2018 Cadillac Escalade

Original MSRP Range
$74,695 - $96,795
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
14 - 14 MPG City / 21 - 23 MPG Hwy
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2018 Cadillac Escalade

What We Like

Brawny styling; muscular V8; strong towing capacity; abundant standard feature content

What We Don't

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


Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.4/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade?

The Escalade gains a new standard 10-speed transmission for 2018. See the 2018 Cadillac Escalade models for sale near you

Which Escalade is the Best?

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


How Much Does a 2018 Cadillac Escalade Cost?

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.

Escalade Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Escalade 2WD 4dr$74,695 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Luxury$80,295 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Platinum$93,795 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 2WD 4dr Premium Luxury$84,695 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2310-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr$77,695 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Luxury$83,295 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Platinum$96,795 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Escalade 4WD 4dr Premium Luxury$87,695 / N/A8 Cylinder42014 / 2110-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Cadillac Escalade Safety

Is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade a Safe Car?

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade comes with a long list of standard safety features, including dual-front airbags, front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, front and rear parking sensors, a self-parking system and a surround-view parking camera. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, blind spot montoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning systems, as well as automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, a collision-preparation system and the Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates in response to these various safety systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Escalade a 4-star overall crash score, along with 4-star frontal, 5-star side and 3-star rollover scores. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash-tested either Escalade model.

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Side Barrier Rating
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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
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • 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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Rollover Protection
  • Blind Zone Alert


2018 Cadillac Escalade vs the competition

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.

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