The long-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade ESV occupies a niche that few other luxury SUVs can match with room for up to eight, plenty of towing capacity and a large amount of storage. While it is structurally similar to the Chevrolet Suburban, there are far more luxury elements.
The Cadillac Escalade ESV remains unchanged for the 2014.
Cadillac has created a well-appointed interior swathed in leather for all occupants. Access is easier thanks to optional fold-down second-row seating. In addition, there's more cargo space than in any other luxury maker's models.
The Escalade's flashy styling isn't for those who want to maintain a low profile. Neither is its bulk -- all of that interior space translates into vast exterior dimensions.
Under the Hood
A 6.2-liter FlexFuel V8 powers all Cadillac Escalade ESVs, providing a relatively speedy zero to 60 mph time of just over 7 seconds and a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds. This comes at the cost of fuel economy. An Escalade returns 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway; with four-wheel drive, the city figure drops to 13.
Acceleration will be good enough for most drivers -- merging into traffic at highway speeds is easy. However, there's no disguising its sheer bulk, and an ESV can feel cumbersome. Once under way on the freeway the ride is buttery smooth, thanks to magnetic ride control. Braking is also fairly good, though stopping distances are longer than in many smaller luxury SUVs.
There are a number of amenities that come standard on the Cadillac Escalade ESV. Up front, the driver and passenger have heated and cooled front seats, as well as automatic dual-zone air conditioning. For driver comfort and safety, the pedals are adjustable and the navigation is voice-activated. Passengers also get a separate climate system for individualized comfort. Other standard features include ultrasonic parking assist for maneuvering in tight spaces and a key fob that controls the locks for each door. Drivers should take note of the standard 6.2-liter V8 as well as the six-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel efficiency.
In addition to the base model features, the Luxury package focuses on increasing the entertainment value and comfort for all occupants. There is an adjustable sliding and tilting sunroom for the front row, while a heated steering wheel can make driving on cold winter days a bit easier. Tilting rear seats make entry easier. Also standard is a DVD-based entertainment system. The ESV luxury trim also includes 22-inch chrome wheels for a more aggressive look.
For buyers who really want to stand out, the Premium adds 22-inch machined aluminum wheels. There are exterior accents that match the paint scheme chosen by a buyer, and other drivers will likely notice the rectangular dual exhaust system that adds a hint of aggression.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$59,998 | no mileage
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$59,998 | 21,621 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$62,993 | 12,021 mi
2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV$69,863 | 15,027 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$37,544 | 71,281 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$44,993 | 59,714 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$49,288 | 46,785 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$49,501 | 34,918 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$52,888 | 33,947 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$53,950 | 39,696 mi
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV$53,991 | 55,315 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$32,986 | 81,200 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$36,993 | 73,996 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$37,269 | 62,306 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$40,788 | 59,598 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$43,388 | 43,013 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$44,487 | 43,653 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$44,990 | 47,829 mi
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV$50,588 | 51,370 mi
2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV$41,195 | 44,393 mi
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV$23,965 | 111,170 mi
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV$28,899 | 68,045 mi
2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV$13,650 | 127,152 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$9,977 | 147,826 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$11,955 | 103,630 mi
2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV$13,995 | 129,040 mi
2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV$12,995 | 125,456 mi
2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV$15,844 | 93,413 mi