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2017 Cadillac Escalade Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Since 2003, the recipe for creating a Cadillac Escalade was a simple one. You start off with a particularly unsophisticated GMC Yukon and then give it three suitcases full of cash only to send it to a Louis Vuitton store in Beverly Hills. It now has chandeliers for headlights, the finest leather and wood trim on the interior and 22 inch rims with enough chrome to scare off Puff Diddy in his prime. This formula worked as the Escalade was capable of going against SUV royalty and killing them off without hesitation. Can it repeat this success even in 2017? Let's find out…

The ;SUV royalty mentioned in the first paragraph have only gotten better and brattier with the passage of time and they now pose a threat to the Escalade's reign. Of course, we're talking about the deadly three; the Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS and the mighty Land Rover Range Rover. Escalade vs. the World then. Let the games begin.

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Pros

Invincible LT1 motor

Charming exterior design

Class-leading interior

Extremely refined ride

Highly advanced tech features

Cons

Heavier than most houses

Sort of intimidating to drive

What's New?

The first major change for 2017 is the renamed trim levels

There's a new automatic parking system for rich kids who hate parking their sub-100 grand SUVs


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73395

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu. in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

17 in. ventilated disc brakes/17 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

203.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5521 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1557 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

167 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2017 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Bronze Dune Metallic color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Crystal White Tricoat color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Dark Granite Metallic color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Red Passion Tintcoat color  2017 Cadillac Escalade in Silver Coast Metallic color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.7

Safety

7.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac Escalade Base

Base

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$73,395 - $76,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $73,395 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/22 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A
4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $76,395 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/20 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive N/A

 2017 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$78,395 - $81,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $78,395 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/22 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $81,395 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/20 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive N/A

 2017 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$82,895 - $85,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $82,895 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/22 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,895 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/20 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive N/A

 2017 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$92,195 - $95,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $92,195 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/22 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $95,195 MSRP (15 mpg/17 mpg/20 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm6.2V8premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


Under the hood, there's a mouth-watering Chevy LT1 motor which in layman terms, means that it's a massive 6.2 liter V8 plucked from the Corvette making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. In the Escalade, this unit is mated to an 8-speed automatic. So just like the rest of the car, excess is the name of the game in the engine department and Caddy fans wouldn't have it any other way. Sweet.


8.0/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Exterior

 

7.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Cadillac Escalade Features

8.0/10

As mentioned earlier, there are four new trims for the 2017 Cadillac Escalade starting off with the $73,395 base model. There's also a $100,000 extended "ESV' (Extended Stretch Vehicle) model with all the features of the 'Platinum' top model for those who need to fit in more chains and Gucci clothes in the back.

Take a look at the table below to check out all the options and features in the Cadillac Escalade:

Trim

Base

Platinum

Luxury

Premium Luxury

MSRP

(FWD)

$73,395

$92,195

$78,395

$82,895

MSRP

(AWD)

$76,395

$95,195

$81,395

$85,895

Key Features 

Adjustable Pedals Power with memory

Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System Safety Alert Seat Adaptive Cruise Control with full-speed range
  Adaptive Remote Start  Two 7" diagonal full-color screens located on backside of front-row head restraints

Forward Collision Alert

 

13 switchable Forward and Reverse

 
  Audio System Bose 16-speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound system 2 four-channel headphones (4 in ESV)

Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

 
Automatic Braking  
  Three USB ports Front Console Compartment Cooled with covered storage Rear Camera Mirror With rear camera washer  Automatic Safety Belt Tightening 
  Auxiliary audio connectivity Dual cup holders Wheels 22" 7-spoke Electric Parking Brake
  CD/MP3 single-disc player Electronic climate controls Content theft alarm with vehicle inclination sensors Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
  Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling Second-row heated seat controls Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert 9" diagonal full-color fold-down screen
  Data-service streaming with Natural Voice Recognition Auxiliary power outlet Rear Cross Traffic Alert  2 two-channel digital wireless headphones (4 with ESV)
  Bose Active Noise Cancellation   Two USB ports  IntelliBeam automatic high-beam On/Off LED Illuminating Door Handles
  Information and media control system Leather-Wrapped Instrument Panel 

