The 2015 Escalade is a manifestation of Cadillac’s unwillingness to get behind other makes in the SUV segment. The Escalade has just become more luxurious for 2015 with its class-leading cabin and a more powerful V8 engine. Read on to learn more about the Escalade, which has improved a lot since it began 15 years ago.
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2015 Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. Rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models are available. The maximum towing capacity of the new Escalade is 8,200 pounds with rear-wheel drive system and 8,000 pounds with all-wheel.
Rear-wheel-drive Escalades are estimated by the EPA to return 15 mpg in city, 21 mpg on highway and 17 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive models are rated at 14 city mpg, 21 highway mpg and 16 combined mpg.
ON THE ROAD
The V8 engine performs sprightly. It does not have any problem powering the 2015 Escalade, a large vehicle that weighs almost 6,000 pounds. The new Escalade is equipped with an enhanced magnetic ride control which improves the ride quality. It doesn’t feel heavy at all because of the stiff body structure and the light steering feel. People who are used to driving sedans don’t have to be intimidated by the Escalade’s size and weight.
INSIDE THE 2015 ESCALADE
The biggest news about the 2015 Escalade is the all-new interior which now matches the cabins of Cadillac’s latest sedans. The dashboard has been restyled. Wood accents are finally made of genuine wood. The CUE interface, navigation system and reconfigurable gauge cluster give the Escalade a high-tech appeal. This Caddy is indeed high-class.
The front seats are roomier than the previous Escalade. They come standard with healing and cooling functions which make them very comfortable. The third-row seat can now be folded flat. This makes hauling people and cargo easier compared to the removable third-row seat in the 2014 Escalade. The ESV model has more legroom and headroom all around. Cargo space is also bigger at 38.7 cubic feet. The Escalade has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row. But the maximum cargo capacities of the 2015 Escalade (94.2 cubic feet) and the ESV (120.5 cubic feet) are 15 cubic feet short of last year’s model.
Standard: magnetic ride control, capless fueling system, power liftgate, LED exterior lighting (headlights, daytime running lights and taillights), rain-sensing front wipers, hidden rear wiper, adaptive remote start, 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound system, 3 USB ports, SD card reader, auxiliary audio jack, CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Bose active noise cancellation, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, rearview camera, front and rear park assist, OnStar, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt/telescoping steering column, leather seats (heated and cooled 12-way power front seats with lumbar control, heated fold-and-tumble second-row seats, and 60/40 split power fold-flat third-row bench seat), navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition with push-button start, 12-inch driver information center, CUE interface (8-inch color touchscreen)
Luxury: automatic high beam, Driver Awareness Package (safety alert seat, forward collision alert and lane departure warning), head-up display, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, power sunroof, power second-row seats
Premium: illuminating door handles, LED front cornering lights, Driver Assist Package (automatic safety belt tightening, automatic braking, automatic collision preparation and adaptive cruise control), rear-seat entertainment system (with Blu-Ray capability, 9-inch color fold-down scree, wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks, and CD-R/MP3/CD-RW capability)
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