2015 Cadillac Escalade Review
2015 cadillac escalade review, When the Cadillac product team describes it as “the Escalade of Escalades,” you can surmise that this 2015 model-year redesign is not a rethinking of the brand’s three-row, body-on-frame SUV. the new Escalade’s arrival will be a Super Bowl of surfeit. The Caddy’s gone and gotten better, refined itself in the same ways GM’s upgraded its full-size trucks–and also, the other full-size SUVs it sells under GMC and Chevrolet banners. Of all of them, the Escalade has the most substantial standard powertrain and cabin and technology upgrades, as well as some truly swanky touches. It is the Cadillac of GM SUVs, and that is no small thing. Undergoing a full redesign, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade looks to recapture the top spot. We suspect it will, but whether the Escalade’s particular brand of mojo will still appeal to you is an entirely different matter.
2015 Cadillac Escalade Interior
The base Escalade is generously appointed with 20-inch chrome wheels, magnetic ride control with Sport and Comfort modes, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, running boards, a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and driver memory functions, heated rear seats and split power-folding third-row seats, Those third-row seats aren’t super roomy, either, and are best just suited for children. Standard electronic features include the CUE touch-operated infotainment interface, a rearview camera, a customizable instrument panel, a navigation system, real-time traffic, and a Bose 16-speaker audio system with active noise cancelling, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, five USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2015 cadillac escalade interior a point of pride. Cut-and-sewn upholstery trims out the cabin, with leather and suede tucking neatly next to wood trim, including a fantastic open-pore treatment that looks especially handsome with a new brown hide. From the front seats–which are heated and cooled as standard–the centerpiece of the dashboard is Cadillac’s tablet-like CUE touchscreen system, which can be activated by voice, capacitive touch and swipe gestures. In front of the driver, a 12.3-inch display offers a cluster of digital gauges–which the driver can reconfigure into one of four themes. A head-up display that projects selected information over the hood is optional.
Inside, the Escalade’s leather-wrapped interior looks like something fit for a super-sized CTS. There’s plenty of square footage for seven passengers (or eight if the second-row buckets are replaced with a bench) to disassociate with their smartphones. As with its platform-mates, the Cadillac version offers a roomier front seat than before, the short-wheelbase model gets larger rear door openings to make climbing in and out easier, and a raised cargo floor allows the power third row to fold flat.
On the outside, the already imposing Escalade receives even more visual impact with blockier styling and more conspicuous flourishes. (Get your Escalade in black and it could very well be reminiscent of the presidential limousine affectionately known as “The Beast.”) The interior gets a makeover as well. Here, it’s a sleeker and more modern look highlighted by Cadillac’s latest “CUE” touch-operated infotainment system.GM is rolling out 4G LTE connectivity across its lineup, but it’s not yet ready for the Escalade or CUE. When it is, CUE will add another icon to its home screen for a higher grade of mobile-app connectivity.
Stepping up to the Luxury trim adds 22-inch wheels (optional on the base), a sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding second row seats, a head-up display, an enhanced alarm system, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and a safety alert driver seat that buzzes to warn of potential hazards and additional security features. New safety features are part of the 2015 Escalade’s repertoire as well and include a new center front seat airbag and automatic braking for collision mitigation.
2015 Cadillac Escalade Engine Horsepower
The Cadillac Escalade offers startling straight-line performance for a truly full-size, 6,000-pound SUV. Like the GL63 and supercharged Range Rover, it’s capable of dashing off 0-60 mph times of about 6.0 seconds, while it’s also equipped to tow more than 7,900 pounds.
The 2015 cadillac escalade engine is a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 460 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. From the same family as the newest version of the 5.3-liter V-8 found in the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe and GMC Yukon, it’s a smooth, powerful piece that’s also trimmed out with cylinder deactivation and direct injection. Fuel economy gains of about 17 percent put the most efficient Escalade at 16 to 17 mpg on the EPA combined cycle, depending on the presence of four-wheel drive–all while delivering better acceleration and a rounder, more subdued engine note partly suppressed by active noise cancellation.
That four-wheel-drive system has separate modes for 4 High and for an all-wheel-drive mode that automatically redistributes torque when it senses wheelspin. In other respects, it’s still trucklike enough to earn its towing credentials–from 7,900 to 8,300 pounds, depending on configuration. Like its close kin–the 2015 Chevy Tahoe SUV and the 2015 GMC Yukon–the Escalade’s front strut and solid rear axle suspension are derived from GM’s full-size pickups.
The Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers found on those utes’ options lists are standard here, however. The third-generation dampers also make their way into the Cadillac CTS and Corvette Stingray, and Cadillac says the dampers–which use reactive magnetic fluid to change stiffness–have the quickest responses of any adaptive setup. The system can be set to a Tour or Sport mode, depending on driver preference.
Our first drive of the Escalade steered clear of sportscar-styling roads, but that’s hardly the point for an SUV that commands Secret Service levels of presence. A couple hundred miles skimming South Carolina low country gave some of the same impressions we’ve had in the Yukon and Tahoe–that there’s a reason GM’s full-size SUVs are the best sellers of their size. With its stiffer body structure and light-touch electric power steering, the Escalade’s far from a daunting drive, even if the driver’s not used to plus-size vehicles. The steering’s weighted to filter off the wandering that a trailer or a big crosswind could cause, but heavy? Not at all. And with the magnetically controlled shocks, the Escalade now has better ride control–less of the bounding out of potholes that marked GM’s last-gen utes.
2015 Cadillac Escalade MPG
Cadillac’s new Escalade goes to considerable lengths to trim its fuel use, but there’s only so much that can be done with a 6,000-pound vehicle, you know. Fitted with one of GM’s most powerful drivetrains, the Escalade doesn’t stop/start its 6.2-liter V-8 to conserve gas. It does sport direct injection and can shut off half its cylinders under light engine loads, resulting in fuel economy up to 17 percent better than last year’s model.
The ‘Slade does make some other concessions too: the grille has shutters that close at higher speeds, to reduce aero drag, and some of the body is stamped from aluminum sheet, to save a few pounds. The base Escalade is rated by the EPA at 15 miles per gallon city, 21 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined–pretty low, but still a good bit better than, say, a Mercedes GL 450. With four-wheel drive, the ratings fall to 14/21/16 mpg. Opt for the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV with rear-wheel drive, and fuel economy checks in at 15/21/17 mpg–but add that four-wheel-drive system, and it drops to 14/20/16 mpg.
2015 Cadillac Escalade Price
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is price from $72,690 (including a $995 destination charge), a nearly $4,000 increase in base price from 2014. Some of that boost comes in the form of additional safety gear. It comes with a front-center airbag mounted in the driver seat, designed to protect front-seat occupants thrown toward the center of the vehicle by a side impact on the other side of the vehicle. It offers automatic braking, which first warns the driver of impending collisions via signals from short-range radar (for higher speeds) and ultrasonic sensors at lower speeds.
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