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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 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2015 Cadillac Escalade has been recalled 7 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Sep 06 2019
As the vacuum level drops, the brake assist decreases, increasing braking effort, extending the distance required to stop the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade, 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, 2015-2018 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon vehicles. The amount of vacuum created by the vacuum pump may decrease over time.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Electronic Brake Control Module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-630-2438, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N192268490.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V645000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3456111
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Sep 07 2018
If EPS assist is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade vehicles. Electric power steering (EPS) assist may be lost momentarily, followed by a sudden return of EPS assist.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the EPS module software, free of charge. The recall began October 12, 2018. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18289.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V586000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1015918
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Jul 10 2017
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles, 2014-2017 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles. While being previously remedied for recall 16V-651, the affected vehicles may not have received the complete software update necessary to remedy the recall condition. Without the update, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2017. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 17287.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V437000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 40683
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Sep 08 2016
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles. In the affected vehicles, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 13, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16007.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V651000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3640162
AIR BAGS
Oct 06 2014
Inconsistent air bag deployment increases the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles. The passenger side instrument panel top cover on the affected vehicles may have been manufactured using an incorrect spacer fabric, causing a reduction of adhesion between the spacer fabric and the vinyl show surface. This reduced adhesion may result in inconsistent passenger air bag deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel top cover, free of charge. The recall began on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14686.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V624000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1046
AIR BAGS
May 16 2014
In the event of an accident, an air bag that only partially deploys increases the risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles manufactured April 6, 2014, through May 13, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the air bag module is secured to a chute adhered to the backside of the instrument panel with an insufficiently heated infrared weld. This may result in only a partial deployment of the front passenger air bag in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
GM sent the owners an interim notification letter on May 16, 2014 to advise owners of the recall, and will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the instrument panel right side upper trim panel, free of charge. The recall began on June 9, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14220. Note: Owners are advised that until the vehicle has been remedied, occupants should not sit in the front passenger seat position.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V259000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2838
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM
Jan 13 2014
The overheated exhaust components may melt nearby plastic parts and may result in an engine fire.
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, and 2015 model year Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV; Chevrolet Silverado HD; and GMC Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL, equipped with a 4.3L engine or 5.3L engine.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module, free of charge. The recall began on January 16, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number for this recall is 14008.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V007000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 325213
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