. Unfortunately, going with the Luxury trim also includes 22-inch wheels, which deliver a...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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