2014 Cadillac Escalade

Original MSRP Range
$63,745 - $83,070
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
13 - 14 MPG City / 18 - 18 MPG Hwy
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2014 Cadillac Escalade

What We Like

Upscale ambiance; strong truck-based work ethic; extensive technology features 

What We Don't

Pricey, considering it's built alongside the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon; will be outdated the moment the new model arrives 

Ratings

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2014 Cadillac Escalade?

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid isn't returning for the 2014 model year. Otherwise, the 2014 Escalade is unchanged, as a new model is on the way for 2015. 

Which Escalade is the Best?

We recommend the slightly more compact standard-length Escalade over the ESV. It's easier to maneuver in tight spots but still provides ample room for people and cargo, provided you don't mind removing the third-row seat when you need to carry something large. We like the Premium package and its rear-seat entertainment, which makes the miles fly by for passengers on long road trips. 

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How Much Does a 2014 Cadillac Escalade Cost?

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade SUV is offered in two body styles: regular-length Escalade, based on the Chevrolet Tahoe, and extended-length Escalade ESV, based on the Chevrolet Suburban. (A pickup-based Escalade EXT is covered in a separate review.) From there, drivers can choose among Luxury, Premium and Platinum trim levels. 

The Escalade Luxury ($70,000) has a long list of high-end features, such as leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port for music, a navigation system, a remote starter, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a blind spot monitor, 22-inch alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel and a power seat release for the second row. 

Step up to the Premium ($74,200) and you add a rear-seat DVD player, a dual rear exhaust and power retractable running boards to ease with entry and exit. 

Topping the range is the Platinum ($82,500), which adds heated and cooled cup holders, LED headlights and "ultra bright" chrome wheels. 

The Escalade doesn't have many options. Drivers who choose the Luxury can add a few options to bring their Escalade up to Premium or even near-Platinum equipment levels, but the Platinum's option list primarily consists of color choices. Note that all-wheel drive adds about $2,500 to the base price, while opting for an ESV boosts the price by another $3,000. 

Escalade Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escalade 2WD 4dr Base *Ltd Avail*$63,745 / N/A8 Cylinder40314 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Luxury$67,970 / N/A8 Cylinder40314 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Platinum$80,520 / N/A8 Cylinder40314 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Premium$72,250 / N/A8 Cylinder40314 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade AWD 4dr Base *Ltd Avail*$66,295 / N/A8 Cylinder40313 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade AWD 4dr Luxury$70,520 / N/A8 Cylinder40313 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade AWD 4dr Platinum$83,070 / N/A8 Cylinder40313 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade AWD 4dr Premium$74,800 / N/A8 Cylinder40313 / 186-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Cadillac Escalade Safety

Is the 2014 Cadillac Escalade a Safe Car?

When confronted with a collision scenario, size does matter. At almost three tons, the Escalade will be bigger than most things it collides with. It offers head-curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows, dual front-side-impact airbags and pretensioners to minimize passenger movement during a collision. 

Helping to avoid collisions are StabiliTrak with rollover mitigation technology, standard 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and the safety of a responsive, albeit thirsty, V8 powertrain. A blind spot monitor and rearview camera are also standard. 

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests, the Escalade received four stars overall. That rating stems from a 5-star score in front- and side-impact tests, and a 3-star score in the agency's rollover test. 

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Side Barrier Rating
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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance6 Years/70,000 Miles
Maintenance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Blind-Spot Alert

Competition

2014 Cadillac Escalade vs the competition

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- It's certainly more contemporary than the Cadillac, and the available BlueTec diesel makes it significantly more efficient. Plus, 3-row seating means there's room for the whole family. 

Land Rover Range Rover -- The Range Rover remains the king of the SUV hill thanks to high-tech features, off-road capability and extremely high brand cachet. But it's far more expensive than the Escalade. 

Infiniti QX80 -- Despite its whale-like proportions and similar body-on-frame architecture, the QX sports a King Kong powertrain and delivers a generally more responsive driving experience than the Cadillac. 

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