2015 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $75,695

Ranked #16 in Suv

6.5

Overall Rating

2015 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Cadillac is a very well-known Autocar manufacturing giant that originated in the United States. It is known for making top-class luxury cars with incredible performance. Over the years, the demand for full-size SUVs has increased. People are more open to buying such machinery as they offer incredible seating space and top-class luxury rather than Hatchbacks or Sedans. 

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Pros

Boldness in its appeal

V8 loudness

Cons

Third row seating is a nightmare

Range could have been better

Cargo capacity

What's New?

Completely revamped for 2015


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

204 in.

width

81 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

5603 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

94.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

8200 lbs.

payload capacity

1497 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Luxury$75,695 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 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 Feature

7.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.5

Overall Rating


With the Cadillac Escalade, the manufacturer has been catering to this market. The Cadillac Escalade comes in various trims to choose from. Moreover, it has been even fully redesigned for 2015 to stay relevant to that changing landscape. The main competitors of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade in the market are the GMC Yukon XL Denali, the Lincoln Navigator, and the INFINITI QX80. Its overall analysis down the lane would further help us gauge its position among them.


7.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Cadillac Escalade Features

7.0/10

The 2015 model year of the Cadillac Escalade will offer 4 trim levels to choose from, mainly known as Base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. The base trim costs from $71,695 and goes up to a whopping $89,275 for the top-tier Platinum trim. The Base tends to get 20-inch chrome muscular wheels and magnetic ride control. It has been flaunted with the power-adjustable and heated seats as well for comfort and ease. The Luxury trim is a little bit more expensive for an additional power-folding 2nd-row seat and enhanced alarm system.

Trim

Base 

Luxury

Premium 

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$72,695

$76,970

$81,470

$89,275

MSRP (AWD)

$75,570

$79,570

$84,070

$71,875

Key Features

20-inch chrome wheels

Same as Base with additional features

Same as Luxury with additional features

Same as Premium with additional features

 

Magnetic ride control

Sunroof

Cornering lights

Specialized door sills

 

Hands-free power liftgate

Enhanced alarm system

Rear entertainment package

Heated and ventilated 14-way power-adjustable front seats with massage function

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Power-folding 2nd-row seats

Reverse collision mitigation

Simulated suede headliner

 

Bose 16-speaker audio system with Active Noise Cancellation

 

 

Cooled front-seat center console

 

Heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable front seats

 

 

Dual rear-seat DVD screens

The higher trims like the Premium and Platinum are even more flashy with their offers. The Premium trim has been armed with Reverse collision mitigation for safety along with the Rear entertainment package for one’s engagement. Life becomes worth living with the eldest among all, the Platinum, as it has been given features like the power-ventilated seats and suede touches on the headliner with all the luxury features as standard.

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With such a price tag, one's cautiousness on investment has to be driven by sanity and logic. Keeping this in mind, the Premium would be a much better choice as it has a blend of both performance and interior involvement. The cabin is properly packed with tech-ends and power-assisted features. Instead of investing in Platinum, save those extra dollars and get the add-on packages to enhance overall dynamics.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade will use the same 6.2L pushrod V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that can make the most out of the 420 hp of power and 460 lb-ft of torque that the engine produces. One gets RWD as the standard drive layout with an additional option of 4WD, which costs one some extra bucks. The overall combination pushes the Cadillac Escalade to cover 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds, which is impressive for an SUV. In addition to that, its lower mid-rev band is also remarkable, which allows it to be the supreme among the rest.

Models 

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2015 INFINITI QX80 

2015 Lincoln Navigator 

MSRP

$72,695

$70,220

$66,350

$63,195

Engine

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

5.6L V8

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain 

4WD

4WD

4WD

AWD

Transmission 

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

420 hp @ 5,600 RPM

400 hp @ 5,800 RPM

380 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

460 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

460 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

460 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.1

7.2

6.2

6.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.6

15.1

15.1

14.9

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

122 MPH

133 MPH

130 MPH

As far as comparison is concerned, the GMC Yukon XL Denali has a sluggish acceleration in the 0-60 mph mark simply because of poor power-weight ratio, and that too with an unreasonable higher mid-rev band. The Cadillac Escalade, on the other hand, gets better because of superiority in the same regions. Being a twin-turbo but with a lower engine capacity costs the Lincoln Navigator its podium finish in this power domain, while the QX80 has decent prowess with an impressive top speed of 133 mph.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

8.0/10

It is unfair to expect incredible MPG performances with these massive-sized luxury SUVs hooked to a powerful engine, but the 2015 Cadillac Escalade does manage to do a decent job despite that fact. The 6.2L pushrod V8 engine provides 14 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 17 MPG combined, and when these figures are multiplied with the 26-gallon fuel tank, the range coverage hits the 598 miles ceiling quite comfortably keeping refueling miles away. 

