2018 Cadillac Escalade

Rating7.1

Ranked #17 in Suv

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$74,695 - $96,795

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Key Spec of 2018 Cadillac Escalade
fuel economy

14/17/23

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (recommended)

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Excellent V8 engine 

Ride quality could have been better

No significant changes

Good towing capacity

Handling is bad

Great personalization options

Loading cargo is difficult

2018 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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American luxury SUVs don’t get much better or in fact, much bigger than the 2018 Cadillac Escalade. The current generation is the fourth in the SUVs long and illustrious history and shares platforms with the Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and the GMC Yukon. Although the platform has been aging, there have been no shortage in sales figures and it is very true that Americans have liked this model. It also offers a new 10 speed automatic transmission, an extremely lavish cabin and new color schemes.

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7.1

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#17 in Suv


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Trims

Base$74,695 onwards

  • Automatic parallel and perpendicular parking assist
  • Bose 16-speaker audio system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hands-Free power liftgate
  • Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats
  • Led headlights
  • Surround-View parking camera system
  • Three-Zone automatic climate control

Luxury$80,295 onwards

  • Automatic high beams
  • Camera-Based rearview mirror system
  • Head-Up display
  • Power-Folding second-row seats
  • Sunroof

Premium Luxury$84,695 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Collision mitigation system
  • Overhead-Mounted display
  • Rear entertainment system
  • Reverse automatic braking

Platinum$93,795 onwards

  • Cooled front-seat center console
  • Power-Retracting side steps
  • Two more rear entertainment screens
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Upgraded power front seats

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2017 Cadillac Escalade
20
Price Drop, $2103
Previous Price: $4999106 Jul 2022

2017 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A)

$47,888
Est. $650/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,292 Below market
RMV: $56,180
Hollywood, FL
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2018 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

$46,995
Est. $638/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,133 Below market
RMV: $55,128
Tulsa, OK
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2019 Cadillac Escalade
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2019 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

$49,150
Est. $667/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,327 Below market
RMV: $57,477
Amityville, NY
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2017 Cadillac Escalade
21
Price Drop, $999
Previous Price: $3979917 Jun 2022

2017 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A)

$38,800
Est. $526/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,522 Below market
RMV: $45,322
Bloomington, IN
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2017 Cadillac EscaladeHome Delivery
18
Price Drop, $91
Previous Price: $4545814 Jul 2022

2017 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A)

$45,367
Est. $615/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,566 Below market
RMV: $52,933
Clarksville, MD
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2017 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A)

$45,300
Est. $615/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,468 Below market
RMV: $52,768
Amityville, NY
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2018 Cadillac Escalade
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2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Standard

$41,552
Est. $564/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,643.5 Below market
RMV: $48,195.5
Weimar, TX
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2019 Cadillac Escalade
11
Price Rise, $472
Previous Price: $4788826 Jul 2022

2019 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

$48,360
Est. $656/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,698 Below market
RMV: $56,058
Inglewood, CA
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2018 Cadillac Escalade
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Price Drop, $4000
Previous Price: $4650005 Jun 2022

2018 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

$42,500
Est. $577/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,721 Below market
RMV: $49,221
Springdale, AR
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Colors and Styles

2018 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven color
Black Raven

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The external styling is unmistakably unique and is instantly recognizable. There is also a massive 6.2 L naturally aspirated V-8 engine under the hood which provides it enough power. There are very minimal changes otherwise for the 2018 model year. The already large SUV also comes with an extended wheelbase option which increases the interior space and cargo capacity by a lot. It competes against the best of the full-size luxury SUVs that include the Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator and GMC Yukon.

2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV front angle view
2018 Cadillac Escalade SUV rear angle view

Features
9.0/10

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade SUVs available in three trim levels and with two drivetrain options. The base trim itself has a decent feature list consisting of automatic parking assist, surround vision, power fold third row of seats, 20 inch wheels, rear camera, and so on. Changes for the 2015 model year are very minimal. The base trim is called Standard and is offered at $75,990. The higher trims are called Luxury and Premium Luxury and add significantly higher amount of features. There is a $3000 premium for obedience with four-wheel-drive configuration instead of the usual rear-wheel drive. The SUV remains supremely capable in all forms and there is also an extensive options list to personalize the car according to your will.

