2023 Cadillac Escalade

Starting MSRP 

$78,295 - $104,595

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Key Spec of 2023 Cadillac Escalade
fuel economy

14/17/20

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

4yr./ 50,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Uber luxurious cabin

Insanely high base prices for high-end trims

Performance-oriented V trim now tops the line-up

Elaborate levels of tech and creature comfort features

Thirsty V8 engine options

Shuffle in the standard equipment list

Roomy cabin and trunk

Cumbersome maneuverability

Hot range-topping V trim

2023 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: November 25, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2023 Cadillac Escalade continues to be a signature statement of American luxury. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade price starts at $79,795 and remains a flagship model for Cadillac without any significant changes. An additional $1,795 is levied over the base price. The Escalade 2023 interior features a 38-inch curved OLED digital display and boasts loads of space. The actual Escalade 2023 images don’t do justice with the superior luxury inside. With the introduction of the high-performance 2023 Escalade-V, Cadillac has taken the performance game to a whole new level. 

Featuring a 6-trim lineup of Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, Sport Platinum and V, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade MSRP can be an expense of $81,590-$151,490 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2023 Escalade-V will cost you $69,900 more than the base 2023 Cadillac Escalade Luxury trim for enhanced specs and assets.

Model

Invoice Price

MSRP

Luxury

$77,675 $81,590

Premium Luxury

$86,035

$90,390

Sport $88,885 $93,390
Premium Luxury Platinum

$102,660

$107,890
Sport Platinum  $102,660 $107,890
V $144,080 $151,490

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2023 Cadillac Escalade For Sale 

Speaking of investments, the Cadillac Escalade 2023 gets to you with a base lease deal starting at $1,018/month for 48 months considering an annual drive of 10,000 miles with $9,999 due at signing the lease agreement. Cadillac also offers attractive financing options for well-qualified buyers, with monthly payments ranging in between $895-$3,038 for a term of 24-84 months. 


For budget-oriented buyers, the used 2022 Cadillac Escalade can be availed of with a base price of $86,999. Going for older model years like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade could be a matter of $80,000 and 2020 Cadillac Escalade can cost as much as $41,991 along with a listing of up to 5,475 in total. 

Model Year

Starting Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2022 Cadillac Escalade (Check Now!) $86,999 383
2021 Cadillac Escalade $80,000 628
2020 Cadillac Escalade $41,991 452
2019 Cadillac Escalade $35,000 728
2018 Cadillac Escalade $35,991 568
2017 Cadillac Escalade $31,995 670
2016 Cadillac Escalade $27,795 666
2015 Cadillac Escalade $19,888 612
2014 Cadillac Escalade $13,695 178
2013 Cadillac Escalade $3,595 230
2012 Cadillac Escalade $11,995 145
2011 Cadillac Escalade $8,995 215

We Recommend

Going by the list of features and assets, the 2023 Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum makes the most sense to us. At an msrp of $107,890, it has all the creature comforts, technology and safety features that one could ask for. 


Cadillac offers a 6.2-liter engine with 420 horsepower as standard, while an optional 3.0-liter diesel engine with 277 hp is available with all the trim levels except the top-tier Escalade-V model. The all-new 2023 Escalade-V is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine producing a mighty 682 hp. The Cadillac Escalade-V 2023 can sprint 0-60 in a matter of 4.4 seconds and the same engine is used in CT5-V Blackwing sedan. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade towing capacity reaches as high as 8,200 pounds, while a maximum cargo capacity of 109.1 cubic feet is decent. Cadillac’s flagship vehicle offers better performance than the Jeep Wagoneer, better cargo space than the Lincoln Navigator, and better rear seat legroom than the Mercedes Benz GLS 450.




