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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 the hoi polloi you've made it -- and they haven't. But while it's easy to understand the Escalade's snob appeal elite, this SUV's luxury is disappointingly skin deep.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard 2002-2006, not available 2007-2009, standard from 2010. ESC available in 2002, standard from 2003. Head protection air bags standard from 2007.
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 the hoi polloi you've made it -- and they haven't.

But while it's easy to understand the Escalade's snob appeal elite, this SUV's luxury is disappointingly skin deep.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Cadillac Escalade owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Needed to replace the camera due to clarity”

Anonymous, KY (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“car did not display backup camera when in reverse”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The systems maos were not current with roads and all smart phone maps at the time of purchase. The system requires expensive updates for a system that costs more than a smart phone or GPS device that include updates. It is also very complicated to operate, requires too many detailed steps to get destinations input. The voice option requires too many steps to make it viable for people that regularly use map apps and smart phone operating systems”

Samuel N., NV (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“Rear entertainment system is out dated for its production year. Despite asking at time of purchase you can not connect a 2014 Apple device to the 2015 system, making it worthless and never used over 40K+ miles”

Samuel N., NV (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“See previous description”

Daron O., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“intermittant results; have to pair the phone again too often”

Michael B., IN (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Problem from factory. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, MS (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“Vibration”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“Noisy and would clunk when shifting”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“Total transmission failure”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“Replaced transmission once. Still does not shift properly. It has been in the shop over 30 days so far and still not resolved”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Condenser

“Took the agency 3 weeks to get the part”

Gary S., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)
Automatic climate control

“Completely stopped working and GM Parts were not available for 2-3 weeks, had to drive a loaner vehicle”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“Loose hose”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Engine has a miss at idle in drive and park. Whole vehicle shakes and cadillac says this is normal or doesn't want to fix it. Also has bad vibration around 35mph in driveline. We also had tons of electrical problems. Been in shop 40 days of 120 owned”

Don K., OH (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“shifting into and out of 4wheel drive by itself, high RPMs, car eventually would not drive”

James L., MN (2015 Cadillac Escalade Unsure 6.2-L V8)
Traction control

“Rain slick street, just a drizzle, at a stop light. When I accelerate to turn the vehicle fishtails. Almost every time”

Nancy T., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“heated seats inoperable and were necessarily replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“I have gotten locked out with the fobs on the vehicle. Still not fixed”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)
Headlights

“Safety-related issue: LED Headlamps are "cooler" than halogen and result in slush build-up on headlamps in wintery conditions. There is no provision for headlamp washers /heaters on the Escalade. . This causes one to stop and clean the lamps on tr”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Horribly slow. Display doesn't show all of a longer song title but has a HUGE "XM" logo taking up 1/3 of the screen. Doesn't display music properly when I insert thumb drive (i.e. no playlists although there are 20; shows 3 copies of songs, etc). A”

Daron O., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“It does not work well. need to make many attempts to get it to respond. other things change by accident. you need a co-pilot to safely operate it. Too distracting to operate while driving”

Adrienne R., CA (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“not user friendly; impossible to make settings, adjust or change w/o the manual”

Michael B., IN (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“when the car is cold usually in the morning when the car is first moving forward and gets to8/9 mph it has a hard shift not always but often”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“eight speed shifting isn't smooth. reprogramming of shift sequence helped but it still isn't right”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Bushings had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

“Auto leveling feature did not work properly. When a boat is attached for trailering, vehicle was severely inclined such that head lights blinded on coming traffic”

Adrienne R., CA (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Massive roof water leak”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

“Rattling from passenger door area”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“The car constantly rumbles like a heart palpitation. The loaner we had didn't have that. This car is a certified pre owned nightmare”

Eric R., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

“Engine noise and rumble triggered them to change mounts and shim the engine. The car is less than 2 years old”

Eric R., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“The dealership replaced the back brake pads for free due to the control issue when turning and fishtailing. Yet it continues to fishtail”

Nancy T., TX (2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Have to bring it in”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

“cooling seat fan had to be replaced due to vibration”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Cadillac Escalade Base 6.2-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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