The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV engineered and manufactured by Cadillac. It was Cadillac's first major entry into the popular SUV market, and is called a SUV even though it meets all the specifications to be considered a truck. The Escalade was introduced for the 1999 model year in response to German and Japanese competitors and to Ford's 1998 release of the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade project went into production only ten months after it was approved. The Escalade is built in Arlington, Texas. The word "escalade" refers to a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders or siege towers.
Is the Cadillac Escalade a Good SUV?
As far as luxury large SUVs go, the 2018 Escalade is a decent vehicle. Its monstrous V8 engine matches its commanding size, and fuel economy is good among class rivals. Ride quality is smooth, and its interior has top-notch materials. From a 360-degree camera to a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, the Escalade has a long list of available features. However, the Escalade's below-average passenger and cargo space and fussy infotainment system don't fare well against the competition. Additionally, its poor predicted reliability rating is the worst in the class.
If you want a large upscale vehicle that's strong enough to tow a trailer, you should consider purchasing the 2018 Cadillac Escalade. If towing isn't your main concern, you will most likely prefer a smaller 3-row luxury crossover instead. Not only do they handle better, but they have smoother rides and better fuel efficiency.
Should I Buy a New or Used Cadillac Escalade?
The Escalade was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and has seen only minor updates since then. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade gains a 10-speed automatic transmission but is otherwise unchanged from 2017. That means you can spend less for an older model from this generation while getting an Escalade that's very similar to the 2018 model.
We Did the Research for You: 29 Pieces of Data Analyzed
We analyzed 29 Cadillac Escalade reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and more to help you decide if the 2018 Escalade is the right option for you. This review uses applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2018 model years.
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