Theft-Deterrent Package

 
Front Cornering Lamps
  8" full-color diagonal LCD capacitive multi-touch screen Microfiber Sueded Headliner And pillars  Head-Up Display 4-color  LED-backlit display
  Dual cupholders with cover Platinum Sill Plates  Interior motion sensor  
    Premium Floor Mats Sunroof Power tilt and slide with express-open/-close and sunshade  
    Seating Semi-Aniline leather seating surfaces (first and second row)    
    Unique Exotic Wood     
    Unique Grille Design    

What we recommend:

There is no point of spending close to a hundred thou on an SUV because you could easily get a BMW M3 for exactly the same amount of dough. So instead, an $89,895 Premium Luxury model could easily satisfy all your dreams of being a shot-caller without shooting up any big banks in the neighborhood. Plus, it's got almost all the features from the Platinum model and you can barely differentiate between the two.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Engine

7.9/10
"Escalade has no problem accelerating to highway speeds or passing slower traffic. Throttle response is immediate, and the braking performance is reassuring and predictable." - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

While its rivals have all opted for sensible V6 engines in their base models, the folks at Cadillac threw up at the idea of a puny 6-cylinder and went for the legendary LT1 V8 instead which clearly means that Cadillac is one of the very few mainstream car companies that actually care about horsepower-hungry petrol heads. So obviously, this unit makes a wonderful 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque that is just 30 horses down on a C7 Stingray.

The power only goes to the rear wheels till 25 MPH but anything more than that and it switches to its epic 4WD system that transfers powers via an 8-speed automatic. 

Models

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

MSRP

$73,395

$63,195

$68,700

$85,650

Engine

6.2L 8cyl

3.5L 6cyl

3.0L 6 cyl

3.0L 6 cyl

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

420 hp

450 hp

362 hp

340 hp

Torque

460 lb-ft

510 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

332 lb-ft

Acceleration

Although that sweet LT1 engine makes the two-ton Escalade as quick as possible, it loses out by three-tenths of a second to the Lincoln Navigator in the 0-60 MPH test. But apart from the Navigator, there is no SUV is in this segment that could challenge this Caddy to 60 MPH from a standstill and we say that confidently because even the Range takes 7.1 seconds to reach sixty.

The quarter mile is devoured in just 14.5 seconds, the same as the Lincoln Navigator but the boys from America lose out to the Germans by just one-tenth of a second here as the Merc completed the run in just 14.4 seconds. 

Models

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

5.5 sec

7.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.5 sec

14.5

14.4 sec

14.7 sec

Engine

6.2L

3.5L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.3

10.3

9.3

9.2

Handling

Straight-line speed hits you in the face almost instantly in the Escalade but around corners, it feels stable but nothing close to a Corvette which it takes its motor from. Obviously, this Caddy's extreme bulk is very apparent on tight corners but body roll is less and never becomes a pain to handle. As opposed to what the performance figures might suggest, the Escalade is more stable than sporty wherever you drive it and that isn't exactly a bad thing because hardly anyone expects a sports car out of this behemoth.

Braking

Now, before you forgive the five and a half thousand pound Caddy for performing poorly in the 60-0MPH braking test, you need to realize that it didn't. Yes, it's a shocker but it is true that the new Escalade comes to a standstill from 60 MPH in just 119 ft. This mean that it brakes earlier than all the other cars in this segment further establishing that this Caddy is a more focused performance SUV than all of its predecessors.

The brakes in the front and the back are both 17 inches in diameter which means they're the biggest ones we've seen on a production SUV.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

Brake Front (in.)

17.0

13.8

13.8

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

17.0

13.8

13.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5521

5830

5370

4839

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

132

120

137

Towing Capacity

The Escalade's 460 lb-ft of tire shredding torque translates into a towing capacity that deserves some amount of appreciation. It can tow approximately 8300 lbs of stuff (if you're in the Middle East that means a few dune buggies or ATVs but in Miami, a few jet-skis or a small boat). The Navigator becomes the leader here as it can tow approximately 9000 lbs. of stuff but unless you have houses to tear down; the Escalade might be just fine.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

Towing Capacity(lbs)

