2017 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: The 2017 Cadillac Escalade now offers a rear camera mirror that eliminates most blind spots. Automatic parking assist is also newly available. The Escalade is a regally trimmed full-size SUV that comes in regular or extended-length ESV models. All are powered by a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and come standard with luxurious features such as a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and a power third-row seat that folds flat into the floor. Power-retracting side steps, a rear entertainment system, massaging front seats, and a cooled front center console are among the optional features. Available safety features include lane-departure warning and mitigation, 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. 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: $73,395
ESV Base: $76,395
AWD Base: $75,995
AWD ESV Base: $78,995
Luxury: $78,395
ESV Luxury: $81,395
AWD Luxury: $80,995
AWD ESV Luxury: $83,995
Premium Luxury: $82,895
ESV Premium Luxury: $85,895
AWD Premium Luxury: $85,495
AWD ESV Premium Luxury: $88,495
Platinum: $92,195
ESV Platinum: $95,195
AWD Platinum: $94,795
AWD ESV Platinum: $97,795

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