2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV

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2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Escalade is the SUV line-up from the Cadillac. And the ESV is a super-sized, Extended Wheelbase SUV from the Escalade line-up. You might think “How big can a car get? SUVs are big.” You might have not heard of the ESV if you came up with that kind of statement. Honestly I think the Cadillac should have classified the Escalade ESV as a luxury truck, because it is.

The 2017 Escalade ESV is big and it is big enough to pack all the features you need. Even though it has the three rows to fit everyone comfortably, it still can pack enough luggage in the boot space. So who might need this super-sized SUV? Let's find out.


This giant vehicle comes in rear wheel drive and four wheel drive configurations. With the massive V8 engine hulking to make 428 horses, this super-sized SUV reach the 60 mph mark in 6 seconds. The platinum trim of the Escalade ESV is the top of the line trim. the ESV comes with way more connection ports than your regular computer. Three rows with more than enough storage, this might be the only car you want to have for your family.

The Escalade ESV comes with the big chrome grill big head lamps and rear lights which are hard to miss. Rolling down the streets in this XXL vehicle makes your all the Range Rovers look timid.

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Pros

Luxurious interior

Intuitive Infotainment System

Comfortable space for everyone

Retractable Running Boards

Lights in the Door Handles for easy access in dark environments

Cons

Hefty price

Still has the column shifter

No Panoramic Sun Roof

Maneuverablity is a challenge

What's New?

Four old metallic colours have been replaced by two new shades, Dark Adriatic Ble and Bronze Dune

Power-Retractable Assist Steps now standard in Platinum Trim

22-inch 12-Spoke Polished and Flared aluminium alloy wheels now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$76395

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

113 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

130 in.

length

224.3 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

5731 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

202 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1547 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

191 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

highway range

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

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Ratings

Features

9.1

Engine

6.1

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Comfort

6.7

Driving

7.3

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Base

Base

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

$76,395 - $79,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $76,395 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7
4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $79,395 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7

 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Luxury

Luxury

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

$81,395 - $84,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $81,395 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $84,395 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7

 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

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

$85,895 - $88,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $85,895 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $88,895 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7

 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Platinum

Platinum

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

$95,195 - $98,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $95,195 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $98,195 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.1

Overall Rating


Cadillac launched the Escalade ESV 20 years back, which was essentially a luxury upgrade over the Chevy Tahoe with some leather and wood inside. It looked bad, but somehow it was loved by the consumers and now in 2017 we have the 4th generation of the ESV. The new Escalade ESV starts from 75 grand and goes well above 100 grand. But you do get a lot of features for your $100,000.

For starters, you get a mammoth V8 engine which churns out over 400 horsepower. With a total 130ft² of the area in this car, it can be easily mistaken as a moving luxury hotel.


9.1/10
Features

 

6.1/10
Engine

 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Features

9.1/10

Cadillac Escalade ESV is definitely the more expensive than the competition. But there is no denying that the car packs way more features than its competition too.

The Escalade ESV is the biggest of all and the powerful of all. Had the largest cargo volume, seats are really comfortable, car in extremely fun to drive and can tow a great amount of load. Isn't that some you always dreamt of a SUV to be? This car is a perfect SUV for you if you have a 100 grand and are ok with the old column shifter.

Trim

Standard

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Platinum

MSRP

$76,590

$81,295

$86,095

$95,390

 Key Features Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension Power sunroof Illuminating Door Rear Seat Entertainment (in front seat head restraints)
  Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-speaker audio system Rear Camera Mirror Handles 18-way adjustable seats with Massage 
  Heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats IntelliBeam headlamps Rear Seat Entertainment (fold down 9-inch diagonal screen)  Leather-wrapped instrument panel, console and upper door trim
  Surround Vision Head-Up Display Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension Sueded microfiber headliner and door pillar trim
    Driver Awareness Package Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-speaker audio system Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension
    Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension   Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-speaker audio system
   

Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-speaker audio system

   

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Engine

6.1/10

Cadillac Escalade ESV is the most expensive of all with a more powerful engine among its competition. You might think that for what the Escalade ESV weighs, its power to weight ratio might be lesser than its competition. Despite its big size and almost three tonnes of weight, it still manages to be the quickest than its competition.

