2014 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $66,295 - $83,070

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2014 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Escalade is the flagship offering from Cadillac in their SUV lineup. It is a full-size luxury SUV that made its debut in the year 1998, and it was Cadillac’s attempt to compete with the top dogs of the segment. So it was during the 2007 model year of the SUV when Cadillac decided to introduce the 3rd generation GMT 900 Escalade, and the 2014 Escalade is also a part of it as well, albeit with quite a few changes and updates over the years. In fact, the 2014 Escalade is the last model year for the 3rd generation Escalade.

 

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Pros

Powerful V8 under the hood

Strong road presence

An extensive list of standard features

Smooth and comfortable ride

Cons

3rd row is cramped with inadequate legroom

Low fuel economy figures

Subpar braking performance

What's New?

Since the 2014 Escalade is the last model year of the 3rd Escalade generation, nothing much has been changed.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$74800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

403 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

417 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

202.5 in.

width

79 in.

height

75.9 in.

curb weight

5718 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

108.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

8100 lbs.

payload capacity

1582 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$66,295 onwards

  • 18-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Rear air conditioning with controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

Luxury$67,970 onwards

  • 22-inch chrome aluminum Wheels
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Premium$72,250 onwards

  • 22-inch machined aluminum Wheels

Platinum Edition$80,520 onwards

  • 22-inch chrome aluminum Wheels

Colors and Styles

2014 Cadillac Escalade in Crystal Red Tintcoat color
Crystal Red Tintcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.8

Competition

8.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


With four different trim levels to choose from, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade has a price range of $63,745 to $83,070. Maintaining its reputation with respect to exemplified luxury and performance with the 2014 lineup, the Cadillac Escalade competes with the likes of Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and other similar full-size luxury SUVs in the market.


6.8/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety


2014 Cadillac Escalade Features

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is available in four different trim levels to choose from, viz. base, Luxury, Premium, and the top-of-the-line Platinum Edition. The entry-level base trim comes with features like automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, adaptive and auto-leveling suspension, locking rear differential, a power liftgate, leather upholstery with vinyl in the third row, heated and ventilated power front seats with driver-seat memory functions, heated second-row captain's chairs, a power tilt-only steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and much more.  

The already long list of features gets even more feature-rich as you go up the trim level. At the top of the food chain, you get the flagship Platinum Edition which equips the SUV with all the features Cadillac has to offer. Some of the highlight features include special exterior styling details, 22-inch chrome wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and cooled cupholders, along dual headrest-mounted screens for the video entertainment system.

Trim

Base

Luxury

Premium

Platinum

MSRP (2WD)

$63,745

$67,970

$72,250

$80,520

MSRP (4WD)

$66,295

$70,520

$74,800

$83,070

Key Features

18” alloy wheels

In addition to or replaces base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Luxury trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Premium trim features with:

 

Automatic xenon headlights

22” wheels

Body-colored styling details in place of chrome

22” chrome wheels

 

Adaptive and auto-leveling suspension

Automatic high beams

Dual exhaust tips

Special exterior styling details

 

Heated and ventilated power front seats with driver seat memory functions

Upgraded adaptive suspension

Painted wheels

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

Heated second-row captain's chairs

Sunroof

LED headlights (optional)

Heated and cooled cup holders

 

Rear parking sensors

Blind-spot warning system

 

Dual headrest-mounted screens

We Recommend

Since the base trim of the Escalade comes with pretty features packed with more than most of the important luxury tech and convenience features, it should just be enough for most people and their needs. But if you want to get the most value out of your money, the Luxury trim might just be the one for you. It gets you covered with some of the important features like a sunroof, a blind-spot warning system, and a heated steering wheel. On top of that, the Luxury trim also has a couple of standalone options that you can spec if you want.

2014 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

6.8/10

Under the hood of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 pumping out 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the only option irrespective of the trim levels and is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with standard rear-wheel drive. A light-duty all-wheel-drive system is also available as an option for all the trim levels.

