2015 Cadillac Escalade

Pros: Bold styling; smooth, absorbent ride—especially in extended-length ESV model; posh, luxurious cabin; impressive selection of comfort, convenience, and safety features

Cons: Steep pricing; poor fuel economy; Cadillac’s CUE touchscreen interface can be finicky to use; third-row seat in non-ESV models is a bit cramped; sheer bulk means handling can be cumbersome, especially in close quarters

CG Says: Cadillac’s flagship SUV is redesigned for 2015, gaining new styling, a more powerful 6.2-liter V8, Cadillac’s CUE touchscreen system, and a power third-row seat that folds flat into the floor. New safety features include lane-departure warning, front and rear automatic braking, and a front-center air bag located in between the driver and front-seat passenger. The Escalade shares its basic design with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon, which are also redesigned for 2015. Properly equipped, the Chevy and GMC cousins are a much better value than the Escalade: They match it in terms of functionality, but not in unabashed luxury and street “presence.” If those two qualities are high on your shopping list, then the Escalade is a must-see.

The Facts
Class Premium Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7 or 8
Drive Wheels rear- or 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Cadillac
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $72,970
ESV Base: $75,970
AWD Base: $75,570
AWD ESV Base: $78,570
Luxury: $76,970
ESV Luxury: $79,970
AWD Luxury: $79,570
AWD ESV Luxury: $82,570
Premium: $81,470
ESV Premium: $84,470
AWD Premium: $84,070
AWD ESV Premium: $87,070
Platinum: $89,275
ESV Platinum: $92,275
AWD Platinum: $91,875
AWD ESV Platinum: $94,875

 

Base Engine
6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-22

2015 Cadillac Escalade
2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV