In the greater than twenty years since its controversial debut, the Escalade has advanced from a tarted-up GMC Yukon to Cadillac’s most recognizable nameplate. The current-generation Escalade enters its third mannequin yr, and though it is nonetheless associated to the Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban it undeniably has the luxurious chops to tackle high-dollar rivals such because the Lincoln Navigator, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and the Lexus LX600—in actual fact, it vanquished these three rivals in a comparison test final yr. Credit the Escalade’s plush trip and safe dealing with; its highly effective 6.2-liter V-8 (a torque-rich turbo-diesel inline-six can be accessible); and a high-tech inside that incorporates a curved OLED digital show. As earlier than, the Escalade is obtainable in a standard-length physique type or within the longer ESV configuration that has considerably extra cargo house behind the third-row seat. And final yr, a potent new V-series mannequin joined the lineup because the high-performance flagship, its supercharged V-8 churning out 682 horsepower.
What’s New for 2024?
The Escalade steams into 2024 with no main modifications. And no minor modifications, both. Presumably, Cadillac is concentrating its efforts on the already introduced electrical model, the Escalade iQ, which is slated to reach someday this yr.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
If you are buying the Escalade, there’s little level in making an attempt to avoid wasting a number of nickels by getting something lower than the total monty, so go for the Premium Luxury Platinum. That nets you semi-aniline leather-based, 16-way power-adjustable entrance seats with therapeutic massage, soft-close doorways, and an AKG audio system with 36 audio system. It additionally comes customary with Super Cruise, a head-up show, and a self-parking characteristic. The Sport Platinum is actually the identical factor however with darkish exterior trim. Of course, if you happen to’re in search of absolute max efficiency, the one alternative is to go V-Series.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Cadillac’s largest SUV is powered by a normal 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and can deactivate half of its cylinders when cruising to avoid wasting gas; a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six can be accessible. A ten-speed automated transmission is customary with each engines, and patrons can select from rear- or all-wheel-drive setups. As with its siblings, the current-generation Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon, the Escalade rides on an independent rear suspension that gives further third-row legroom, which was compromised within the earlier mannequin resulting from it strong rear axle. Higher-end trims additionally supply air springs with adaptive dampers. At our take a look at observe, the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV with the V-8 engine sprinted to 60 mph in simply 5.9 seconds. The 277-hp diesel engine doesn’t ship almost the straight-line efficiency of the usual V-8, however for some patrons that compromise is well worth the improved gas financial system and punchy 460 lb-ft of low-end torque. For these Escalade followers with a necessity for pace, solely the V will do. It’s powered by a beastly supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 making 682 horsepower, which proved to be sufficient energy to blast the humongous SUV to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds at our take a look at observe. We had been additionally impressed with the V-8’s energy and its baritone burble. The modifications to the SUV’s suspension make it deal with higher than the usual SUV, however the Escalade-V nonetheless would not really feel as nimble as rivals such because the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 or the BMW Alpina XB7.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Rear-wheel-drive gasoline V-8 Escalades are rated at 14 mpg metropolis, 19 mpg freeway, and 16 mpg mixed; including all-wheel drive drops the freeway quantity by 1 mpg. The performance-oriented V mannequin is way much less environment friendly, incomes EPA scores of 11 mpg metropolis and 16 mpg freeway. Opting for the turbo-diesel engine makes a giant distinction, with EPA estimates as excessive as 21 mpg metropolis and 27 mpg freeway. On our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy take a look at route, an all-wheel-drive Escalade with the elective diesel engine returned 26 mpg. For extra details about the Escalade’s gas financial system, go to the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
As the flagship of the Cadillac lineup, the Escalade ups the ante on in-cabin luxurious. Faux leather-based is used within the base Luxury trim, however all different trims obtain the true deal, with Platinum fashions getting extra-soft semi-aniline hides. Leather-covered sprint and door panels, aluminum speaker grilles, and adjustable inside ambient lighting present an upscale look, though some switchgear is shared with lesser GM fashions. Both a normal and long-wheelbase ESV model
Infotainment and Connectivity
Cadillac has tricked out the Escalade within the electronics division. The foremost showpiece is the digital dashboard, which is comprised of three curved OLED shows that layer on high of each other to create a cool 38-inches of mixed digital actual property, a few of which function the motive force’s gauge cluster whereas the remaining tasks the CUE infotainment system for the motive force and passenger. The assortment of shows is harking back to the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class’s big monolithic infotainment setup, however the Escalade’s stacked setup creates depth and appears higher built-in than the Benz’s. Other tech options embrace an augmented-reality navigation system and an accessible rear-seat leisure bundle that features two 12.6-inch shows with streaming functionality. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and a Wi-Fi hotspot are additionally customary. Audiophiles can be in for a deal with irrespective of which Escalade mannequin they select. Cadillac has partnered with Grammy-award-winning audio and acoustics firm AKG to develop the Escalade’s customary and elective sound techniques. A 19-speaker Studio Sound system is customary on the Luxury, Sport, and Premium Luxury fashions, however Platinum trims get the AKG Studio Reference system with a whopping 36 audio system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Cadillac is ready on making its flagship SUV a showcase for driver-assistance technology, and along with making lots of the hottest active-safety options customary, Cadillac additionally gives its glorious Super Cruise adaptive-cruise system, which permits hands-free driving. For extra details about the Escalade’s crash-test outcomes, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embrace:
- Standard automated emergency braking with entrance and rear pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping help
- Available adaptive cruise management with hands-free driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The 2024 Escalade gives the identical customary guarantee bundle as the remainder of the Cadillac lineup. Its powertrain guarantee stretches for longer than rivals such because the GLS-class and the BMW X7, however the BMW’s complimentary scheduled upkeep plan is much better than the Caddy’s.
- Limited guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Complimentary upkeep is roofed for the primary go to
2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $151,490/$155,215
Options: Super Cruise, $2500; Crystal White Tricoat paint, $1225
supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection
Displacement: 376 in3, 6162 cm3
Power: 682 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 653 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Suspension, F/R: management arms/trailing arms
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Alenza A/S 02
275/50R-22 111H M+S TPC Spec 3156MS
Wheelbase: 120.9 in
Length: 211.9 in
Width: 81.1 in
Height: 76.7 in
Passenger Volume: 177 ft3
Cargo Volume: 26 ft3
Curb Weight: 6290 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.3 sec
100 mph: 10.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.7 sec @ 111 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 125 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 353 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.69 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 11 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 13/11/16 mpg
2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4WD
front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$112,965 (base worth: $83,490)
pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection
376 in3, 6162 cm3
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Suspension (F/R): management arms/trailing arm; Brakes (F/R): 13.5-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc; Tires: Bridgestone Alenza A/S 02, 275/50R-22 111H M+S TPC Spec 3156MS
Wheelbase: 134.1 in; Length: 227.0; Width: 81.1; Height: 76.5 in; Passenger quantity: 180 ft3 ; Cargo quantity: 43 ft3 ; Curb Weight: 6270
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.9 sec
100 mph: 15.4 sec
Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec
1/4 mile: 14.5 sec @ 97 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft dia skidpad: 0.71 g
Standing-start accel occasions omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/metropolis/freeway: 16/14/19 mpg