It is a pretty solid powertrain, and it shows in the performance figures as well. The Escalade is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time as low as 6.5 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds. These are pretty amazing times for an SUV of its size and weight. When properly equipped, Escalade can tow an impressive 8,300 pounds

Models

2014 Cadillac Escalade

2014 Lincoln Navigator

2014 Lexus LX 570

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

MSRP

$63,745

$56,165

$82,630

$64,550

Engine 

6.2L V8

5.4L V8

5.7L V8

4.7L Twin-turbo V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

4WD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power 

403 hp @ 5700 rpm

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

383 hp @ 5600 rpm

362 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

417 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

403 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5

8.7

6.8

6.0

Quarter mile (sec)

13.6

16.5

15.2

14.6

Top Speed (MPH)

117

120

NA

130

In terms of performance, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class might be the quicker one here, but the Cadillac Escalade quickly catches up on the quarter-mile timings. The Lincoln Navigator on the other hand having the least powerful engine in the competition is naturally the slowest car here. All cars in the competition have naturally aspirated engines with the only exception being the GL-Class that comes with a twin-turbo V8.

2014 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

5.0/10

With all this power, and with its size and heft, you would imagine below average fuel-economy figures, and you would be right. With the RWD drivetrain, the Escalade is capable of delivering 14, 18, and 16 mpg in the city, highway, and combined driving cycles respectively. Opting for the AWD variant will drop these figures by about 1mpg. Although these mileage figures might seem pretty underwhelming, which it is, with regards to its segment and the competition, these numbers are actually pretty decent.

Models

2014 Cadillac Escalade

2014 Lincoln Navigator

2014 Lexus LX 570

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

MPG (City)

14

14

12

14

MPG (Highway)

18

20

17

19

MPG (Combined)

16

16

14

16

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26

28

24.6

26.4

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

364/468

392/560

295.2/418.2

369.6/501.6

Except for the Lexus, the Cadillac Escalade and the rest are in a very similar ballpark in terms of their fuel economy figures; all offering 16 mpg combined. With the highest power and torque figures of the lot yet delivering 16mpg combined, the 2014 Lincoln Navigator is the clear winner here when it comes to fuel economy. That being said, Lexus is not too far off from its competitors.

2014 Cadillac Escalade Interior

7.2/10

With regards to seating configuration, Cadillac applied kind of a reverse strategy for the Escalade. With a standard seating configuration of 7 people on all the trims, thanks to the 2nd-row captain's chairs, only the top-of-the-line Platinum Edition trim level can be equipped with a second-row bench seat bumping the total passenger capacity to up to eight people.

In terms of design, the interior looks pretty outdated, but you would feel you are in some sort of a luxurious place once you step inside the SUV. While the 1st and 2nd rows are pretty spacious and comfortable, the 3rd-row seats are cramped making them suitable only for children. The trunk has a total capacity of 16.9 cu-ft, which can be increased to a maximum of 108.9 cu-ft by folding down the 2nd and 3rd-row seats.

Models

2014 Cadillac Escalade

2014 Lincoln Navigator

2014 Lexus LX 570

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Seating Capacity

7

7

8

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.1/65.2/41.3

39.5/63.3/41.1

38.3/61.0/42.9

41.2/58.5/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/65.2/39

39.7/63.7/39.7

38.9/61.4/34.4

40/58.3/38.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/61.7/25.6

37.6/51.9/37.7

35.8/62.3/28.3

38.9/50.5/35

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.9

18.1

15.5

16.0

While the Cadillac Escalade and most of its competitors are in a very similar ballpark with regards to their interior dimensions, the cramped third-row seat legroom of the Escalade might be a deal-breaker for many people. Navigator offers one of the most spacious interior seating in the segment and also the highest cargo capacity at 18.1 cu-ft. Lexus LX 570 comes with a standard 8-person seating capacity while the Escalade can seat 8 people in the top-of-the-line trim. Standout interior features:

  • Tri-zone electronic automatic climate control with individual settings for driver, front passenger and rear seating areas
  • Heated And Cooled Cup Holders
  • Front seats with leather seating surfaces, heated and cooled seat backs and cushions with three temperature settings,
  • 14-way power adjusting including 4-way power lumbar, memory setting for two drivers
  • Climate control, rear air conditioning
  • Rear-window Electric Defogger

How intuitive is the 2014 Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment unit?