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Trims

Luxury$78,295 onwards
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Premium Luxury$87,095 onwards
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Sport$90,095 onwards
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Premium Luxury Platinum$104,595 onwards
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2022 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

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

Dealer Price
$82,430
Est. $1,119/mo
Excellent deal
$11,020 Below market
RMV: $93,450
Owosso, MI
MSRP $90,865
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9

2022 Cadillac Escalade Sport

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

Dealer Price
$92,369
Est. $1,254/mo
Excellent deal
$10,891 Below market
RMV: $103,260
Owosso, MI
MSRP $102,230
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2023 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Sport Platinum 4WD

Dealer Price
$107,100
Est. $1,454/mo
Excellent deal
$12,190 Below market
RMV: $119,290
Nanuet, NY
MSRP $107,100
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2023 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Sport Platinum 4WD

Dealer Price
$107,534
Est. $1,459/mo
Good deal
$11,756 Below market
RMV: $119,290
Mahwah, NJ
MSRP $111,465
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5

2023 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Sport 4WD

Dealer Price
$97,485
Est. $1,323/mo
Good deal
$10,650 Below market
RMV: $108,135
Mahwah, NJ
MSRP $101,215
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2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

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

Dealer Price
$74,488
Est. $1,011/mo
Good deal
$7,952 Below market
RMV: $82,440
Owosso, MI
MSRP $82,065
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4

2022 Cadillac Escalade Sport

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

Dealer Price
$93,573
Est. $1,270/mo
Good deal
$9,687 Below market
RMV: $103,260
Mahwah, NJ
MSRP $127,075
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2023 Cadillac Escalade SUV

Sport Platinum 4WD

Dealer Price
$108,088
Est. $1,467/mo
Good deal
$11,202 Below market
RMV: $119,290
Mahwah, NJ
MSRP $132,065
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2022 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

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

Dealer Price
$75,000
Est. $1,018/mo
Good deal
$7,440 Below market
RMV: $82,440
Owosso, MI
MSRP $82,575
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Colors and Styles

Build Car
Agate Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade, now starts at a base price of just over $80,000. For that, you get a decent 6.2L V8 that is good for around 420hp and a slick 10-speed automatic transmission. All-wheels-drive is available for configuration at additional cost from the base and all trims except the Escalade V get an optional Duramax diesel engine. The range-topper Escalade V on the other, hand gets its own model-specific supercharged V8 picked up from the lovely CT5-V sedan. The main rivals for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade would be the Jeep Wagoneer, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Mercedes Benz GLS 450.


Features

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade, with a base asking price of $80,090, would be now available in 6 standard trims including the new Escalade V. All trims will share a standard 6.2l 8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission with the drive sent to either the rear wheel or all four wheels depending on the trim and configuration chosen for. The sporty V model will get a similar displacement gasoline V8 motor with a supercharger bolted on and will only be offered in a standard all-wheel-drive configuration. It also gets sporty dark exterior bits, better Brembo brakes with red calipers, tuned suspension, and a Catback exhaust system. However, all trims except the Escalade V also get access to the Torquey and fuel-efficient 3.0L Duramax diesel engine.

Talking about features, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is packed with tech. To start with, you get a crazy large 14.2-inch cluster display, a 7.2-inch control panel, and a 16.9-inch infotainment screen as standard fitment across the board. If that isn’t enough screens for you, Cadillac will also offer you a rear-entertainment kit that pushes the number of screens on this SUV to a whopping 5. Every basic amenity including a tri-zone climate control system, high-grade seat upholstery, premium audio system, power seat function with heating, and every other feature you could think off gets offered as standard fitment. The exterior features like full LED lighting, power heated mirrors, panoramic moonroof, and 22-inch wheels (design may vary with trim) also come in as a part of the base package. Cadillac has also made sure that most high-end features are available as options on even the base trim so that customers can opt for them if required at additional cost from base pricing, which we think is a nice touch and also prevents the need for upgrading to a higher trim just for a single required feature.

