Cadillac Escalade

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Base MSRP price range:
$72,970 - $94,875
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CR Model Summary
The Escalade has been redesigned like the mechanically similar Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban and GMC Yukon & Yukon XL. The standard Magnetic Ride Control makes the ride steady and controlled, though it is a bit stiff at low speeds. Power comes from a new 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8. The six-speed automatic that came at introduction has been replaced by a better eight-speed automatic. Inside is a more luxurious and well-finished interior, with active noise cancellation for a quieter cabin. Leg and headroom are generous, and the third row finally folds flat. The frustrating CUE infotainment system is standard, with voice and touch-screen controls in place of most conventional knobs and buttons.
General Model Specs
Body styles
4-door SUV, extended SUV
Drive wheels
Rear or AWD
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Engines available
6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions available
8-speed automatic
Basic: 4/50
Powertrain: 5 year/ 100,000 mile
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First Drive - Cadillac Escalade
Now that the revamped 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon are out, it's the Escalade's turn to make a splash. GM positions this well-dressed behemoth as its flagship SUV, with pricing to start at $72,900. The version that we tried ... More
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Reliability History - Cadillac Escalade
Trouble spots by year 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Engine Major
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Engine Minor
Electrical System
Safety Specs
Safety belts
Pretensioners, front/rear Yes/no
Air bags
Side air bags, front/rear Standard/no
Side curtain air bags Standard with rollover
Active safety features
Antilock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Daytime running lights Standard
Crash and rollover tests
IIHS front moderate overlap NA
IIHS front small overlap NA
IIHS side crash NA
IIHS rear crash NA
IIHS roof crush NA
NHTSA overall crash score NA
NHTSA overall frontal-crash score NA
NHTSA front-crash, driver/front passenger NA / NA
NHTSA overall side-crash score 5
NHTSA side-crash, driver/rear passenger 5 / 5
NHTSA side pole-crash 5
NHTSA rollover, 2WD/4WD 3 / 3
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