The Escalade has a unique instrument panel that includes gauges with white needles and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white-LED backlighting. Since the 2014 Escalade hasn’t yet received Cadillac's latest CUE electronics interface, it's got the old touchscreen interface and dashboard layout, which looks and feels pretty outdated. 

Nonetheless, standard features of the infotainment system include a CD player, a premium 10-speaker surround-sound system from Bose, USB and AUX connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a touchscreen navigation system, OnStar emergency communications, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. A rear-seat entertainment system with a single display is available as an option on the Luxury trim, while the standard video entertainment system on the top-of-the-line Platinum Edition trim level comes with dual headrest-mounted screens. Standout infotainment features:

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • 2-channel wireless infrared headphones (optional)
  • 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system
  • CD player
  • Satellite radio
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

2014 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

8.0/10

So the 2014 Escalade comes with a wide range of color options, out of which, the Midnight Plum Metallic color is the most appealing color out there. In terms of design, the Escalade is instantly recognizable. It has a strong road presence, and the matured and grown-up design makes it the top choice for most high-ranking officials and executives.

That being said, the Premium and Platinum trims have their own unique touch to the exterior of the SUV. For example, the Premium trim gets body-colored styling details in place of chrome, dual exhaust tips, and painted wheels. The Platinum trim also gets its own special exterior styling details, and 22-inch chrome wheels as well.

Models

2014 Cadillac Escalade

2014 Lincoln Navigator

2014 Lexus LX 570

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5718

6000

6000

5401

Length (in.)

NA

206.5

197

201.6

Width (in.)

79.0

78.8

77.6

84.3

Height (in.)

75.9

78.3

73.4

72.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

9.3

9.1

8.9

8.5

Wheelbase (in.)

116

119

112.2

121.1

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Cadillac Escalade is kind of a middle ground in the segment. Although being decently long and having a decent wheelbase, it is kind of a surprise for the Escalade to have a cramped 3rd row with inadequate legroom for adults. In terms of weight, the Caddy is slightly on the lighter end of the spectrum. The Mercedes Benz GL-class on the other hand measures the widest in its segment. Standout exterior features:

  • 22” alloy wheels
  • Power retractable assist steps
  • Power-assisted liftgate
  • Heated power-folding mirrors
  • Tail lamps, LED illumination
  • Sunroof, power, tilt-sliding with express-open/-close and wind deflector (optional)

2014 Cadillac Escalade Safety

7.8/10

Being a tough-looking big SUV, you might think that the Escalade is pretty safe. But that’s not always the case. According to NHTSA, the Cadillac gets an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, which is surprising for a car of its size. With five stars in most of the individual tests, it got four stars in the “front passenger side” rating, and three stars in the rollover test with a rollover risk of 24.6%. However, the IIHS has not rated the Cadillac Escalade yet.

Standard safety tech for the 2014 Cadillac Escalade includes front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control. In terms of active driving aids, the 2014 Escalade comes with a side blind zone alert standard on all trims except the base.  Standout safety features:

  • Rollover mitigation technology
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2014 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

For someone wanting an American full-size luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade might be a pretty good choice. It has a solid road presence, and the long list of standard luxury tech, convenience features, and creature comforts, makes it a compelling choice in its segment. But the downside is its cramped 3rd-row seats, and the interior feels a bit outdated compared to some of its competitors in the market. On top of that, its safety quotient is not very satisfactory as well.

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