|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Cadillac Escalade
|Callaway SC560 ESV||6.2L Supercharger V8||AWD||8A||6.0 sec||14.0 sec @ 102 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2016 Cadillac Escalade
|Platinum||6.2L V8||AWD||8A||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 98 mph||15/21/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2015 Cadillac Escalade
|ESV Premium||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.6 sec @ 95.2 mph||14/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum||6.2L V8||AWD||8A||5.9 sec||14.4 sec @ 96.8 mph||15/21/16.4 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Premium||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96 mph||14/21/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Premium||6.2L V8||AWD||8A||5.6 sec||14.1 sec @ 99 mph||15/21/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Cadillac Escalade
|SLP Sport Edition||6.2L Supercharger V8||AWD||6A||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 96 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2009 Cadillac Escalade
|Hybrid||6.0L V8 + 2x Elec||RWD||4A||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 86 mph||20/21/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2007 Cadillac Escalade
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.3 sec||14.8 sec @ 95 mph||12/18/11 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.2 sec @ 94 mph||12/18/11 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.7 sec||15.4 sec @ 93 mph||12/18/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.4 sec||14.9 sec @ 94 mph||12/18/13.7 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 92.5 mph||12/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||6.2L V8||AWD||6A||6.4 sec||15.1 sec @ 95 mph||12/18/14 mpg||Motor Week|
2003 Cadillac Escalade
|ESV||6.0L V8||AWD||4A||7.6 sec||15.7 sec @ 83 mph||11/15/14 mpg||Motor Week|
|EXT Lingenfelter 427 Twin-Turbo||7.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||4A||4.0 sec||12.7 sec @ 106 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
2002 Cadillac Escalade
|EXT||6.0L V8||AWD||4A||8.0 sec||16.0 sec @ 86.7 mph||10/14/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||6.0L V8||AWD||4A||7.8 sec||16.0 sec @ 86 mph||10/14/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade is a large, luxury sport utility vehicle that is manufactured by General Motors and sold under the Cadillac brand. Launched in 1999, it is generally considered by many motoring experts as the premier luxury SUV in the market today.
The Escalade is the choice SUV of celebrities in Hollywood as well as top business executives. Some of the Hollywood A-listers who have been caught on cam riding the Escalade include Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Mark Wahlberg, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Jay-Z.
Even sports stars like Dwyane Wade and David Beckham are known to have owned an Escalade at one point. Golfer Tiger Woods was famously attacked by his then-wife while on his Escalade after learning of his extramarital affairs.
The Escalade is not only the toast of the rich and famous; it is also a favorite target of thieves. One study based on insurance claims from 2008 to 2010 showed that the SUV is six times more likely to be targeted by thieves compared to the average vehicle.
The first generation Escalade was introduced in 1999, spurred mainly by the introduction of the Lincoln Navigator of Ford Motors. In order to compete in the growing luxury SUV market in the United States, GM came up with this five-seat SUV which resembled the GMC Denali.
In 2002, the second generation Escalade was launched. This model is credited for making the Escalade hip especially to the younger market. It boasted of a 6 liter, V8 engine with 345 horsepower.
While it has lost some of its luster over the past few years, the Cadillac Escalade remains a very formidable force in the SUV market.
Here are the specs of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade:
- Engine: 6.2 L, V8
- Horsepower: 420 hp @5600 rpm
- Torque: 460 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: rear wheel drive
- 0-60 mph – 6.1 seconds
- Fuel Efficiency: 15 mpg city driving, 21 mpg highway driving
- Total number of passengers: Eight
- MSRP: $74,000
The Escalade has the power you would want from an SUV. The 6.2 liter, V8 engine that churns out 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque is an improvement from the engine of the older model which was only rated 403 horsepower and 417 pound feet of torque.
With its powerful engine, the 2015 Escalade can accelerate to 60 mph in just six seconds. The SUV is also easier to handle thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control feature which is proprietary of General Motors. This feature can be activated by pressing a button located on the left hand side of the infotainment screen.
Ride quality has also improved from the old model, which was widely criticized for its poor suspension.
But the biggest change for the newest Escalade is its interiors. With soft touch materials, the cabin of the Escalade looks pretty much like what it really is—a very expensive SUV. Leather and real wood provide a more refined feel and look inside, something that was conspicuously absent from the previous Escalade models.
Space is also enough for a big family. It has fold-flat seats in the second and third rows, and this is activated with a simple touch of a button.
Standard equipment include 20-inch chrome plated aluminum wheels, remote starter, power adjustable seats, hands-free power liftgate, and tri-zone climate control. Optional equipment include Nappa semi-aniline leather, climate controlled front seats with massaging functionality, and sueded microfiber headliner.
Safety features of the Escalade include passenger air bags, side air bags, four-wheel ABS, and four-wheel disc brakes. The SUV also features electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control, and integrated turn signal mirrors. Lane departure warning, side blind zone alert and cross traffic alert are optional safety features.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given a five-star rating on side crash test and three-star rating on rollover test for the Escalade.
The base price of the Escalade is $74,000 for the standard trim. There are three other trims available—the Luxury which sells for around $78,000, the Premium at $82,500, and the top-of-the-line Platinum which starts at around $90,000.
The price of the Escalade pits it against other luxury SUVs like the Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes Benz GL. Those who are looking for a cheaper SUV can check out the Audi Q7 or even the Infiniti QX60. Both SUVs have seating for seven adults and are priced at around $50,000.
Although the Escalade’s popularity has dipped a bit due to the intense competition among makers of SUVs, it is clear that the Cadillac Escalade 2015 has been improved significantly. The interiors look better, and the engine has more power. Indeed, GM put out all stops to regain the Escalade’s lost glory.
To learn more about Cadillac Escalade, visit the official Cadillac website.
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