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2023 Cadillac Escalade

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CarsDirect Target Price
$81,190
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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2023 Luxury 4x2
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Price:   -  From $81,190
2023 ESV Luxury 4x2 Price:   -  From $84,190
2023 Luxury All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $84,190
2023 ESV Luxury 4x4 Price:   -  From $87,190
2023 Premium Luxury 4x2 Price:   -  From $89,990
2023 ESV Premium Luxury 4x2 Price:   -  From $92,990
2023 Premium Luxury All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $92,990
2023 Sport 4x2 Price:   -  From $92,990
2023 ESV Premium Luxury 4x4 Price:   -  From $95,990
2023 ESV Sport 4x2 Price:   -  From $95,990
2023 Sport All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $95,990
2023 ESV Sport 4x4 Price:   -  From $98,990
2023 Premium Luxury Platinum 4x2 Price:   -  From $107,490
2023 Sport Platinum 4x2 Price:   -  From $107,490
2023 ESV Premium Luxury Platinum 4x2 Price:   -  From $110,490
2023 ESV Sport Platinum 4x2 Price:   -  From $110,490
2023 Premium Luxury Platinum All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $110,490
2023 Sport Platinum All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $110,490
2023 ESV Premium Luxury Platinum 4x4 Price:   -  From $113,490
2023 ESV Sport Platinum 4x4 Price:   -  From $113,490
2023 V-Series All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $151,090
2023 ESV V-Series 4x4 Price:   -  From $154,090

Overview

What's New

The fifth-generation Escalade continues as a carryover, boosted by the arrival of a high-performance V model which costs over $150,000. Otherwise, it’s business as usual across the standard Escalade and long-wheelbase ESV ranges.

Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade

Whether you’re looking at the standard Escalade or an ESV, there are six trim levels to choose from. All except the new flagship V model can be specified with AWD as a $3,000 option, while a turbodiesel engine is also available on each non-flagship trim, costing $1,600. LWB models are $3,000 more expensive than their standard-wheelbase counterparts.

The cheapest way into Escalade ownership is a gas-powered 2WD standard wheelbase Luxury model, costing $80,090 (all prices include destination). At the other end of the scale, an ESV-V will set you back $152,990. That’s a massive price increase compared to second-from-top Sport Platinum models, which cost $110,990 even in LWB TD guise.

Engine Choices

The standard Escalade engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, fed to either the rear or all four wheels through the range-wide ten-speed automatic transmission. The alternative is a three-liter turbodiesel engine generating 277 hp and 460 lb-ft, while V models are powered by a supercharged version of the gas engine; output soars to 682 hp and 653 lb-ft.

It probably won’t surprise you that on a 5,500lb vehicle, fuel economy on gas models comes in at an EPA-estimated 14 miles per gallon city, 19 mpg highway, and 16 combined. The diesel raises this to 21/27/23 in 2WD mode, but the supercharged AWD V8 returns a paltry 11/16/13 MPG.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
6.2 V8420 hp460 lb-ft

14/19/16 (RWD)

14/18/16 (AWD)

3.0 TD277 hp460 lb-ft

21/27/23 (RWD)

20/26/22 (AWD)

Supercharged V8682 hp653 lb-ft11/16/13 MPG

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the seven-seater Escalade stands at 41.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place, 94.1 cu ft once the third-row seats are dropped, and 142.8 cu ft behind the front seats.

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Safety Features

Regardless of which Escalade you buy, you’ll benefit from seven airbags, automatic lights and wipers, and a system that prevents drive-aways until the driver’s seat belt is buckled. Driver assistance extends to automatic emergency braking, with all trims except Luxury receiving an enhanced version of this technology. Every model gets front pedestrian braking, park assist, HD surround vision and lane keep assist with lane departure warning, but Luxury models miss out on reverse automatic braking and cross-traffic alerts. Sport models are the first to receive trailer side blind zone alerts.

Connectivity

Audiophiles will be delighted to discover every Escalade comes as standard with a 19-speaker AKG audio system including an amp and subwoofer. At the same time, Sport Platinum trims and above receive a frankly unnecessary 36-speaker system with 3D surround sound and dual subs. A 16.9-inch OLED infotainment screen controls navigation and smartphone mirroring, while a surround vision recorder captures footage from the Escalade’s surround-view cameras. Wireless phone charging and satellite/HD radio are standard on every trim, as is a 14.2-inch digital instrument display and a separate 7.2-inch control panel.

