KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 7/16/2013
While other SUVs strive to become smaller and more fuel-efficient, the Cadillac Escalade carries on much as it has in years past, albeit with two fewer versions in its current lineup. For 2014, the Escalade remains big, bold and brash. It brims with power and prestige, and its chrome-clad exterior and leather-lined cabin continue to be as popular with celebrities as they are with politicians and well-heeled soccer moms. The 2014 Escalade lineup has said goodbye to the hybrid model and the EXT, which was based on the also-gone Chevy Avalanche. There are many 7- and 8-passenger crossover SUVs that offer better fuel-efficiency and handling than the Escalade, but few can match the Cadillac's sheer presence or hauling practicality.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want to carry up to eight passengers and tow 8,300 pounds of toys with a boatload of style and amenities, the Escalade can do so with plenty of class.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're seeking a 3-row luxury SUV that's easy to park, handles like a car and gets better fuel economy than middling figures, look to the diesel-powered Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Those put off by the Escalade's $65,000 starting price should check out the low-$40,000 Infiniti QX60.
What's New for 2014
Cadillac is winnowing its Escalade offerings to just two versions for 2014, the regular model and the even longer ESV version. No longer available are the Escalade Hybrid or pickup-like Escalade EXT. The only thing new for the 2014 Escalade lineup is an exterior color: Midnight Plum Metallic.
With its size and heft, it should come as no surprise that the 2014 Cadillac Escalade isn't exactly a corner carver. But considering the Escalade remains a body-on-frame vehicle, it offers a surprisingly comfortable ride. This is made possible by a host of electronic stability, traction and suspension controls, including the rapidly-adjusting Magnetic Ride Control that is standard on all but base models. The Escalade is at home on the highway, but tight parking lots can feel even tighter when you're trying to pull this big Caddy into the last available space. As for power, the Escalade's 400-plus horsepower 6.2-liter V8 is smooth, strong and feels like it has an endless reserve of torque. That power and a dedicated tow mode are especially appreciated when pulling a boat or trailer. The optional "intelligent" all-wheel-drive feature can help the Escalade maintain grip on snowy and slippery roads.
REMOTE VEHICLE START
This is one of those standard features that you may not want to live without, especially in hot summer or cold winter weather. A touch of the key-fob button from afar can start the engine and begin cooling or heating the cabin before you're even inside.
POWER FOLD-AND-TUMBLE 2ND-ROW SEAT
For less-than-limber adults, accessing the third row in an SUV can feel like an obstacle course. The Escalade's power-fold feature makes reaching the rear far easier.
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