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2015 Cadillac Escalade KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $69,791 - $71,444.

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MSRP $72,690

Fair Purchase Price $70,618
Fair Market Range ($69,791 - $71,444)

Invoice $68,029
"What Others Paid" is based on the last 90 days within the U.S.

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Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

By far the biggest leap forward for the new Cadillac Escalade, the interior is now fit for a full-size luxury SUV boasting soft-touch materials as far as the eye can see. Cut and sewn leather and real wood give off a more refined feel – something missing from the Escalade as of late.

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Without stating the obvious redesigned front and rear ends, the 2015 Escalade benefits from the addition of full-LED headlights and taillights. There are four crystals in the headlights that act as the high beams, giving off radiant light. The taillights also employ LEDs, making it easier to follow the Escalade when weather conditions are less than ideal. The option to load cargo through the rear window is still available as it opens up separately from tailgate itself. While originally installed for aerodynamic purposes, the spoiler also hides the rear windshield wiper blade.

Notable Standard Equipment

You can't miss the chrome grille, but you might not see the active-aero shutters behind it. Then there's the heated, power-adjustable seats, 20-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels, and hands-free power liftgate. A remote starter, tri-zone climate control, and a reconfigurable instrument cluster further the Escalade's appeal.

Notable Optional Equipment

Lane Departure Warning, adaptive cruise control, side blind-zone alert, cross-traffic alert, and 22-inch machine finished wheels are all available on the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

Under the Hood

You have once choice when it comes to motivating the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and that's the 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. For those of you keeping track, both power numbers are up over the model it's replacing from 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, respectively. A 6-speed automatic transmission is mated to the Escalade's V8 engine. This engine gets parched quickly though, and the EPA's ratings of 15/21 mpg for the rear-wheel-drive model and 14/21 mpg for the 4-wheel drive variant reflects that. While premium gasoline is recommended, the Escalade's engine doesn't require it, so you can save a few cents at the pump, if necessary.

6.2-liter V8
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (2WD), 14/21 mpg (4WD), 15/21 mpg (ESV 2WD), 14/20 mpg (ESV 4WD)

Pricing Notes

There are three different trim levels for the 2015 Escalade: Standard (starting at $72,690 including a $995 destination charge), Luxury ($76,690), and Premium ($81,190). The long-wheelbase Escalade ESV models go for about $3,000 more than their regular-wheelbase counterparts. With every option box checked, you're looking at a bill of just over $86,000. The starting price for the 2015 Escalade puts it ahead of competitors like the Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, and even the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. If the Escalade is a little rich for your taste, there's always the Audi Q7 or the Infiniti QX60, both of which offer seating for seven and a starting price below $50,000. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new 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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