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2023 Cadillac Escalade Luxury – MSRP From $80,090

Naming your cheapest model Luxury is a brave move, but Caddy has loaded their entry-level Escalade with the standard kit. External highlights include heated power-folding and auto-dimming (on the driver’s side) outside mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, and LED lighting. Step inside via keyless entry, and the ambient-lit cabin has power lumbar across both heated front seats, with heating elements in the outboard second-row seats and steering wheel as well. Rear seat occupants further benefit from separate air conditioning and WiFi hotspot capabilities.

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2023 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury – MSRP From $88,890

Moving up a trim level brings leather seating and a panoramic power sunroof, while safety upgrades include rear cross-traffic alerts, reverse automatic braking, and lane keep assist with side blind zone alerts. The driver’s life is simplified with a head-up display, adaptive cruise and automatic parking assistance, plus a rear camera mirror washer.

The $2,550 Touring Package combines soft-closing side doors and adaptive sill plates with air suspension. For slightly more money, the $2,700 Performance pack bundles in an electronic limited slip differential with magnetic ride control, side blind zone alerts when towing a trailer, and hitch camera guidance.

2023 Cadillac Escalade Sport – MSRP From $91,890

Sporting pretensions might seem inappropriate on a seven-seater SUV, but Sport models do come with an electronic limited-slip differential, magnetic ride control, and dark window tints. However, they lose the more sophisticated lane keep assist technology installed on Premium Luxury models.

The Touring package remains available, while the $2,895 Onyx package combines 22-inch gloss black alloy wheels with monochrome Cadillac emblems and the Caddy crest projected across the puddle lamps beneath each outside mirror.

2023 Cadillac Escalade Sport Platinum – MSRP From $106,390

The huge price hike from Sport trim is explained by the introduction of features like illuminating sill plates, adaptive air suspension, and soft-closing doors. The 12-way power front seats have power lumbar massaging functionality, and leather across the instrument panel, upper doors, and center console. The steering wheel is also leather-wrapped, while AKG Bluetooth headphones are supplied as part of the stereo being upgraded to a 36-speaker affair.

The Onyx package is the only option on Sport Platinum models, still costing $2,895.

2023 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum – MSRP From $106,390

Identically priced to Sport Platinum, Premium Luxury Platinum models ride on bespoke 22-inch wheels, with chrome exterior detailing in lieu of Sport’s gloss black moldings and roof rails. Otherwise, these two trims are the same.

Spending $4,495 on the Radiant package brings the Onyx package’s illuminated crest puddle lamps, monochrome badge emblems, and a mesh grille and chrome wheels.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V – MSRP From $149,990

The new V edition Escalade is all about performance, though it does offer night vision, sports pedals, and active noise cancellation. Power-retractable steps with LED lighting are standard for the first time, as is a single-speed transfer case and all-wheel drive

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CarsDirect Tip

Premium Luxury looks like the best-value Escalade, combining specifications that befit its name with a price tag far below its more lavishly equipped siblings. AWD is a highly recommended option on any Escalade.

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Prices & Deals

Expert Review

Pros
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Gas engines are spectacular performers
  • Stunning digital dashboard
  • Loads of space, especially in ESV models
Cons
  • No crash test data available
  • Daunting to drive and park
  • Higher trims are expensive
  • Fuel economy is poor
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Astonishing performance. In isolation, the Cadillac Escalade’s performance figures are impressive. But when you consider they’re achieved in a three-ton SUV, they’re borderline astonishing. Nobody’s going to buy a vehicle this big and worry about gas mileage, so you can bypass the overpriced three-liter turbodiesel, whose chief advantage is a combined economy of 22 mpg. Instead, focus on the two gas engines, of which even the smaller 420 hp V8 can hit 60 in around six seconds. Performance is silky smooth, thanks in large measure to a ten-speed automatic transmission found in every model.

