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2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV

At a Glance

Pricing $74,695 - $85,795
Drive Types RWD, 4WD
Engines 6.2l V8
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 14-15 (city), 20-21 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 46

Overview Information

In 1999, GM slapped a Cadillac face on its popular Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon SUVs, creating an ostentatious status symbol in the long tradition of Cadillac. Now in its fourth generation, the Escalade includes a standard 6.2l V8 engine and upgraded interior to help justify a $20,000 price premium over its corporate siblings. Like the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV is a longer wheelbase version of the GMs full-size SUVS adding some 14 inches in length. The added length improves the usability of both the 3rd row seat and the cargo area. Although full-size SUVs have become popular as family haulers, their only real advantage is tow ratings of over 7500 lbs. Full-size SUVs with truck underpinnings are robbed of interior space with the body mounted over the frame. Most buyers would be better served with a crossover SUV such as the GMC Acadia. Many offer similar legroom with improved cargo capacity and fuel efficiency for less money.

What Changed:

The latest Escalade wears new styling on a body that is longer and wider. Power in the 6.2l V8 engine has increased to 420-bhp.

Official Word:

From its introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade quickly became the standard among luxury SUVs, with a formula of bold design, powerful capability and luxurious accommodations. The all-new 2015 Escalade takes design and technical elements from Cadillac's product expansion to elevate the brand's signature SUV. The fourth-generation Escalade has an entirely new exterior design yet is instantly recognizable. Inside, cut-and-sewn materials and wood trim, chosen for elegance and authenticity, combine with the latest technologies to convey...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Escalade ESV Standard 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 RWD 15/21/18 46 $74,695
Escalade ESV Luxury 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 RWD 15/21/18 46 $78,695
Escalade ESV Premium 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 RWD 15/21/18 46 $83,195
Escalade ESV Standard 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 4WD 14/20/17 36 $77,295
Escalade ESV Luxury 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 4WD 14/20/17 36 $81,295
Escalade ESV Premium 6.2l V8 (420-bhp) A6 4WD 14/20/17 36 $85,795