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2017 Cadillac Escalade KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

In the world of full-size luxury SUVs, Cadillac’s Escalade for 2017 occupies a unique spot. Only the Lincoln Navigator L can match the Escalade ESV for length, but it’s no match for the big Caddy’s power, technology and luxury features. In terms of sheer interior volume, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, BMW and Lexus don’t offer anything close, and none can match the Escalade’s sheer styling audacity. Powered by a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Escalade can tow up to 8,300 pounds, not as much the Lincoln Navigator or Infiniti QX80, but superior to the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7 and Lexus LX. Luxury amenities abound and the Escalade’s tasteful use of leather, wood and color make its interior one of the best in the segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV provides all the room, power and towing capacity of a full-size Chevrolet Suburban, then infuses it with copious luxury, technology and performance enhancement we’ve come to expect from a vehicle wearing the wreath-and-crest badge.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its numerous driver and parking assists, Cadillac’s 2017 Escalade SUV is a massive vehicle that can be difficult to maneuver and park. If you don’t need the Escalade’s oversized abilities, you’ll likely find a nimble Audi Q7 or Infiniti QX60 more appealing.

What's New for 2017

For 2017, the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV full-size luxury SUVs can be equipped with a rear camera mirror. New standard equipment includes Automatic Park Assist that uses ultrasonic sensors to automatically park the Escalade in either a parallel or perpendicular spot.

Driving It Driving Impressions

A vehicle as robust as the 2017 Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV requires an equal under the hood, and Cadillac’s 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 is just the beast. Power for passing and merging is never in short supply, but there is a price to pay at the pump, although we doubt anyone who can afford the Escalade will much care. On the road, GM’s Magnetic Ride Control does an admirable job managing the Escalade’s bulk, allowing it to negotiate tight turns with little fuss. The power steering assist is appropriately proportioned, with a nice heavy feel to the steering wheel that lightens up at lower speeds. Add the optional 4-wheel drive (4WD) and the Escalade becomes a winter warrior capable of tackling all kinds of road conditions. Regrettably, the Escalade’s size and poor approach angles prevent it from going places where you can take a Lexus LX or Land Rover Range Rover.

Favorite Features

Combine its flat-folding 2nd- and 3rd-row seats with the 2017 Cadillac Escalade’s massive interior, and you’ll create an enormous level floor large enough to accommodate anything requiring up to 94.2 cubic feet of space.

Cadillac’s 2017 Escalade luxury SUV can be equipped with a rear camera mirror that uses streaming video to improve the rear field of vision by 300 percent. Unlike a traditional mirror, the camera mirror can reduce glare and improve the image in low-light situations.

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