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2013 Cadillac Escalade Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 21, 2012

Entering the 2013 model year, Cadillac is carrying over the Escalade with very limited changes. The list of changes includes the addition of five new exterior colors – Silver Coast Metallic, Xenon Blue, Midnight Plum Metallic, Sapphire Blue Metallic and Midnight Green Metallic – and a slight revision to the grade braking system.

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade comes in four trim levels and they are: Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum Edition. All four trim levels boast the same powerful driveline, which includes a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 403 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. All four trims also come standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8,300-pound towing capacity. The Base trim level is unlike your typical base-model SUV, as it features high-end features like: power windows, 14-way power seats, leather interior, 10-speaker sound system and more. The Luxury trim level tosses in a smoother ride and larger rims. The Premium trim level comes in to add a blacked-out exterior look and some rear-seat entertainment for the kiddies. The Platinum Edition trim brings a total of three LCD screens to curtail any arguing over what to watch along with other premium features only found in the best luxury vehicles.

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The Luxury SUV realm is a competitive one, with automakers constantly trying to one up one another. The first competitor on the Escalade’s list is the 2013 Lincoln Navigator, which has a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8, a six-speed automatic transmission, leather seating for eight and a 9,000-pound towing capacity. The 2013 Lexus LX 570 comes in with leather seating for eight, a 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 383 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission and a 7,000-pound towing capacity. The next competitor would be the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC, which has standard all-wheel drive, a 4.7-liter V-8 engine with 362 horsepower, leatherette seating for seven and a 7,500-pound towing capacity. The final competitor is the 2013 INFINITI QX56, which includes a 5.6-liter V-8 engine with 400 horsepower, a seven-speed transmission, an 8,500-pound towing capacity and leather seating for seven people.

The Luxury SUV competition is fierce, but the Cadillac Escalade has been at it for a long time. This aging luxury SUV needs to bring something special to the table to prevent

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