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2014 Cadillac Escalade

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2014 Cadillac Escalade Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.4
  • 5.6
  • 7.4
  • 6.8
  • 6.0
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#11

out of 13

Fuel Economy

#4

out of 14

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.3 out of 10
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2014 Cadillac Escalade Low/wide front photo 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.

Driving the Escalade
2014 Cadillac Escalade Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions 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.
Favorite Features

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.

2014 Cadillac Escalade Details
2014 Cadillac Escalade Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

In either regular or ESV extended-length form, the 2014 Escalade can seat seven or eight passengers. The former setup is the standard form, with the second row consisting of two bucket seats. For families needing to carry up to eight, the second row can be fitted with a 60/40 folding bench seat. In standard-length Escalades, 3rd-row legroom is tight for adults. ESV models offer plenty more space, along with nearly three times the cargo capacity behind the 3rd-row seat. Whatever setup you choose, leather is the material of choice, with higher-end versions featuring more supple versions of it along with wood inlays.

Exterior
2014 Cadillac Escalade photo

The 2014 Escalade is available in two sizes: Regular models are more manageable with a length of just over 202.5 inches, similar to a Ford Flex, while ESV versions add over 20 inches to that total. This bigger setup offers plenty of cargo capacity as described above, but you'd be wise to make sure an ESV will fit in your garage if you plan to park it there. Both models are defined by their rectangular shapes and acres of chrome, not the least of which is featured in or around the Escalade's massive grille. Buyers desiring even more bling can opt for 22-inch chromed aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Escalade and Escalade ESV are available in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. Even in "base" Standard form, the 2014 Escalade comes very well equipped with navigation, Bose premium sound with 10 speakers and rear headphone jacks, a power liftgate, 3-zone climate control, 14-way power heated and ventilated front seats, and power-adjustable pedals to accommodate a variety of driver sizes. Stepping up to higher trims brings Magnetic Ride Control Suspension, blind-zone monitoring, a power sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear-park assist, and GM's OnStar communications system with automatic crash response.

Optional Equipment

All-wheel drive is optional on all trims of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade in lieu of the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD). Most other enhancements to the Escalade are bundled and vary by trim level. The few stand-alone options include 22-inch wheels, power-retractable side steps, LED headlights, and rear-seat DVD entertainment.

Under the Hood
2014 Cadillac Escalade Engine photo

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade employs a 6.2-liter V8 that makes a potent 403 horsepower. The engine features Active Fuel Management, which deactivates half of the cylinders under light loads for increased fuel economy. Even with this technology, the Escalade's big V8 drinks a lot of fuel. EPA combined ratings are 16 mpg for rear-wheel-drive versions and 15 mpg for all-wheel-drive (AWD) models. Though you'll probably be filling up often, at least you can do so with regular-grade gasoline instead of premium. The big Caddy also accepts E85 blend.

6.2-liter V8
403 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 mpg (RWD), 13/18 mpg (AWD)

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade SUV has a Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $65,000. A top-line all-wheel-drive version can reach into the mid-$80,000 range. At its base price, the Escalade is several thousand higher than the starting prices of the Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX56, nearly in line with that of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Range Rover Sport, and several thousand below the base price of the terrain-conquering Lexus LX 570. Those looking to spend substantially less for a 7-passenger luxury SUV can do so with the Audi Q7 and Infiniti JX. Both start under $50,000 but are smaller than the Escalade and do not have the Cadillac's towing capacity. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Escalades. We expect the Escalade to have better resale value than the Lincoln Navigator but to trail that of the Lexus LX.

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2014 Cadillac Escalade Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 150 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great Vehicle

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Dependable, easy handling, quick engine response, plenty of power. Interior could use some refinement. Nav system is not classy looking."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great vehicle.

By on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very safe"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Can't wait until spring when the 2015's come out. Had a 2010 with AWD, got 16 mpg on average. The 2013 has RWD I get only 12.5 mpg on average. The 2013 has a better GPS system. Great ride as long as you don't use 22 inch tires."

11 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Tremendous comfort, easy handling, perfect height

By on Sunday, January 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the coolest, finest vehicle I have ever owned. Perfect for me personally. Perfect for my family and excellent for business outings. I loved this car for 7 years. I'm only now considering a trade-in or upgrade. It looks and feels like it would go another 125,000 miles"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Several Issues

By on Monday, December 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "looks great"

Cons: "poor performance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"This is my 3rd Escalade ESV. I had minor issues with my last (2009) so felt comfortable buying a new 2013. Two days after I bought the car, I drove to FL. I had driven approx 100 miles and I had to stop and stretch due to a slight "tremor" that I could feel in the steering wheel and the seats. I had never had this problem in my other 2 Escalades. The dealer has replaced the tires 4 times in 7 months yet the problem continues. The shop manager told me that it "drives as designed". It is so uncomfortable on trips longer than 50 miles. I also have had numerous problems with the navigation system. Was told it "operates as designed, and could not duplicate the issue" until a couple of weeks ago when it completely went blank. Now they have figured the SD card is bad and can't get a replacement for 6 weeks. Im a very disappointed owner."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

At 71 I have owned dozens of automobiles and this

By on Monday, November 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,563

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"is without a doubt the best,great ride,and confort,low maint. easy handeling,overall just a super vehicle."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Luxury at its finest,always room for improvement

By on Friday, October 18, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "You will Love what it does for You. ;)"

Cons: "The third row seat is a pain in the Rear End."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have been owning Foreign Cars forever. Have decided to be patriotic and support the American GOP and do what I can to help get GM back to the upper tier status. Bought my first American Made Car and went straight to the top. The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum. Top of the line Vehicle with all the trim. Surprised that it did not come with the heated steering wheel though. Vehicle came with everything else. Hand Stitched French Leather trim all around the dash, Seats, doors and Olive wood panel accents...truly a work of art. Bose Stereo system with 10 Speakers is top quality and the even though hybrid, the engine give's a major punch upon request. Same hybrid technology used in buses for years. Complete Battery runs when 30MPH or below. Heated and Cooled seats in the front and heated in the back row. Why not cool the back row also? heated and cooled Cup Holder in the front seats. 4 Monitors to watch and 2 to play video games. Watch the DVD in the front when parked. HID lights are super bright with automatic brights when driving in the worst of darkest of areas. Blind Spot warning on the mirrors keeps you aware of your surroundings without having to completely turn your head. If you can afford the luxury, you will be completely spoiled in it. The best part of the Deal is the maintenance that Cadillac provides. Inspection Stickers, oil Changes, all filter changes, everything, I mean Every single maintenance issue is provided by Cadillac at no extra cost. Absolute worry free Pampered Perfection."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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