For eye-swiveling acceleration, we’d urge you to test drive the 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Its paper figures of 682 hp and 653 lb-ft of torque are impressive enough, but it’s the sheer force of its acceleration that lingers in the memory. Barks and rumbles provide a fitting soundtrack to a searing performance, both off the line (0-60 in 4.4 seconds would worry most Porsches), but also in-gear.

Bigger isn’t always better. Thunderous performance is lovely, but we would invite you to consider how it looks to the vehicles in front when an Escalade suddenly fills their rearview mirrors. Some drivers will relish its intimidating size and appearance (especially in black), but piloting this much metal won’t always make you friends among other road users or pedestrians. The standard model is hardly compact, but it’s less overwhelming than the 227-inch ESV and considerably cheaper.

In full-fat ESV mode, the LWB Escalade stands 19 feet long, which means car parks are something of an ordeal. You may not fit it in your garage, either. Arguably worse than the length is the width, which tests your spatial awareness on narrow residential streets and in confined spaces like drive-thrus. It’s also worth remembering that the Escalade has no crash-test data available, so don’t assume you’ll be better off than anyone else in a collision. That said, Cadillac provides automatic emergency braking and active lane control on every model, while most Escalades receive adaptive cruise and blind-spot monitoring. If the budget allows, we’d also add optional night vision technology.

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Welcome to the world of tomorrow. Swing open one of those bank-vault doors, and you find yourself in a cabin equipped with 38 inches of OLED screens, split between a 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster and two dash screens measuring 16.9 and 7.2 inches respectively. The combined effect makes a Tesla’s dash look like an old iPod, yet the Star Trek aesthetic doesn’t seem incongruous paired with wooden trim and soft leather seating. We also like the fact the screens are trapezoidal rather than simply rectangular – it adds to the swoopy dynamic in an interior with very few straight lines or right angles.

Another glimpse into the future comes courtesy of Cadillac’s acclaimed Super Cruise driver assistance setup. Incorporating over 130,000 miles of mapped highways, this enables you to enjoy periods of truly hands-free driving. That’s ideal for interstate journeys, especially when combined with the optional massaging and ventilated front seats. If anything untoward should happen, the surround-view camera system can record it onto an SD card, to be viewed at a later date.

Big numbers. As befits such a huge vehicle, the Escalade’s numbers are consistently big. Let’s start with pricing – yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, but expected to start at around $80,000 for the base model. Standard specification ranges from 22-inch wheels to 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a 19-speaker AKG audio system. By the time you reach Platinum Luxury trim, the stereo has 30 speakers, and those gigantic wheels ride on air suspension, but you’ll be paying north of $150,000 for the supercharged Escalade-V in LWB format. Even the inclusion of a limited-slip diff and Brembo brakes doesn’t soften the blow, especially when you factor in a combined fuel economy of 13 mpg. There’ll be big bills at the filling station.

Final thoughts. The Escalade is a polarizing and often divisive vehicle. Its sheer size will deter some prospective buyers, while the sticker price and fuel economy figures of larger models are daunting. Even replacing the standard sports tires with all-weather rubber will cost you a pretty penny – and you’ll need to unless you’ve chosen an AWD model with its traction-boosting two-speed transfer case and limited-slip rear diff.

If you can ignore the hostility of other road users, and you don’t get flustered in underground car parks, there is a lot to admire about Caddy’s flagship. It might share much of its DNA with the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, but it feels more luxurious thanks to a spectacular digital cabin and the sheer space afforded to those optional middle-row bucket seats. Impressive suspension damping makes it as comfortable as the glorious Mercedes-Benz GLS, while adaptive magnetic dampers combine with air suspension to deliver a ride worthy of the iconic Range Rover. Praise doesn’t come much higher than that.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 420 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.0L I-6 / 277 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Transmission
10-spd Driver Shift Control w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 6.2L V-8 / 420 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.0L I-6 / 277 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
14 / 19 / 16 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
24.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded / Diesel
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$92
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
109.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
168 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
211.9 "
Exterior Width
81.1 "
Exterior Height
76.7 "
Front Headroom
42.3 "
Rear Headroom
38.9 "
Front Legroom
44.5 "
Rear Legroom
41.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
65.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
64.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,635 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 22.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Seat Trim
Inteluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bucket / 60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
19 Akg Studio
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear / Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months