Trims

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Sport

Premium Luxury Platinum

Sport Platinum

V

MSRP (FWD)

$81,590

$90,390

$93,390

$107,890

$107,890

$151,490

Key Features

14.2-inch diagonal instrument cluster display and 7.2-inch control panel

In addition to the Luxury trim

In addition to Premium Luxury trim

In addition to Sport trim

In addition to Premium Luxury Platinum trim

In addition to Sport platinum trim

 

16.9-inch infotainment screen

Heated and ventilated front seats

Magnetic ride control

AKG 36 speaker premium audio system

Adaptive air ride suspension

6.2L supercharged V8 engine

 

19-speaker AKG audio system

Adaptive cruise control

Integrated trailer brake

Bluetooth headphones by AKG

Night vision

Catback performance exhaust system

 

Automatic seatbelt tightening

Rear entertainment system

Automatic parking system

Puddle lamp with Cadillac crest

Power-retractable assists steps with LED perimeter lighting

 

Wrapped heated steering wheel with memory function

Enhanced Auto emergency braking

Front passenger seat 4-way lumbar support

12-way power front seats

Sport mesh grille with Galvano surround

6-piston Brembo brakes with red calipers

 

Power panoramic sunroof

Front passenger seat lumbar power massage

Available jet black leather upholstery and Platinum interior trim

22-inch 12-spoke polished Dark Android finished wheels

Sports tuned air-suspension

 

Intelux upholstery

Leather upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power driver and passenger lumbar massage

Power front seats with 2-way lumbar, driver side memory, and heating functions

Blacked out exterior design package

 

Full LED exterior lighting

Adaptive headlamps

Trailer blind zone alert

Soft close doors

Tri-zone climate control  
 

IntelliBeam Automatic headlamps

22-inch 14-spoke polished wheels

22-inch 12-spoke polished Dark Android finished wheels

Heads-up display

   
 

22-inch 14-spoke bright silver wheels

   

22-inch 10-spoke polished Dark Android finished wheels

   

Since most of the basic equipment has been shuffled across the range rather lavishly, you are limited on packages with the 2023 Cadillac Escalade. The only basic options you get here are an all-weather protection package that retails for $350-$400, a floor liner package for $525, a cargo convenience package for $855, and an illumination package for $1,095. Given that most equipment can be equipped on order with any trim, we are not surprised here by Cadillac skimping out on packages.

We Recommend

Even though the base trim would suffice the needs of an average buyer, the trim which we think is the best buy of the lot is the Premium Luxury Platinum grade. Although it pushes the base pricing to over $100,000 you get features like 12-way front seats with 4-way lumbar and lumbar massage functions, soft close doors, adaptive cruise control, and a 36-speaker AKG premium audio system with Bluetooth headphones, self-parking features (a must need) and a heads-up display. Since you are already spending way too much money on an SUV, the above-mentioned trim makes the most sense for the money you pay.

Release Date

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade is already up for order. Expect deliveries to begin mid-fall this year.

Engine and Performance

Though not lightning fast by today’s big SUV standards, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade still packs in a lot of punch thanks to that big-block V8. Being naturally aspirated, you only have around 420hp and 460lb-ft. of torque to play with, but when the tires hook up right, it propels past 60mph in a super impressive 5.9 seconds. The performance numbers are a bit modest here, but when your truck weighs as the moon, you can’t be expecting too much unless you have equipped for the crazy supercharged Escalade V that pushes out over 680hp. It is not the sense of speed that shocks us, but rather the sheer effect of the wholesome drama that the 5,600-pound SUV goes through when pushed hard.

The 10-speed automatic does its job rather well and keeps the motor in the power band no matter the speed. Even though you might encounter occasional hiccups in kick downs, the ample amounts of torque available helps it glide along even in a higher gear. This SUV is an exceptional highway cruiser and a solid one at that. The base engine might be of mediocre output for such a heavy SUV, but there never was a moment where we thought that it needed more power. Asking it for repeated standing pulls can inversely affect the drivetrain, but at everything else, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is a beast in itself.

