3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Cadillac Escalade

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If you like the design of the current Cadillac Escalade, this is your last chance to buy one before the new body style comes to dealerships in mid-2014. The first Escalade hit dealerships in 1999, officially launching an era defined by bling. The current rendition offers a bevy of features at all trim levels. It uses a single engine, the 6.2-liter V8 that produces 402 horsepower and is equipped with E85 capability. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems are available. It’s also offered as a long-wheelbase model. Fuel economy is 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway on the rear-wheel drive model; all-wheel drive Escalades earn 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

If you prefer not to wait for the new 2015 Escalade, or like the idea of finding a good deal on an outgoing 2014 model, we recommend the $73,245 Premium. We think the extra cost over the $64,740 Base and $68,965 Luxury is money well spent for most families in the market for a premium SUV.

At $81,515, however, the Platinum begins to compete with the more accomplished Range Rover.

What's New for 2014

Minor touches — like a new exterior color, Midnight Plum Metallic — are added.

Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade

Base Model

Any Escalade comes well-equipped. Standard are a power-assisted liftgate; 18-inch aluminum wheels; leather-trimmed, heated and cooled front bucket seats with 14-way adjustment; tri-zone automatic climate control; and navigation with touch-screen operation. Also standard is an infotainment system with MP3/CD/DVD video/audio changer, voice recognition and USB port, satellite radio with a three-month trial, and Bluetooth connectivity. Cadillac tops it all off with nice features like power-adjustable pedals and a remote starter system.


This adds a sunroof, LED tail lamps and HID headlamps; a rear-seat entertainment system is available as an option.


A rear-seat entertainment system is standard at a trim level that also features luxuries like power-retractable assist steps. LED headlamps are optional.

Escalade Platinum

The fully-loaded model includes a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cupholders, a power liftgate, dual DVD screens integrated in the rear of the front headrests, LED headlamps, power-retractable assist steps, Magnetic Ride Control, 22-inch wheels, Platinum exterior badges and leather-wrapped door trim.

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CarsDirect Tip

As the 2015 model enters the marketplace, new 2014 models should give shoppers a bargaining chip at dealerships. If you’re waiting for better fuel economy and more sophisticated navigation, hold off on your purchase until next summer.

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