2014 Cadillac Escalade Review

March 7, 2014
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Want a classy ride that offers a lot of practicality? The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a good choice. It can seat up to 8 people and handles pretty well. Caddy did not make huge changes for the 2014 model year.

NEW FOR THE 2014 ESCALADE

  • discontinuation of Escalade Hybrid or EXT
  • metallic Midnight Plum exterior color

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a rear-wheel drive powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A light-duty all-wheel drive is optional.

According to the EPA, the 2014 Escalade can manage 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on highways with the rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive model gets 13 mpg/18 mpg.

ON THE ROAD

Weighing more than 5,500 pounds, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade surprisingly accelerates fast. For us, this overshadows the complaint of few reviewers about the SUV’s lack of power. Also, it delivers smooth ride even if it wears 22-inch wheels. It is largely the work of the chassis, particularly the Magnetic Ride Control. But we don’t mean huge wheels are better. Like other reviewers, we recommend sticking with the 18-inch wheels to avoid the larger ones’ downside on the brakes. Cornering and parking are not, of course, the Escalade’s strong points. It’s normal in every huge SUV. But we find the rearview camera very helpful, making parking maneuverability worry-free.

INSIDE THE 2014 ESCALADE

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The Escalade’s interior is a major proof that the SUV is a true luxury vehicle. Wood trim and leather upholstery complement each other to create the appropriate look and feel. However, the 2014 Escalade has not received the updated CUE yet. So the touchscreen display and the control look quite dated. It is still simple to use, though.

The front and second-row seats are comfortable especially that they are equipped with heating and cooling functions. There is also ample headroom and legroom in both. But passengers in the third row would certainly feel cramped. It is in fact considered by several reviewers as the greatest weakness of the Escalade’s interior. Aside from the minimal room it offers, it has to be removed and stored away instead of folded to expand cargo space.

KEY FEATURES

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The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is offered in three styles: base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum.

Some standard features on the base Escalade include antilock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, fog lights, LED taillights, xenon headlights, rear park assist, adaptive remote start, 10-speaker Bose audio system with rear-seat audio controls and earphone jacks, satellite radio, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, driver information center, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation system with 8-inch diagonal touchscreen and voice recognition, OnStar, rearview camera, leather upholstery, 14-way power heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, and removable 50/50 third-row seat.

The Luxury model adds Magnetic Ride Control, 22-inch aluminum wheels, chrome door handles, IntelliBeam headlights, power sunroof, heated steering wheel, side blind zone alert, USB connectivity. The Premium trim level offers Appearance Package and power assist steps. And the highest trim, the Platinum, features LED headlights, full-leather first- and second-row seats, heated and cooled cup holders, second-row-seat DVD entertainment system, and walnut wood interior trim.

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