Models 

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2015 INFINITI QX80 

2015 Lincoln Navigator 

MPG (City)

14

14

13

16

MPG (Highway)

23

20

19

22

MPG (Combined)

17

17

15

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

26.0

31.0

26.0

28.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

364/598/442

434/620/527

338/494/390

448/616/504

As per data, the Navigator might be the most fuel-efficient, but it is that huge fuel tank that gives the GMC Yukon XL Denali the status of being the most practical. Meanwhile, the INFINITI QX80 is the worst among all and is extremely disappointing for its underappreciated range. It is true it has a lower price compared to others, but that would actually be compensated within a year's operation. Thus, on the whole, the lever tends to favor all except the QX80.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade looks typically Cadillac. The interior houses the power-flexing seats with power-heating and driver’s memory function. The standard features like the Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive Remote Start have been kept consistent across all the trims. For the interior accents, one may choose between chrome-finish and piano black. The second row gets power-folding as per trim specialty. Leatherette over seats and steering is common across all the trims. There has been no compromise with the level of cushioning and seat-positioning for desirable visibility.

Models 

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2015 INFINITI QX80 

2015 Lincoln Navigator 

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

42.8/64.9/45.3

42.3/66.0/44.5 

41.8/65.2/43.9

39.5/65.2/43.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.7/64.4/39.0

38.9/64.8/42.0

40.0/65.1/42.6

40.2/58.5/41.9

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.2/62.8/36.7

37.3/64.2/40.9

37.3/64.2/40.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.2 cu ft

38.9 cu ft

16.6 cu ft

20.9 cu ft

The INFINITI QX80 Limited has a better interior passenger space as compared to any other in the segment. Unlike other departments, it gauges way beyond one’s expectations. The Escalade, on the other hand, is exceptionally cramped in its third row. The long hauling with such an arrangement would give nothing more than joint pains. The same is also true for the cargo capacity, while the Yukon XL Denali comes up with flying colors as it hits the 38.9 cu-ft mark. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Heads-up display
  • Massaging seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror

How intuitive is the 2015 Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment unit?

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with CUE (Cadillac User Experience), an integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and OnStar serviceability. The musical notes are played by the 16-speaker Bose surround sound system, and one is capable of tracing its own travel with an advanced navigation system. The other normals that can be enlisted in it are the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Natural Voice Recognition, Gesture Recognition, and the Universal Home Remote in conjunction with the Theft-deterrent system. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with CUE (Cadillac User Experience)
  • Satellite radio
  • USB ports 
  • Auxiliary ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • A 16-speaker Bose surround sound system
  • Navigation system

2015 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

6.0/10

The 2015 model year of the Cadillac Escalade is completely redesigned. The boxy frame with a wide front is enough to expose its bold and bossy character. The 20" x 9" dual 7-spoke chrome-plated aluminum wheels are muscular and apt for such a silhouette. The front even gets an active shutter for aerodynamic improvement. The fenders have bulged-out wheel fairing, and the fascia is dominantly covered by the grille with Cadillac badging. The Blackwall P275/55R20 all-season tires have been meshed with the wheel rims for better grip and contact patches. It does not have bodylines and creases in excess, unlike others.

Models 

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2015 INFINITI QX80 

2015 Lincoln Navigator 

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,572

5,655

5,888

5,760

Length (inches)

203.9

224.4

208.9

210.0

Width (inches)

80.5

80.5

79.9

78.8

Height (inches)

74.4

74.4

75.8

78.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

7.9

9.2

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

116.0

130.0

121.1

119.0

In terms of comparison, the INFINITI QX80 is the heaviest car in the class, reducing its performance a little bit. While the GMC Yukon XL Denali at the same time has a longer wheelbase, which does the same harm as a higher weight will do. The Escalade is quite compact as per its segment because of which it has far better handling dynamics and control than others. This also improves its response to toppling and leaning which are dominant in such body styles. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Powered liftgate with hands-free function
  • Spoiler-mounted solar panel
  • Heated mirrors with memory setting

2015 Cadillac Escalade Safety

7.0/10

The Cadillac Escalade comes with many important safety features. Also, the built quality of this car is good. The car has been rated 5-star overall for its safety by the NHTSA. However, it has not been rated by IIHS yet. The wide and lengthy front allows the crash frontal impact force to scale down to a minimum. Along with the structural integrity, it can be armed with advanced tech-ends like Adaptive cruise control, Forward collision warning, and Automatic emergency braking. The standard features like the airbags, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, and surround-view parking camera have been also attached to it as an extension. Standout safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic seat-belt tightening

2015 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is a perfect premium SUV. This car has impressive performance with premium materials carried throughout. It also has decent MPG figures, which makes it practical. The inclusion of the latest techs and top safety features enhances its value. It may be expensive for some people, but it lives up to its expectations. So, if you are planning to go for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, then you have made the right choice.

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