Models

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

MSRP

$76,590

$63,485

$68,695

$90,075

Engine

6.2L L8

5.6L l8

3.0L l6

5.7L l8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

420 hp

400 hp @ 5800 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

383 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

460 lb-ft

413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

403 lb-ft @ 3600

It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The old column shifter, which has been taken straight away from the Chevy Tahoe, is definitely not one of the convenient one out there. The gear shifter used in this car is hard to get used to. Which is sad to see as compared to the hefty price of this car. With an almost 6 digit window sticker price, they could have done some improvement in its unusual gear lever.

Acceleration

The Cadillac pulls to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds while configured with the 6.2L V8 engine and for a vehicle of this size, these figures are seriously impressive. For the quarter mile it takes 14.2 seconds only, leaving its rivals in the dust once again.

Models

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

0-60 MPH

5.7

6.2

6.1

7.0

Quarter mile

14.2

14.8

14.6

15.3

Engine

6.2 L

5.6 L

3.0 L

5.7 L

Emission

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

10.4

11.1

9.3

11.8

The acceleration and power delivery from the 6.2L V8 may be exhilirating but it sacrifices the efficiency and everyday drivability of the Escalade which is already a tough vehicle to live with because of the massive dimensions.

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Fuel Economy

7.3/10

With the 6.2L engine you don't get the best fuel economy. Giving you the 15 miles per gallon in the city roads and 22 on the highway. But it is still a manageable fuel economy at 19 mpg when combined.

Model

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

MPG (city)

15

14

19

13

MPG (highway)

22

20

22

18

MPG (combined)

17

16

19

15

You go have an economic feature in this car where it automatically turn off the 4 cylinders when not required to save you the fuel.

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Interior

6.0/10

Seating and Comfort

With big cars, comes great seating comfort, not Spiderman. Escalade ESV got three rows of seating with a space of total of 7 passengers. Front and second rows have two seats, both are heated seats. While the third row holds 3 passengers in its regular seats.

Model

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

8

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

42.8/64.9/45.3

39.9/63.8/39.6

41.2/58.5/40.3

38.3/61.0/42.9

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

39.1/64.4/39.7

40.0/63.5/41.0

40.0/58.3/38.5

38.9/61.4/34.4

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/62.6/34.5

36.8/60.5/28.8

38.9/50.5/35.0

35.8/62.3/28.3

Seats are comfortable and can be adjust automatically. The middle seat of the third row is perfect for a 6 and a half foot human, as he won't be facing any leg room issue sitting on that seat.

Interior Feature

The Escalade ESV has got a long list of features when you get inside the car. General Motors has not cut any corners on the Platinum trim of Cadillac Escalade ESV. List of the features are as follow:

  • 110-volt power output
  • 12" Configurable High-Resolution Normal Black Instrument Cluster
  • 4-Colour Reconfigurable Head-Up Display
  • Adaptive Remote Start
  • Cooled Console with Covered Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Information Centre
  • Dual DVD Screen
  • Floor Console
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Front Passenger 12-way power Seat Adjuster
  • Front Leather seating
  • Front window shade
  • Heated and Cooled Front Passenger and Driver Seats
  • Heated Second Row seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Inclination Sensor
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Retractable Cargo Shade
  • Power Folding Second and Third row 60/40 split-bench seat
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Really, is there anything you do not get in this car? While it is half the size of the average hotel room in America. I reckon it would be safe to say that the Cadillac Escalade ESV is surely a hotel on wheels.

Infotainment

This car comes with four television screens in platinum trim. One for each seat in second row and one in the roof in the centre. Along with the main infotainment system between and driver and front passenger seats. But you do have the option to add on more television screen for third row. Why fight for what to watch when you can get a separate screen for yourself. You get ports all inside the car to charge your devices. You even get a standard 3-pin charger to plug in your MacBook.

Allow me to tell about the intuitiveness of the infotainment system in this car. It is a touch screen like in all other cars now days. It will seem normal, displaying the information you want. Like you have opened a Map and it will show on the screen. But where are the buttons to various functions? Pull you fingers closer to the screen, the screen will sense it without even touching the screen and all the options will pop in front of you. And when you touch on the screen, you get the touch feedback unlike other cars. The screen will vibrate and make sound upon the touch to let you know the input in registered. Other thing you might notice in the infotainment segment is, where is the volume knob? Well, there isn't one. But you do get to see Volume written under the screen. Just slide to the right on the text to increase the volume and to the left to decrease. That is addictive. All that aside, let us talk about the all the things you get in this with regard to the infotainment system.