8300

9000

7500

7716

2017 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The fuel economy figures of the Escalade aren't as impressive as the rest of the car but a few MPGs as a sacrifice for more horses? Bearable but in all honesty, the SUV royals have clearly bagged the trophy here. This ride only gives a combined MPG figure of just 17 which means out on the highway, it gives a decent 23 MPG but in the city, a not so decent 14 MPG.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

MPG (city)

14

15

19

17

MPG (highway)

23

21

22

23

MPG (combined)

17

17

19

19

The class leaders in this department are the GLS and the Range Rover; both giving combined MPG figures of 19 each. Even the other yank tank here, the Navigator, only gives as many miles to the gallon as the Escalade so this round goes to the Europeans without a doubt.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Interior

8.5/10
"As big as the Cadillac might seem on the outside, it's surprising that the interior doesn't feel extraordinarily spacious. "- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Right from the dash to the tiniest strands of stitching, the interior can only be called drop-dead gorgeous. It happens to be a perfect mixture of technology and retro craftsmanship. The materials are without a doubt very top-notch and feel very satisfying to touch along with the leather upholstery that further complements the car's extravagant demeanor.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.8/64.9/45.3

39.5/63.3/43.0

41.2/58.5/40.3

39.3/60.7/42.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.7/63.7/39.1

40.0/58.3/38.5

39.2/59.4/40.2

Third(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

37.6/51.9/37.7

38.9/50.5/35.0

NA

The Escalade can seat 7 passengers which means that there are two extra foldable seats in the rear, unlike a Range Rover that only seats 5. The excessive amounts of leather are not only for show; the seats definitely feel like they're the perfect choice for long trips without ever being a pain. You get exceptional thigh and back support in all the seats just in case you feel the need for speed. (Not kidding, this car was featured in 2005's NFS: Underground 2 video game)

Infotainment

As soon as you get into the new Escalade, you are greeted by a beautifully shaped infotainment screen that just begs to be noticed along with its gracefully positioned buttons. The screen is run by theCUE or Cadillac User Experience which isn't a very clever name but we'll forgive that because it works brilliantly.

Most systems only start working when you actually touch the screen but this one senses your fingers coming in close proximity to the screen and adjusts itself accordingly. Yes, it actually senses your fingers moving Skynet would be a fitting name then. As expected, it's got all the major mobile connectivity features that you could ask for including Apple Car play, Bluetooth connectivity and no lesser than 3 USB ports.

It should also be mentioned that you can spec the Escalade with no lesser than 3 high-resolution screens with two right behind the front seats. The driver information display system is almost like a miniaturized version of the infotainment screen displaying all the necessary car info without any distractions. You can clearly see that Cadillac was gunning for the big dogs like Merc and Land Rover when they designed this awesome infotainment system.

Interior features

  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 12-way adjustable front seats
  • 4-way power lumbar front seats
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Cadillac User Experience infotainment system (CUE)
  • 16-speaker Bose sound system
  • 18-way adjustable seats with massage feature (Only in Platinum)
  • Console cooler (Only in Platinum)
  • Sueded microfiber headliner
  • Suede door pillar trim
  • Driver information display

Cargo volume

The Escalade stands right into the buyer expectations. With every seat up, you get 15 cubic feet of cargo volume. Isn't the most spacious but slips right into the SUV norms. It gets better by expanding the space with 2nd and 3rd seats down. The second seat drops down to open up 51.6 cubic feet and the third unlock 94.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.  

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

Cargo Volume behind 1st row (ft.3)

94.2

103.3

93.8

71.7

Cargo Volume behind 2nd row (ft.3)

51.6

54.4

49.4

32.1

Cargo Volume behind 3rd row (ft.3)

15.2

18.1

16.0

NA

Where the GLs and Escalade settle at similar cargo specification, the Navigator wins the battle with its humongous size. You get more than 100 cubic fee cargo bay. The Land Rover, on the other hand, didn't deliver much compared to these cargo juggernauts. 

2017 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

7.7/10

Dimensions and Weight

The Escalade has come a long way in terms of design from the 1999 iteration which was merely a badge-engineered Yukon. Now, it has clearly defined exterior characteristics that set it apart from its GM siblings like the gigantic chrome grille, 22-inch rims, and those gorgeous thin strip taillights. It's a looker even when you compare it to the handsome Range Rover so the looks department has been taken care of really well.

