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.
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.
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.
|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||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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.