Trims

Standard

Luxury

Premium Luxury

MSRP(2WD)

$75,990

$81,590

$85,990

MSRP(4WD)

$78,990

$84,590

$88,990

Features

Automatic Parking Assist.

Includes all Escalade features, plus:

Includes all Escalade Luxury features, plus:

 

Surround Vision, Birdseye view of vehicle

 

 

 

Power fold-flat third-row seats.

22″ dual 7-spoke premium painted wheels with chrome inserts.

Driver Assist Package.

 

Second-row manual release fold-and-tumble seats.

Forward Collision Alert

 

 

Magnetic Ride Control with selectable Sports mode.

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

 

 

20″ dual 7-spoke chrome-plated aluminum wheels.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking

 

 

Rear Vision Camera.

IntelliBeam automatic high beam on/off headlamps

 

 

Front and Rear Park Assist.

 

 

We Recommend

There is a lot of choices offered in terms of trims alone because there are three trims on offer. Out of these, however, we would pick the luxury trim that goes for $81,590. It adds a large amount of features that are absolutely practical and useful. Also, if you are in the market for a luxury SUV, then you can justify the additional spending and get yourself a truly luxurious one. If we were to pick the optional packages, we would add the twin screen entertainment system, and other small accessories that are usually just dealer installed extras. The Luxury trim comes with 22 inch wheels so you wouldn’t have to worry about upgrading anything of that sort.There is also a slew of driver assistance systems in the car and hence there is nothing to worry about on the safety front as well.

Engine and Performance
7.9/10

The Cadillac Escalade has a very powerful engine in the form of a 6.2 L V8 powe rplant that delivers 420 hp at 5600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4100 rpm. There is also the option of a 3L in-line six diesel engine that produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, this is reviewed separately. The transmission offered is a 10 speed automatic that you can find on many products in GM's line-up. It can tow up to 8300 pounds and hence is sufficient for all purposes. The engine also features cylinder deactivation another smart systems that can deliver you good fuel efficiency. The power plant is creamy smooth and the automatic feels very good in this particular combo.

The car also gets magnetic ride control which makes for a massive improvement in terms of the overall ride quality. There is decent handling but nothing that can get you very excited about driving Escalade. Even with the massive 22 inch wheels, the ride quality is sublime. GM’s engineers have worked well to hide that it is actually a truck chassis that is underneath this car. There are options of an all-wheel drive powertrain but the base option remains rear wheel drive. Both configurations are extremely capable and can deliver you the performance you require. 0 to 60 mph happens in just 6.1 seconds and quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds.

Models

2018 Cadillac Escalade

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 GMC Yukon

MSRP

$75,990

$94,050

$72,055

$49,080

Engine

6.2L VVT V8 engine

3.0-liter V-6 engine

3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine

5.3-liter 8-cylinder

Drivetrain

RWD

4WD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

380 hp @ 6500 rpm

450 hp @ 5500 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

460 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

332 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

500 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.6 sec @ 95.2 mph

14.8 sec @ 92.8 mph

15.1 sec @ 90.1 mph

16.7 sec. 15 @ 91 mph

Top Speed

N/A

155 MPH

130 MPH

157 MPH

Towing Capacity (lbs)

8300

6968

8900

8500

The Lincoln Navigator has the best performance figures in the class and it costs a bit lesser than the Cadillac. But the 10 speed automatic transmission feels better in the Cadillac. The Cadillac remains close in terms of the towing capacity but is third if you’re talking numbers. When it comes to real-world performance, is the fastest in terms of acceleration despite not having the most powerful figures. However, in this category towing capacity is a much more accurate measure of performance than acceleration figures. The Land Rover Range Rover performs considerably lower in terms of towing but is competitive in terms of acceleration.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The Cadillac comes with cylinder deactivation technology which means it can deactivate half of its cylinders when you cruise so that it can save on fuel. This means that it is much more fuel-efficient than it ever used to be. Even then, it is not very fuel-efficient as it has a massive 6.2 L V8 under the hood. The rear wheel drive versions reported 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg combined. These figures are disturbed a bit more if you go for the all-wheel-drive variants. Hence, we would never say that the Cadillac Escalade is fuel-efficient option but if you want to live life full-size, you have to make some sacrifices.