The Escalade has a curb weight of 5521 lbs. which means it's the second heaviest car here with the Navigator taking the top spot weighing in at 5830 lbs. It's also the second largest car here with a length of 203.9 inches and a width of 80.5 inches. It stands at 8 inches off the ground and has a total height of 74.4 inches. Here is a detailed look into the dimensions and measurements of the Escalade:

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator Select SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Land Range Rover

Curb weight (lbs.)

5521

5830

5370

4839

Length(in)

203.9

207.4

202.0

196.8

Width(in)

80.5

78.8

76.1

78.1

Height(in)

74.4

78.1

72.8

72.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

8.4

8.5

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

119.0

121.1

115.0

Track width (in) F/R

 

67.0/67.2

65.2/65.9

66.5/66.3

Exterior features

  • Invisible rear wiper
  • Concierge lighting
  • Cadillac Intellibeam
  • Black roof rails
  • Body-color splash guards
  • Illuminated door handles
  • Polished exhaust tips
  • Solar absorbing windshield
  • Spare tire lock
  • Optional radiant trim
  • 7 design choices for rims

2017 Cadillac Escalade Safety

7.3/10

Cadillac took no prisoners in the safety department because one of the biggest selling points of luxury SUVs is how good they can protect the ballers and business magnates sitting inside. So here is a list of all the safety features available in the 2017 Cadillac Escalade:

Safety features

  • Blind-zone alert
  • Safety alert seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Stabiltrak Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Optional Driver Awareness package
  • All-around airbags
  • Front and rear park assists
  • Child safety locks

2017 Cadillac Escalade Competition

Lincoln Navigator vs Cadillac Escalade

The infamous Lincoln-Cadillac rivalry has given us the best luxury cars to ever come out of the land of the stars and stripes despite both companies being founded by the legendary innovator Henry Leland. The goliath Navigator is a result of this feud continuing even in the 21st century and we're grateful for that because this SUV is beauty and brawn carefully blended into one.

Although it's based on the Ford Expedition, the level of luxury and performance from the Navigator almost makes it feel like a brand new car. Under the hood, there's a tuned 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine from Ford that makes a yummy 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque which means more power and torque than the Escalade. The interior appears to be more distinctive than the Caddy with mostly rectangular shapes and is a nice change of pace from older models. It's slightly heavier and almost feels like a school bus to drive which could probably be its only downfall.

And since it's cheaper than the Caddy at $63,195, its advised to go with it.

Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Cadillac Escalade

Merc's new GLS proves two things: the Germans love to rename their cars every few years and every time that happens, the cars only get better. The GLS happens to be the meeting point of the S-Class' luxury and the G-wagon's off-roading machismo and that is precisely what most SUV buyers would want in the first place.

Under the hood, there's a 3.0 V6 pumping out 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque which isn't even close to what the yank tanks make but should we also mention that the GLS isn't that bulky? It only weighs 5370 lbs. and that means greater acceleration which equals more performance. On the inside, everything is in classic Mercedes fashion and there's absolutely nothing to complain about.

At $68,700, the GLS is sandwiched between the Lincoln and the Caddy so it really depends on whether you want a ship or a speedboat.

 Land Rover Range Rover vs Cadillac Escalade

The Brit boy in the group has been the pioneer of the luxury SUV market for decades and has been fighting off literally every other carmaker in this segment. The 2017 Range Rover is basically the same car, only better. This means that it is a fusion of off-road invincibility and gobsmacking British extravagance which means it still is one of the most lusted after cars in the segment.

The Range houses a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 we have also seen in the F-type Jag that pumps out just as much power and torque. This means 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque which is way more appreciable when you find out that it only weighs around 4800 lbs. So it's the lightest of the bunch, it almost invented the concept of luxury SUVs and it's 85k asking price seems moderate because of that. No pressure to the yank tanks then.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

Cadillac has come a long way from making glorified Chevys because, well, it makes better glorified Chevys. All jokes aside, new Cadillacs drive extremely well, are extremely luxurious and look classier than most of their European rivals. As such, the case is the same for Escalade with the only difference being the added off-road capability, thanks to the Yukon's 4WD system.