Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Cadillac Escalade OVERVIEW
Totally redesigned for the 2015 model year, Cadillac's flagship SUV continues to offer rugged opulence and unmatched stage presence. As much as any competitor, it’s a full-size SUV for folks who will be satisfied with nothing less. If recent demand is any indication, that’s exactly what plenty of buyers want. Despite the abundant dimensions of the regular Escalade, large families might prefer the extended-length Escalade ESV.
What's New for 2017
Two new technology options mark the 2017 season. The available rear camera mirror uses a camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle, promising a field of vision four times as great as a regular rearview mirror. It also removes obstructions from your view, including passenger heads and rear pillars. A newly optional automated parking system uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable parking spot, and then maneuvers the car into either a parallel and perpendicular space. The available 22-inch aluminum wheels have a new design. Trim levels have been renamed to Escalade, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.
Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade
All Escalades contain a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 that produces 460 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-drive is standard, but most buyers opt for four-wheel drive. The Magnetic Ride Control system features Sport and Comfort modes. Fuel economy is estimated 15 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway. With four-wheel drive, the highway estimate drops to 20 mpg. Both versions are rated at 17 mpg in combined driving. A 4WD Escalade can reach 60 mph in a hair under 6 seconds.
An enormous load of standard equipment leaves no doubt about the Escalade's luxury mission. Interiors offer seating for eight (or seven with no-cost second-row captain's chairs). Cabins are as indulgent as anyone would expect in a Cadillac of this repute. The third row folds completely into the floor at the touch of button. The CUE infotainment incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cargo volume behind the third row is 15.2 cubic feet, growing to 94.2 cubic feet with second and third rows folded.
Trim levels differ primarily in safety technology:
Luxury is baked into every Escalade, so you won't feel deprived in the least by selecting the “entry-level” model -- unless you absolutely must have a sunroof. Whether to upgrade depends mainly on your comfort level with piloting a vehicle of this size. The additional safety features are quite reassuring, especially in urban traffic.