2014 Cadillac Escalade Overview
- Full-size luxury SUV
- Seats seven or eight passengers
- Brash exterior styling outside, lots of standard features inside
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV that is big on size and luxury.
Related to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and the GMC Yukon, the Escalade has all of the size of its cousins with a heaping ladleful of creature comforts and luxury dumped on top. It has somewhat become a symbol of excess, an aspirational sort of vehicle that embodies bigness. Its styling echoes this aesthetic; copious amounts of chrome, giant wheels, and a brash grille with large version of Cadillac’s logo front and center. HID headlights, a power liftgate, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals come standard. 18-inch wheels are also standard, with up to 22-inch wheels available.
Under the hood, power comes from a large 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 which makes 417 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. For a smoother ride, Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension is optional; it uses sensors to account for changes in the road surface and makes on-the-fly adjustments to keep the Escalade riding smoothly. Towing capacity maxes out at 8,300 pounds (with RWD).
Inside, the Escalade seats seven passengers with second-row captain’s chairs, but adding the optional second-row bench expands capacity to eight. Strangely, the third-row does not fold flat like in other large SUVs, but can be removed and stored if the extra cargo space is needed. The standard features list is very long, befitting a vehicle of this price; heated and cooled front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a navigation system are all standard. Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a heated steering wheel for colder climes.
Four-wheel antilock disc brakes, an electronic stability system, six airbags, and a rearview camera are standard safety features.