2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV

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2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Overview

The standard features of the Cadillac Escalade Base include EcoTec3 6.2L V-8 420hp engine, 10-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 20" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

Escalade SUV

Starting at: $74,695

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Memory seat
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Pedal memory
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Emergency communication system - OnStar and Cadillac connected services capable
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 22 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 229mm (9.0")
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • DVD-Audio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Rear audio controls
  • Speakers - 16
  • Speaker type - Bose Surround Sound
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Rear seats - bucket
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 6.2 L
  • Engine horsepower - 420hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 460 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 103.3mm x 92.0mm (4.07" x 3.62")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Payload - 662kg (1,460lbs)
  • Curb weight - 2,530kg (5,578lbs)
  • GVWR - 3,221kg (7,100lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 3,765kg (8,300lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,179mm (203.9")
  • Exterior body width - 2,045mm (80.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,890mm (74.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,946mm (116.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,151mm (45.3")
  • Rear legroom - 991mm (39.0")
  • 3rd row legroom - 630mm (24.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,087mm (42.8")
  • Rear headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • 3rd row headroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,547mm (60.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,529mm (60.2")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,252mm (49.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,648mm (64.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,636mm (64.4")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,590mm (62.6")
  • Passenger volume - 4,871L (172.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 430 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,667 L (94 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Roof rack
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 6.2
  • Cylinder configuration - V-8
  • Horsepower - 420hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Torque - 460 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 10 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 17mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 26.0gal.
  • Rear locking differential
  • Fuel economy city - 14mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 23mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Tracker system - OnStar Guidance
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Auto-leveling suspension
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Chrome wheels
  • Front tires - 275/55SR20.0
  • Rear tires - 275/55SR20.0
  • Wheel size - 20"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - automated
  • Exterior parking camera front
  • Exterior parking camera left
  • Exterior parking camera right
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Search New $74,695   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 23  
2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Search New $77,695   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 21  
Luxury 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Luxury Search New $80,295   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 23  
Luxury 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Luxury Search New $83,295   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 21  
Premium Luxury 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Premium Luxury Search New $84,695   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 23  
Premium Luxury 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Premium Luxury Search New $87,695   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 21  
Platinum 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Platinum Search New $93,795   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 23  
Platinum 2018 CADILLAC Escalade SUV Platinum Search New $96,795   420-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  10-spd auto  14 / 21  


Driving Impression

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The excellent 6.2-liter V8 is a truck engine that’s smooth, sonorous and fast. It’s refined and free of drama. It makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, with seamless cylinder deactivation to run on just four cylinders when that’s all that’s needed. Just enough of the exhaust note from the engine makes its way into the cabin to remind you that it’s the same basic engine as in the Corvette and Camaro SS.

The new 10-speed automatic feels better in the V8 Escalade than it does in the turbocharged V6 Lincoln Navigator, with quick upshifts and almost invisible downshifts, during relaxed driving. When you hit the throttle the transmission will shift down harder, sometimes two or three gears at a time, but that’s normal. The new 10-speed is at least as good as the 8-speeds the Range Rover Sport SUV or BMW X5 crossover.

Magnetic Ride Control prevents most of the waddle and sway that makes body-on-frame SUVs feel so primitive. It’s tuned more for a smooth ride than carving corners. Even with the optional 22-inch wheels, the Escalade delivers a stable and comfortable ride that is decidedly not truck-like. Ruts and potholes don’t faze it. We could still feel them, but the shudder that runs through most body-on-frame SUVs is minimal.

At more than 6000 pounds, the Escalade is as heavy as they get. Still, it’s poised in corners, if not agile. You can feel the big SUV roll, squat and dive, because three tons can’t be disappeared, but the feelings aren’t intrusive. The motions are predictable and easy to live with; the Escalade is stable at high speeds on the freeway.

The suspension engineers also did a good job with the steering, with a slow and easy 17.3:1 steering ratio in the electric power steering. The weight of the steering is just right, The dead zone at neutral is fairly small. The car still feels connected to the front axle. The Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class are more poised and nimble in curves, but the Escalade is not bad.

Walk Around

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The angular Escalade is covered with chrome. The profile is identical to the Tahoe, and the Escalade ESV’s profile is identical to the Suburban. It used to be conspicuous, but it’s been unchanged for so long, now it passes largely unnoticed. But it’s still imposing and unmistakable.

Its face remains from the time when Cadillac’s Art and Science design language was fresh, with the logo on the grille illuminated by vertical LED headlamps. The taillamps are tall and thin, and look sophisticated and crisp.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is warmly sculpted, unlike the sharply creased exterior. Even the base model drips with leather, its plastic and padded surfaces a cut above the Tahoe and Yukon. The Escalade Premium model is downright decadent, with more aromatic leather (Kona brown is beautiful) and wood than we’ve seen this side of a Rolls Royce.

The dashboard is dominated by Cadillac’s tablet-like CUE infotainment system, which can be frustrating; it’s difficult to navigate and the graphics are unattractive. The standard touchscreen is 8.0-inches (12.3-inch optional), moved by voice, capacitive touch or swipe gestures. CUE includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a Bose Centerpoint 2.0 audio system. Its digital gauges can be configured in four themes.

OnStar 4G LTE connectivity is standard, with a WiFi antenna for hotspot capability. A head-up display is available, as is rear seat entertainment with one or two screens.

The standard heated and cooled seats are nicely padded, with available suede trim, and it’s quieter than it used to be, thanks to pounds of sound deadening and Bose active noise cancellation.

The second- and third-row seats fold flat at the touch of a button, although the second row has to be raised by hand. The second row’s heated individual bucket seats are narrow and the padding is thin.

The cargo floor is high, because of that solid rear axle, but sometimes that’s easier on the back when you’re loading heavy things. There’s 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 39.3 cubic feet with the ESV, having a wheelbase that’s longer by 14 inches. With the third row folded it’s 51.6 and 76.7 cubic feet, and with both rows down it’s a vast 94.2 and 120.9 cubic feet.

There’s also stellar storage for small things. The center console bin can hold a laptop, and there are many cubbies. It boasts a stretch of piano black plastic.

One of the interiors of the Platinum model is called Maple Sugar. Nearly every part of the cabin is covered with rich, supple, tan leather, making it feel like a vat of melted caramel.


New Car Test Drive

The Cadillac Escalade has some solid selling points, and for 2018 offers a silky new 10-speed automatic transmission to go with the beefy and satisfying V8. The styling is dated. It remains a large SUV capable of hauling passengers and their luggage in comfort or towing trailers.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Cadillac Escalade ($74,695) comes in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trim levels. Similar story with the long-wheelbase ESV ($77,695). (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge, taxes, cash allowances or discounts.)

Standard equipment includes surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parking, navigation, heated steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 16 speakers, and adaptive ride control.

Luxury adds automatic emergency braking. A Driver Assist package is available on Luxury and above includes adaptive cruise control and front and rear automatic braking. A Driver Awareness package adds a lane departure warning system that steers the vehicle back into its lane if the system thinks it’s necessary.

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