Model

2023 Cadillac Escalade

2023 Jeep Wagoneer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450

MSRP

$81,590

$62,995

$80,330

$78,900

Engine

6.2L V8

5.7L V8 Gas/Electric

3.5L twin-turbo V6

3.0L turbocharged inline-6 with EQ-Boost

Drivetrain

RWD/AWD

RWD/AWD

RWD/AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power (hp)

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

392 hp @ 5600 rpm

440 hp @ 5500 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

404 lb.-ft. @ 3950 rpm

510 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.9 seconds

7.6 seconds

5.8 seconds

6.0 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.5 seconds

15.9 seconds

14.4 seconds

14.3 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

110 MPH

118 MPH

115 MPH

130 MPH

The Lincoln Navigator, being one of the lighter SUVs here with the most amount of horsepower to play with, ekes a win over the 2023 Cadillac Escalade both in the 0-60mph and quarter mile run. The Mercedes GLS 450, though comes out as the least powerful SUV here manages to come close to the best in 0-60mpg acceleration runs thanks to its lower curb weight. The Jeep Wagoneer on the other hand, with around 6,000 pounds to carry around, comes in as the slowest SUV in the bunch posting a 7.6-second run to 60mph and taking close to 16 seconds to cross the quarter-mile marker.

2023 Cadillac Escalade Ride and Handling 

Given that these fifth-generation Escalade SUVs run on independent rear suspension with a multi-link setup rather than the old pick-up style solid live axles alone make this SUV a rather impressive handler by big SUV standards. The air suspension with magnetic dampers does their part in providing impressive levels of stability to a 6000-pound ladder on frame chassis SUV, but they find it had to counter the deficit of tire profile shod on those 22-inch wheels. A case on point here is the ride quality which feels a bit undermining for an SUV that depicts the ultimatum of luxury. Gradual and controlled ride over undulations is as poised as you would expect it to be but quick small bumps can, at times send sharp thuds into the cabin. However, the exact setup does help it come out as some of the best handling SUVs in its class with impressive body roll control in corners at decent speeds. The electric power-assisted steering, as expected, is not the most feel some unit but points the nose where you want it to and does offer a slightly sporty feel. The Escalade V hits the full-blown sporty side with the sifter suspension and reworked geometry, but does the insane price hike justify what it has to offer in dynamics over the standard variant, we don’t think so.

2023 Cadillac Escalade Braking Performance 

The Cadillac Escalade has always been an SUV that has been complained to have pathetic braking performance through all its generations, with the previous iterations recording stopping distances of over 200 feet when the brakes are jammed at 70mph. However, with the latest generation, Cadillac has incrementally cut short this distance by as much as 33 feet, posting around 167 feet in the best of conditions at the same speeds. Bring the speed even lower to 60mph and this SUV stops anywhere between 122 feet to 130 feet which is really impressive. There is a noticeable amount of nose dive to deal with, however, the SUV did stick to its line even with the wheels screeching out loud for traction.

Model

2023 Cadillac Escalade

2023 Jeep Wagoneer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450

Brake Rotors (front) (in.)

NA

14.8

13.8

14.8

Brake Rotors (front) (in.)

NA

14.8

13.2

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

5635 lbs

5960 lbs

5633 lbs

5412 lbs

60-0 (ft)

122 feet

134 feet

132 feet

115 feet

Boasting one of the biggest hardware and lowest curb weights, the Mercedes Benz GLS 450 manages to stop the best, posting a convincing 115-feet stop from 60mpg. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade does the second best, taking slightly over 120 feet to accomplish the same. The Lincoln Navigator, though weighs identical to the Cadillac Escalade, takes an extra 10 feet to come to a halt, recording its best stopping distance at 132 feet. The Jeep Wagoneer, sporting the single biggest hardware in this comparison does take an elaborate 134 feet to come to a halt from 60mph given its high base curb weight that easily pushes over the 6,000-pound mark with the driver.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is one place the 2023 Cadillac Escalade takes a hard hit with its dated 6.2L V8 motor. With an EPA-rated combined efficiency of just 16mpg and a highway economy rating of just 19mpg, the new Escalade is definitely a thirsty SUV and a really bad one at that. Even though the SUV gets around 10 ratios to play with, the displayed real-world economy numbers always stay under 15 mpg. The 24-gallon gas tank, while not the biggest, is decent in size. However, the dismal economy numbers limit the range to under 400 miles in combined driving cycles and 450 miles in highway driving cycles, which is on the lower side.

