First produced in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade was a luxury SUV created in haste as a direct response to the success of the Lincoln Navigator. When GM realized the profit to be had in a then-booming SUV market, however, it got serious with the Cadillac and introduced what is sure to be an automotive classic: the 2002 Escalade. Never before had the car-buying public seen such a large SUV that made such a pronounced style statement.
Even more stylish lines are found on the 2013 Escalade, a carryover from 2012 that continues the tradition of eye-catching design for a third generation of Cadillac's full-size SUV.
Based on a longer wheelbase that is 14 inches longer than the standard Escalade, the Escalade ESV has an overall length of 222.9 inches. The ESV's 130-inch wheelbase enhances highway ride, but also creates additional body roll in cornering.
Buyers who usually have more than four passengers should consider the benefits of the long-wheelbase ESV. Not only does it have an additional cargo volume of almost 30 cubic feet, the ESV's third row also offers an extra 9.3 inches of third-row legroom. Furthermore, longer rear doors in ESV provide easier access to the rear rows of seats.
The Escalade ESV is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission with fuel mileage up to 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Rear-wheel-drive is standard across the ESV lineup, but four-wheel drive is available. The rear suspension is equipped with automatic load level control. Eighteen-inch wheels, black assist steps, a power liftgate, and a roof-mounted luggage rack are standard. Rectangular fog lamps complement HID headlamps. The interior has a navigation system, plus premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers.
Adding more features to an already-luxurious Escalade, the Luxury trim has options like a heated, power-adjustable steering wheel with audio/cruise controls and wood trim. Both front seats are 14-way adjustable; the driver's seat has memory settings for two drivers. Power-release seats in the second row allow almost unimpeded access to the third row of seats. Other Luxury standard features include a sunroof and 22-inch chrome wheels.
The ESV Platinum takes luxury to a whole new level with heated and cooled front seats, a 10-speaker Bose system, with Cabin Surround. Leather covers the dashboard and upper door panels. Seats are upholstered in super-soft aniline leather pair with olive ash and burled walnut wood trim. Even the cupholders are upscale, keeping beverages at a preferred temperature, whether hot or cold.
The Premium starts with 22-inch wheels in an ultra bright finish and an attractive split-spoke design. The assist steps are now power-retractable which means Premium owners have the convenience of easy entry/exit without having to see an ugly step all the time. The regular Escalade's chrome grille is exchanged for one that matches the ESV's body-color, and dual exhausts are integrated into the rear fascia. Rear passengers are treated to two roof-mounted eight-inch screens (one for each row) that are connected to an in-dash DVD player. A rearview backup camera is standard, as is the auto-dimming function on the rearview mirror.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$55,950 | 29,054 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$59,998 | 18,615 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$62,993 | 12,021 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$65,000 | 11,759 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$74,949 | 15,320 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$38,221 | 79,832 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$43,495 | 61,985 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$49,993 | 39,223 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$52,888 | 33,957 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$52,970 | 39,575 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$39,998 | no mileage
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$44,978 | 43,653 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$48,500 | 51,370 mi
2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV$26,671 | 102,345 mi
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV$23,658 | 130,972 mi
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV$29,967 | 68,057 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$12,491 | 148,179 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$13,995 | 129,040 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$14,527 | 103,555 mi
2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV$6,995 | 137,921 mi
Offers better third-row room but has an underpowered engine.
Has a tight third row yet an exciting powertrain.
The ESV's corporate cousin with a more digestible price.
Funky style with functional capability.