Models

2018 Cadillac Escalade

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 GMC Yukon

Mpg (city)

14

17

16

16

Mpg (highway)

23

23

21

23

Mpg (combined)

17

19

18

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

26

27.3

23

26

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

364/598/442

464/628/519

368/483/414

416/598/494

In the area of fuel efficiency, we see that the American SUVs with much smaller engines do not have much of a lead either. The Lincoln navigator and the GMC Yukon perform equally badly and have combined fuel efficiency ratings of 18 and 19 MPG respectively. The Escalade still seems to be the worst, with a combined fuel efficiency of 17 mpg. The Land Rover Range Rover is slightly better in terms of city fuel efficiency as well as the combined figure. Even then, it does not have a huge advantage. All the cars have massive fuel tanks, the smallest one being a still huge 23 gallon tank in the Lincoln Navigator. The Range Rover has the highest range figures due to combination of good fuel efficiency figures as well as the biggest fuel tank in this class.

Interior
6.0/10

The Cadillac has always sold in people’s hearts with the interior quality. The ride is very plush in all the models as there equipped with magnetic ride control. There are three trim levels offered- Standard, Luxury, and Premium Luxury. You will find that across all trims, there is a good amount of features. Space is definitely abundant and you will find that all three rows are rather spacious. The front seats have 12 at just ability and the second row captain’s chairs are also comfortable as ever.

2017 cadillac Esclade cockpit area

The cabin is quite to than ever before because the car has active noise cancellation. The car comes with standard laminated acoustic class in the front windshield as well. There is ambient lighting, leather covering on the dashboard and door panels, aluminum speaker grilles and so on that make the user feel that the car is truly premium.

2017 cadillac Esclade front seats

One will find that even when compared with the products that shares the same platform, the Escalade’s interiors feel much better. It can seat seven people with ease and is definitely charming.

Models

2018 Cadillac Escalade

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 GMC Yukon

Passenger capacity

7

5

7

8

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

42.8/64.9/45.3

39.3/60.7/42.5

39.5/63.3/43

42.8/64.8/45.3

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

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.2/59.4/40.2

39.7/63.7/39.1

38.7/65.1/39.0

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

38.1/62.6/24.8

N/A

37.6/51.9/37.7

38.1/62.6/24.8

Volume (ft. cube) (Behind 3rd row)

15.2

——-

18.1

15.3

Volume (ft.cube) (3nd Row Folded)

51.6

27.7

54.4

51.7

Volume (ft.cube) (2nd & 3rd Row Folded)

94.2

62.2

103.3

94.7

All the SUVs are incredibly practical and offer space for seven passengers except the Range Rover which only offer seating for five passengers as standard. However, you can equip an additional third row. In terms of interior space, one can see that the Cadillac is much more generous when compared to its competitors. There is a huge amount of kit as well inside the car. The cargo space is truly massive among all the competitors but one will find that the American SUVs do have an edge over the Range Rover. With the second and third row folded, the Cadillac and swallow up a massive 94.2 ft.³ of luggage which can basically help you move a house.

  • 18-way power-adjustable front seats with massage function
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Power-folding second and third-row seats
  • Head-up display
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Heated first and second-row seats
  • Hands-free liftgate

How intuitive is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system in the Cadillac Escalade is one of the most modern systems we have around. It gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot as standard. The standard sound system itself is a 16 speaker system from Bose audio. There are other optional systems that can make your experience even more special. There is a 12 inch digital instrument cluster that delivers all the information, release navigation and other features as well. There is an abundance of USB ports, wireless charging stations and so on inside the car. One is truly treated to the best of experiences inside the Cadillac when it comes to infotainment.

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Five USB-ports
  • Wireless device charging
  • 16-speaker sound system
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Cadillac’s CUE interface
Exterior
7.9/10

The exterior styling of the Cadillac Escalade is very distinctive and truly highlights how big the cars. It is unmistakably neat and elegant. It is very much American in terms of the design language and carries with it a sense of massive road presence.

2017 cadillac Esclade front angle view

The shape is boxy but gorgeous to look at. It is also very heavy and could very easily be one of the largest cars on the road. At almost 6000 pounds, one will be amazed that it is still classified as a car and not a house. The dimensions are also equally huge and make most cars look incredibly small when part next to it.