Model

2023 Cadillac Escalade

2023 Jeep Wagoneer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450

MPG (city)

14

16

17

18

MPG (highway)

19

22

23

24

MPG (combined)

16

18

19

20

Fuel capacity (gallons)

24

26.5

23.6

23.8

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

336/456/384

424/583/477

401.2/542.8/448.4

428.4/571.2/476

The Mercedes Benz GLS 450 with its small-displacing EQ-Boost engine manages to come out as the most efficient unit here returning almost 24 miles to the gallon in the best conditions. Even though it has one of the smaller fuel tanks here, the Merc does manage to come out as one with the best fuel range, almost identical to the Jeep Wagoneer with its class biggest 26.5-gallon tank. The Navigator comes a close second in individual economy figures but falls back in the range tame owing to its smaller 23.6-gallon tank. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade gets pushed to the back of the class given its dated engine design offering no modern hybrid assistance tech to boost efficiency.

Interior

If there is one aspect that blows everyone’s minds when seeing the 2023 Cadillac Escalade, then it has got to be its interiors. It’s packed with tech and oozes luxury. Though the fit, finish, and longevity of some of the stuff in here is questionable, the initial appeal that you get when getting in for the first time is just out of this world. You even get fricking headphones that connect to the infotainment in the higher trims and that's enough saying of what you get inside this fullsize monster SUV. Name a feature and the 2023 Cadillac Escalade probably has got it in as standard fitment. The 3-huge displays housed behind the steering wheel that comes in standard fitment are what grab the most attention. Even though it has been called out for its bugs in the past, Cadillac now seems to have sorted out most things wrong with the software which will be discussed in detail in this review.

Coming to the seats, the space is in abundance here, be it any row. Spec it right and you get 16-way of power adjustment, ventilation, heating, and massage function. Even the second-row outboard seats get heating as standard. However, we are a bit disappointed that you don’t get standard front seat ventilation at this price, and also, genuine leather seats come in from higher trim with the base trims having to do with proprietary leatherette material. The second-row seats also have a lot of room on offer, gets separate climate control, and can be equipped with a rear seat entertainment package with two separate front-seat headrest back screens. Being huge, the third row on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is highly usable with lots of shoulder room and decent legroom on offer. However, the manual tumble down of the second-row captain chairs feel a bit cheap on an otherwise well-specced SUV, we must say. Also, the cargo shrinks to just 25.5cu-ft. with the third rows in use from an otherwise humongous 73-cu-ft void at the back of the second-row seats.

Model

2023 Cadillac Escalade

2023 Jeep Wagoneer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450

Passenger Capacity

7

8

7

7

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

42.3/65.5/44.5

41.3/66.1/40.9

41.8/65.2/43.9

39.4/59.3/40.3

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.9/64.4/41.7

40/65.2/42.7

40/65.1/42.3

40.2/58.5/41.9

Third Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.2/62.7/34.9

39/64.4/36.6

37.3/64.2/40.9

38.9/50.3/34.6

Cargo Capacity to the third/second row(cu.-ft)

25.5/72.9

27.4/70.8

20.9/57.5

17/42.7

The Mercedes Benz GLS 450, being the smallest SUV, has the least interior and cargo space on offer despite boasting the longest wheelbase. The Jeep Wagoneer is the biggest SUV here with the second longest wheelbase, but apart from the shoulder room, and cargo area behind third-row seats, it does not showcase a thoughtful use of cabin space. The navigator has the most lavish cabin but lacks a seat back storage area. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade on the other hand, with a slight compromise on legroom, offers a ton of trunk space and also has the best compromise of space between passenger and cargo compartments.

