Cadillac Escalade

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Base MSRP price range:
$72,970 - $94,875
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Ratings Category: Luxury sport-utility vehicles
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CR Model Summary
This blinged-out luxury version of the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL has been redesigned for 2015. Abundant power comes from its new 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic for better response and fuel economy. The standard Magnetic Ride Control keeps the big SUV steady and controlled, but the ride is stiff and jarring over bumps, which feels out of place in an $80,000 vehicle. The sumptuous interior is one of the best we've seen, and active noise cancellation keeps the cabin very quiet. The third row finally folds flat although not fully into the floor. The frustrating Cue infotainment system relies on 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
GM positions this well-dressed behemoth as its flagship SUV, with pricing to start at $72,900. The version that we bought stickered at $87,360, that's what you pay for such status-mongers as a Range Rover or a Mercedes-Benz GL. The new "Slad... 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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