2017 Cadillac Escalade

Starting MSRP: $73,395 - $98,195

Estimated MPG: 15 city / 22 hwy

2017 Cadillac Escalade Review

For many customers, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is THE full-size premium SUV, offering three rows of seating, extravagant luxuries and impressive towing and performance capabilities.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/05/2017

The 2017 Escalade is available in a standard model as well as in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum trims. Additionally, all trims can be ordered in an Escalade ESV configuration, which provides a significantly longer wheelbase, as well as a roomier third row and more cargo space. Each Escalade model comes standard with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is offered for all trims.

Two new technologies debut in the 2017 Escalade, a self-parking system and Cadillac’s Rear Camera Mirror. This technology replaces a conventional rearview mirror with a high-resolution video stream for increased visibility. Also increasing the visibility of the Escalade itself are two new exterior colors (Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic and Bronze Dune Metallic) and a fresh design option among its available 22-inch wheels.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Escalade has a dominating road presence, with a powerful hood and the latest Cadillac shield prominently positioned on its industrial-strength grille. Full LED lighting also is standard for the Escalade. The headlights and taillights in particular have a unique, vertical orientation, and even the side mirrors have integrated LED turn-signal indicators. Those power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors are heated, too, and provide approach lighting for customers.

Standard exterior features that boost the Escalade’s functionality include a hands-free rear liftgate, active grille shutters and a roof-mounted luggage rack. The base Escalade rides on 17-inch wheels, but 20- and 22-inch wheels are available, as are details like illuminated door handles, power-retractable assist steps, a power sunroof and a special Radiant package that’s highlighted by a unique grille.

Interior

Interior

Upscale amenities come standard in all Escalade models. The entry-level trim provides real wood accents, standard leather seating, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated second-row seats and heated and cooled front seats. Both front-row seats have standard 12-way power adjustability. In the Escalade Platinum, the front seats offer 22-way power adjustability and a massaging function. The Escalade is offered in a seven-seat configuration with a pair of second-row captain’s chairs, or with a 60/40-split second-row bench that boosts seating capacity to eight.

A power-folding third row is standard across the lineup, while a power-folding second row is available. When all rows are folded, the Escalade has 94.2 cubic feet of cargo space. That increases to 120.9 cubic feet for ESV models.

Performance

Performance

The Escalade has a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the latter of which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough for surprising speed, with 0-to-60 mph times of less than 6 seconds in some trims. That engine also provides a maximum tow rating of 8,300 pounds; and that’s a higher tow rating than you’ll find with competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS550.

EPA ratings for the rear-wheel drive Escalade are 15/22 mpg city/highway. Four-wheel-drive models offer fuel economy ratings of 15/20 mpg city/highway. Further enhancing the Escalade’s performance are a standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension and fully boxed frame.

Technology

Technology

A full complement of Cadillac technology is standard for all Escalade models, such as a CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hot spot and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Complementing those features are a standard digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging and a Bose surround-sound audio system with 16 speakers. Two rear-seat entertainment systems are available, depending on trim, and so is a head-up display.

Standard for driver assistance features include a 360-degree camera system with a top-down view, along with front and rear parking sensors. The Escalade’s long list of safety options then covers adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, automatic safety-belt tightening, automatic parking, forward and reverse automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane-departure alert, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.