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 hoi polloi that 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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This is probably the most quiet vehicle I have ever owned. The handling is exceptional."

DAYLE P., CA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"engine management system makes for a highly controlled exepreince."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Great acceleration. Smooth ride."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Transmission is not as smooth as I would like. Obvious slippage on occasion."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Decent mileage, firm handling, 22" wheels a bit large but overall - good dynamics."

Cornelius D., MD (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"transmission is a little clunky"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"There is an irregular rough idle that required multiple service visits. They are not able to correct the problem.They say it is within spec and that some of theirs do this and others do not. It is very aggravating."

John R., LA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"The acceleration and handling of the Escalade is the best. It is easy to drive."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Amazed that I get 23 mpg at 80mph with huge V8 in such a heavy vehicle."

David D., CO (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Love the adaptive cruise control, really helps with driving in Los Angeles traffic."

Mark B., CA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"It has excellent accelration, handles well in all weather conditions and I really like the adaptive cruise control in traffic"

J O., NC (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"A comfortable car to drive."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Bought a trailer in Florida and towed it home. Wouldn’t have been able to do it with anything else except perhaps a Navigator"

Tim C., ON (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Driving and handling, especially with a load or towing a heavy load are very good, although factory standard Bridgestone tires are nearly hazardous in rain and snow at 24,000 miles. Acceleration is better than respectable, even with a heavy load."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Cadillac Escalade)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"wonderful seats. Like the massage feature. Ride is much smoother then the 2008 Esclade traded in."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Excellent performance and drivability. Seating comfort is excellent. Styling was a major inducement as part of the purchasing decision. Extremely quiet and smooth ride."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"ride is somewhat compromised due to wheel size"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"does not drive like truck nice handling"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"It’s very comfortable. I have a bad back and the seat massage is wonderful. So many great positions too. It’s very quiet inside and the ride is very smooth for a large SUV. I’m very happy with my Escalade."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Comfortable car to drive,especially on long trips"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"the ride could be a little better but it is pretty good, seats are comfortable and it is very quiet"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"I have owned several Escalades and this is the first one I have been dissatisfied with. This is because when you excelerate it makes what seems to be a rattling noise. The dealership said this is due to the emission system. This would cause me to rethink buying another Escalade."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Riding in the Escalade is as comfortable as it gets. The comfort of the seats is wonderful, the noise is minimal, and the ride is as smooth as it can be."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"road noise very load"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"Takes bumps well Noise is minimum Ride is good"

Mark B., CA (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"No noise at all, even at highway speeds. The seats are plush and very comfortable, and the ride is very smooth for a body on pick-up frame design."

Anonymous, MS (2016 Cadillac Escalade)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"One of the best GM made"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac Escalade)

"I have had a lot of quality problems with the Escalade so I don't feel like I have received the benefit of paying more for it over a GMC Denali."

Anonymous, MS (2016 Cadillac Escalade)
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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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