Some standout interior features of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade include:

  • 3-front row high-resolution screens (2-screen rear seat entertainment available)
  • Leather seat surfaces (available)
  • 12-way power-operated front seats with heating/ ventilation
  • Front seats lumbar massage and driver seat memory functions (available)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with electronic adjustment
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • One-touch panoramic sunroof (available)
  • Electronic parking brake

How intuitive is the 2023 Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment system?

Three crisp screens form a nice arch in the driver’s eyesight and form the basic information center for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade. While the unit at the right forms the infotainment system, the central unit operates like a multifunction instrument cluster while the smallest unit, placed far left neatly integrates the trip computer, instrument cluster functions, and heads-up-display setting. The screen themselves are of high resolution and feels really slick going through the animations. The instrument cluster can display a full-screen map on it, gets augmented reality navigation, and also car project live feed from the night vision camera (if equipped). The infotainment screen is intuitive and gets a lot of connectivity options and gets a wide suit of vehicle diagnostic/ service information. Though the system was a bit too buggy with the initial model years, Cadillac has done a great job in negating all the glitches to a point that we rarely saw a hiccup from any of the units in our general use. The available 36-speaker AKG premium audio system does need a special mention here and it simply is one of the best sound systems we have ever come across in this business.

Standout infotainment features available with the 2023 Cadillac Escalade:

  • 16.9-inch infotainment system
  • 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster and 7.4-inch control panel
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity
  • 19-Speaker AKG premium audio system (36-speaker unit available)
  • Bluetooth/ SiriusXM/ 4G LTE/ WiFi Hot Spot
  • Navigation (available)
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 3D surround camera
Exterior

Though Cadillac Escalade SUVs never have generally oozed outright sex appeal visually, it always has been striking to look at no matter what generation you take. This trend continues with the latest generation with this particular design finding it a bit hard to mask the overall visual bulk a bit worse than the iteration it replaces. However, there is no mistaking the Escalade for something else and it commands a real presence. Even though the individual body elements do looks a bit odd close, all things do come together for a rather bold-looking full-sizer. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade rides on 22-inch wheels as standard which comes in different designs and shades depending on the trim that you go for. Basic features like full LED exterior lighting, IntelliBeam automatic headlamps, heated power-adjustable mirrors with memory function, hands-free tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, illuminating door handles, chrome roof rails and deep tinted glass come in as standard. Meanwhile, amenities like a panoramic sunroof, power-retractable steps, and adaptive headlamps only start appearing in the spec sheet as you go up the trim line

Model

2023 Cadillac Escalade

2023 Jeep Wagoneer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450

Curb Weight (lbs)

5635

~5960

5633

5412

Length (in.)

211.9

214.7

210

205

Width (in.)

81.1

83.6

79.9

77

Height (in.)

76.7

75.6

76.4

71.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

8.3

9.7

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

120.9

123

122.5

123.4

The Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is the lightest car here and also offers the longest wheels base. The Jeep Wagoneer comes close in wheelbase but has noticeably bigger proportions contributing to its extremely high curb weight. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator are almost similar in shell size and weight, but the latter does offer a slightly longer wheelbase helping it squeeze out better legroom in each row.