  • Bluetooth For Phone/Audio with Natural Voice Recognition
  • Bose Active Noise Cancellation
  • Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-Speaker Audio System
  • Cadillac CUE with Embedded Navigation
  • Dual DVD Screens
  • Driver Information Center
  • NavTraffic
  • Radio, HD
  • Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System
  • Single-Slot CD/MP3 Player
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth For Phone/Audio with Natural Voice Recognition
  • Bose Active Noise Cancellation
  • Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 16-Speaker Audio System
  • Cadillac CUE with Embedded Navigation
  • Dual DVD Screens
  • Driver Information Center
  • NavTraffic
  • Radio, HD
  • Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System
  • Single-Slot CD/MP3 Player
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Wireless Charging

Storage

Model

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

Cargo Volume with 3rd row up (ft.3)

39.3

20.2

19.7

15.5

Cargo Volume with 3rd row folded (ft.3)

76.7

49.1

52.4

41.0

Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)

120.9

86.2

79.2

83.1

You really think you will have some kind of issue with cargo volume in this SUV? Cargo volume in the Escalade ESV is at least 50% more than the regular SUV. So don't tell me you want to pass on this car because it can't fit you motorbike. Fold the 2nd and 3rd row and it can hold your motorbike with a extra set of tyres and your regular luggage.

Towing Capacity:

Model

2017 Cadillac escalade ESV standard

2017 Infiniti QX80

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three row

Maximum Towing Capacity

8,100 lbs

8,500 lbs

7,500 lbs

7,000 lbs

Being a big SUV, it should be able to tow your fellow friend's car who just ran out of gas. Or if you are going on a beach trip and want to take your motor boat with you a couple hundred miles far. A car this big should be able to tow it. The Escalade ESV can tow 8100 lbs of extra load. You should be fine with it unless you want to tow a truck loaded with 20 tonnes of stuff or a ship. So as long as you don't have a ship to tow around with your car, you're good to go.

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Exterior

7.0/10

List of the exterior features in the Cadillac Escalade ESV are as follow:

  • Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension
  • Hands-Free Liftgate
  • Power-retractable Assist Steps
  • Power Sunroof
  • Body-Colour Molded Splash Guards
  • Driver Assist Package
  • Driver Awareness Package
  • Front Active Aero Shutters
  • Front Cornering Lamps
  • Full LED Tail Lights
  • Illuminated Door Handles
  • IntelliBeam

 

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Safety

Safety Ratings and Features:

4-Wheel ABS
Child Seat Anchors
Turn Signal Mirrors
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings are not available.

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Good
LATCH Acceptable

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Ratings - Out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

5 Star

Overall Frontal Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side

5 Star

Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat

5 Star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat

4 Star

Side Barrier

5 Star

Side barrier Driver

5 Star

Side barrier Rear Passenger

4 Star

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

5 Star

Rollover Rating

4 Star

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Competition

2017 Infiniti QX80

If you are reading this, you might be searching for a reason to prefer the Infiniti over Cadillac. Let me give you a reason. Infinity is way cheaper than Cadillac. But what you will be missing out? Infinity had less powerful engine, is slower, have less 35% less cargo volume and has 20 less horses under the hood. Unless you are ok with being the one who stays behind other powerful cars, you are good to go.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

So the name is Mercedes, it have to be luxurious. No doubt it is. But it is powered by a 3.0L engine as compared to 6.2L engine of Escalade. Produces 58 horses less than the Escalade. Is slower than Escalade. And honestly, the Escalade isn't cheap looking when compared to Benz's interior. Even escalade has leather seats, leather dash board, leather steering wheel. The escalade even has a refrigerating unit. I bet your Mercedes doesn't have it. Unless it is a S-Class or a Maybach.

2017 Lexus LX 570 Three Row

Lexus LX 570 had got great looks because of the Lexus razor sharp design, which Lexus has been using on all the cars lately. But again, even this car is less powerful and more than a second slower than the Escalade ESV even though it is 1100 lbs lighter than the Escalade ESV. The LX does have one extra seat but because of it, you have to fold the second row every time someone wants to get into the third row. Escalade is definitely the convenient one.

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Final Verdict

Cadillac Escalade ESV is definitely the more expensive than the competition. But there is no denying that the car packs way more features than its competition too. The Escalade ESV is the biggest of all and the powerful of all. Had the largest cargo volume, seats are really comfortable, car in extremely fun to drive and can tow a great amount of load. Isn't that some you always dreamt of a SUV to be? This car is a perfect SUV for you if you have a 100 grand and are ok with the old column shifter, that thing is messy to operate.