Models

2018 Cadillac Escalade

2018 Land Rover Range Rover

2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 GMC Yukon

Curb weight(lbs)

5572

4727

5760

5466

Length(in)

203.9

196.8

207.4

203.9

Width(in) (w/o mirror)

78.1

78.8

80.5

80.5

Height(in)

74.4

72.3

78.1

74.4

Ground clearance(in)

8.0

8.7

8.4

8.0

Wheelbase(in)

116.0

115

119

116.0

One cannot forget to mention that these cars are all pretty huge and could be some of the biggest cars on the road. At more than 200 inches in length, some of these cars are extremely long and people will find a very hard to maneuver around town. The Cadillac is surprisingly not the largest in terms of dimensions and that l goes to the Lincoln Navigator which is also the heaviest of this bunch at 5760 pounds. The Range Rover is considered a very large car in most circles but only in this comparison will it ever feel small.

  • Chrome laden taillights
  • Chrome laden grills
  • LED headlights
  • Black molded splash guard
  • Polished aluminum wheels
  • Sunroof 
Safety
6.0/10

The NHTSA has given the Cadillac Escalade an overall rating of four out of five stars while the IIHS has not crash tested the Cadillac Escalade or any of the siblings that it’s corporate cousins offer. Hence, we can definitely say that the car is safe but the driver assistance systems can have some improvement. However, it has several driver assistance features as standard which is definitely one of its highlights. The safety features include but are not restricted to:-

  • 7 standard airbags
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Under-body mounted spare tire w/crackdown
  • Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Braking
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Panic alarm
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Remote keyless entry
Competition
9.0/10

2018 Cadillac Escalade vs 2018 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is slightly less expensive option but does not feel quite as premium as the Cadillac Escalade. However, it is a larger and heavier car and also gives you that same amount of space when it comes to the interiors. There are very compelling reasons to pick one over the other. One of the only areas where the Lincoln Navigator suffers is in terms of fuel efficiency. Both are very compelling picks and usually, people decide between the two in terms of brand loyalty.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

 

2018 Cadillac Escalade vs 2018 GMC Yukon 

The GMC Yukon is a corporate siblings to the Cadillac Escalade as it says the same platform. However, the Cadillac has several advantages in terms of practicality that the Yukon simply does not have. However, the Yukon is slightly less expensive and is a little more rugged if you have off-road use. It has compromised in terms of build quality as well as material quality and is also deprived of the iconic status of the Cadillac Escalade. Both are very compelling picks and depends on your budget. 

 2018 Cadillac Escalade vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

The Land Rover Range Rover is a very different vehicle when you compare it with the Cadillac Escalade. To start with, it is much smaller and is considered a midsize luxury SUV and not a full-size one. Arguably, it is the more fun car but it sacrifices practicality even more than the Cadillac. However, it feels much better to drive and is also more engaging if you are behind the wheel more often. It comes down to taste whether you go with the Cadillac or the Land Rover.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is stupidly expensive but is one of the most extreme SUVs to ever grace the roads. It is definitely too large for most people and maintenance costs are on the higher side but has a definite charm for a lot of people. The SUV is extremely competitive and loaded with features that owners would love to have. However, its platform has been around for a while and has definitely started showing signs of age. Although the manufacturer uses a lot of technology inside to mask the age of the platform, it is still very much evident. Don’t get us wrong, the Cadillac Escalade is still a great car and we would definitely recommend that you buy one. It just won’t be very much fun in terms of handling or engaging in terms of the overall driving experience.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$77695

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

376 cu in

horse power

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

204 in

wheelbase

116 in

width

81 in

curb weight

5856 lbs

Height

74 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

172 cu ft

cargo volume

94.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

14/17/21 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Cadillac Escalade 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$86,286
5 Year Cost To Own
$98,092
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $98,092
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$18,322$5,908$4,781$5,408$4,689$39,108
Insurance$1,658$1,650$1,789$1,857$1,904$8,858
Fuel$3,013$3,200$3,203$3,349$3,438$16,203
Maintenance$744$1,069$1,105$2,790$1,615$7,323
Repairs$-34$-16$10$837$1,233$2,030
Financing Interest$5,369$4,376$3,256$2,002$745$15,748
Taxes and Fees$7,162$492$396$371$401$8,822
Total Cost-To-Own$36,234$16,679$14,540$16,614$14,025$98,092
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