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The redesigned Cadillac Escalade shares much with the similar Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, including the move to a contemporary independent rear suspension. But this luxury three-row SUV is much more luxurious and high-tech than its siblings.
It is super roomy, rides comfortably and is very quiet. The standard engine is a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8 that supplies effortless power and the 10-speed automatic transmission is smooth. Like its siblings, the high step-in compromises access and the tall hood hampers visibility. Handling is a bit ungainly. The plush cabin is overflowing with high-tech features, including a large display that houses the infotainment system that's relatively easy to use. The Escalade comes standard with FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection. Plus, it offers the impressive Super Cruise that assists driving on freeways. Another option is night vision that helps identify pedestrians or animals beyond the headlights' range.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
Few vehicles arrive with the Escalade's imposing look. It's extremely quiet and plush inside, with a natty interior finished in stitched leather.
But its luxury is disappointingly skin deep. The stiff ride, particularly with the 22-inch wheels, is out of place in a luxury vehicle. With its clumsy handling and mediocre braking performance, the Escalade makes other full-sized SUVs seem graceful. Power is plentiful, but even with the new eight-speed automatic the Caddy gets just 16 mpg. For all its size, none of its seats really leave room to stretch out. And the third-row seat is tiny in the regular-length version. The unintuitive CUE infotainment system is a constant aggravation. Updates for 2016 included available lane-keeping assist and the addition of Apple CarPlay to the infotainment system. Updates for 2018 included a new 10-speed automatic, replacing the eight-speed unit.
$68,300 - $82,425
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$61,850 - $78,900
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$55,700 - $74,350
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$48,750 - $63,975
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$40,100 - $50,425
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$35,550 - $44,725
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2007-2014
2007 Redesign Year
A redesign for 2007 brought a 403-hp, 6.2-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic. Maximum towing capacity is 8,100 pounds.
The interior is much nicer, but handling is clumsy, fuel economy is poor at 13 mpg overall, and the third-row seat is small. Still, when it comes to luxury, nothing else in the category (built in America) can compete with the ultra-plush Escalade's features. As long as you focus on comfort and space, the Escalade shines. Bring dynamics into the equation and there are better offerings to be had from offshore.
$27,900 - $33,525
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$21,125 - $29,500
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$19,150 - $26,325
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$15,350 - $22,975
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$12,475 - $18,525
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$10,925 - $17,975
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$13,200 - $16,700
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$12,875 - $14,950
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2002-2006
2002 Redesign Year
With leather upholstery, wood trim, a cushier ride, and an inflated price tag, the Escalade became the full-size American luxury SUV of choice when it was introduced. The 2002 redesign was still truck-based, with power coming from a large 6.0-liter V8 engine.
The ESV is a longer version based on the Chevrolet Suburban, while the EXT pickup is essentially a plusher version of the Chevrolet Avalanche.
$8,475 - $9,825
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$5,325 - $6,675
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$4,750 - $5,925
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$4,300 - $5,550
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$3,400 - $4,875
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1999-2000
This sheep in cashmere clothing pretends to be an all-new luxury SUV, but it's just a rebadged Chevy Tahoe with leather upholstery, wood trim, a cushier ride, and an inflated price tag. Virtues include a powerful engine, a smooth-shifting transmission, selectable full-time four-wheel drive, and a spacious interior.
But expect sloppy handling and abysmal fuel economy. This generation Escalade was short-lived as a quick fix so Cadillac dealers had an SUV to sell like their Lincoln competitors do.
$2,825 - $4,125
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