Brawny styling; muscular V8; strong towing capacity; abundant standard feature content
Barely usable third-row seat in regular model; extremely high load height; thirsty engine; relatively cumbersome driving experience; interior no match for those of some similarly priced competitors
The Escalade gains a new standard 10-speed transmission for 2018. See the 2018 Cadillac Escalade models for sale near you
Keep it simple. The base-model Escalade is so incredibly well equipped that all the upper trim levels seem a bit superfluous. Their elevated price tags also put them uncomfortably close to vehicles like the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which in turn start to make the Escalade seem like the antiquated truck behemoth it is. Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale
The Escalade comes in two body styles, a regular-length model simply called the Escalade and a long-wheelbase version dubbed the Escalade ESV. Both are available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum.
The Escalade base trim ($74,700 regular; $77,700 ESV) comes standard with 20-inch wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, LED headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, a hands-free power lift gate, side-assist steps, keyless start, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, a self-parking system, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and cooled power front seats with driver-memory settings and power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third-row seat, the 8-in CUE tech interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, five USB ports and a 16-speaker Bose audio system.
The Luxury trim ($80,300 regular; $83,300 ESV) adds 22-in wheels, adaptive headlights, a sunroof, power-adjustable second-row seats, Cadillac's rear camera mirror and a variety of accident-avoidance technologies (forward-collision, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning systems as well as automatic braking and lane-keeping assist).
The Premium Luxury ($84,700 regular; $87,700 ESV) gains adaptive cruise control, an enhanced automatic braking system and a single-screen rear-seat entertainment system.
The Platinum ($93,800 regular; $96,800 ESV) adds power-retractable side steps, special styling elements inside and out, upgraded leather upholstery, more-adjustable front seats with massage functionality and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Lincoln Navigator -- Objectively, the new Navigator is just a superior full-size SUV compared to the Escalade. Performance, fuel economy and interior space are all considerably greater. Subjectively, its high-fashion interior blows away most competitors. It's worth the attention it's getting.
2018 GMC Yukon Denali -- GMC's range-topping Yukon Denali is nearly mechanically identical to the Escalade. It also uses many of the same chrome accents and bold styling cues. If you can't find an Escalade at the price you want, consider visiting your local GMC dealer to find out if they'll give you a good deal on a Yukon Denali.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class -- The GLS can't match the Escalade's towing capability or extended-length version, but it boasts superior driving manners, more third-row space and better interior trappings, plus a price tag that isn't actually that different from the big Cadillac's.
Used Land Rover Range Rover -- A new Range Rover's starting price of around $86,000 may be comparable to the Escalade's, but it comes with considerably less standard equipment. As such, used models are worth a look if you're interested in another luxury SUV offering a king-of-the-road driving experience.