Some of the standout exterior features on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade include;

  • Full LED headlamps/ tail lamps with signature DRLs
  • IntelliBeam automatic headlamps
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside rear-view mirrors 
  • Driver mirror memory and auto-dimming functions
  • 22–inch alloy wheels (color and design vary)
  • One-touch panoramic moon roof.
  • Keyless entry
  • Hands-free tailgate
Safety

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade, being a full-size SUV running on a ladder frame, does compromise a bit on crash safety ratings. Even though IIHS is yet to conduct any tests, the NHTSA has awarded it 4-stars, which is just average considering the safety standards set by vehicles built in recent times. Also, Cadillac has missed the opportunity to equip the vehicle with all advanced safety features as it misses out on features like Blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking from the standard packaging. In all, despite what the huge size suggests, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is low on safety in comparison to even some of the entry-level compacts that come at a fraction of the price owing to its dated chassis and compromised advanced safety package.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2023 Cadillac Escalade include;

  • Auto Emergency braking w/ pedestrian detection
  • Automatic parking assist (Available)
  • Lane Keeping assist with lane departure warning
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Blind-spot detection/ Cross traffic alert (Available)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Available)
  • HD Surround vision camera
  • Rear pedestrian braking
Competition

2023 Cadillac Escalade vs 2023 Jeep Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer is one of the newest entrants in the segment and is also one of the biggest. It straight away gets an advantage over the Cadillac Escalade for starting at a base price that is close to 20 grand cheaper than what a similar trim from the latter demands. However, being more prominent and cheaper does not translate entirely to a better state as the Jeep apart from, better fuel economy and trunk space, finds it hard to match the Escalade be it in actual cabin space, tech, ride comfort, performance, or maximum cargo capacity. The incredible heft of the Jeep also makes it a more cumbersome vehicle to drive around on a daily basis. Also, the insane number of technical complaints the Wagoneer has generated from owners within a short while after launch also makes it a hard recommendation.

2023 Cadillac Escalade vs 2023 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator might be the closest rival to the Cadillac Escalade in most parameters including size, weight, technology, and price. Even though their performance metrics come identical, the Escalade slightly takes an edge here for being the better handling SUV. While the Navigator boasts a roomy cabin, the Escalade offers a significantly bigger trunk with not that big of a compromise in occupant space. The luxury levels are on point on both offerings and the feature distribution and availability are a give or take between them. So if you ask us, it is slightly difficult to pick a winner here. The choice should boil down to brand preferences and the kind of usage scenarios that you are looking for.

2023 Cadillac Escalade vs 2022 Mercedes GLS 450

The Mercedes GLS 450 might be the odd one out of the lot as it gets dwarfed by what America thinks fullsize SUVs should measure like. As to that, despite boasting the best wheelbase in this segment, it fails to match the giant, which is the Escalade in sheer size and volume. But the smaller size has helped the Merc handle better, put down better performance, and emerged as the more efficient SUV here. Also, Cadillac might just find it a bit hard to match the sheer opulence of the GLS 450 as most SUVs in the segment do. There is not a lot of difference in the base pricing here and you are getting a whole lot more car on the Escalade at a slightly higher premium, however, the pure class the GLS 450 exudes again, is something only a Mercedes can pull off.

Final Verdict

The Cadillac Escalade, in its fifth generation since launch has transitioned to the most refined iteration yet. The latest generation Escalade was titled to be one of the best fullsize luxury SUVs to come out in recent times and that statement even stays true to this day. Apart from the extravagant pricing, minor safety issues, and low fuel economy numbers, there is pretty much nothing inversely affecting the appeal of this SUV. Managing the best compromise of performance, supreme luxury, cabin space, and practicality, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade would be one of the best mega SUVs to put your money into, period. This SUV might just have single-handedly lifted Cadillac from the drains and finally, they have a luxury product that it was always destined to be.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$104595

body style

dr SUV

engine type
displacement

375 cu in

horse power

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm


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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FAQs

What's new wit the 2023 Cadillac Escalade?

The main attraction has to be the 2023 Escalade-V model with typical V badge performance and styling.

What's the price of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade price starts at an msrp of $79,295 and goes up to $105,595. The 2023 Escalade-V is priced at $149,195.

When will the 2023 Escalade be released?

The 2023 Escalade is released and available to build on the official website.

What are the alternatives to the 2023 Cadillac Escalade?

The Lincoln Navigator is the closest alternative of the Cadillac Escalade.

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