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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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88
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CR Model Summary
This giant SUV, based on the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, brings a big 420-hp V8 with more punch, posher interior appointments, and lots of chrome. But the Escalade's opulence goes only skin deep. It falls down on the fundamentals as a car: It rides hard, and can't stop or handle nearly as well as other full-sized luxury SUVs, which feels out of place in an $80,000 vehicle. It's not even that roomy inside, especially for such a leviathan. The front seats are kind of narrow, the second-row seats aren't very comfortable, and the third row is cramped. It's available in an extended-length ESV version the size of the Suburban for those who want more space. 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
Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Engines available
6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions available
8-speed automatic
Warranty
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
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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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