The 2013 Cadillac Escalade Evaluated

If the producers of any Transfigure Car shows were to select one car that talks to their manufacturing values and target market, that car would be the Escalade. The Escalade and also its larger stablemate, the Escalade ESV, were originally meant for the nation club crowd, yet their layout, production and marketing have accomplished massive resonance with the cocktail lounge crowd. The factors for its success with more youthful demographics differ however absolutely include the Cadillac cachet, a strong mechanical package and also a vast network of Cadillac suppliers situated mainly in the country’s city areas.

No matter its city, country or country applications, the Escalade’s simple mechanical menu and also last-century building and construction have been rubbed right into two perfectly tuned machines. Its 6.2-liter all-alloy V8 delivers enough horsepower and also torque via GM’s Hydra-matic 6-speed transmission. The Escalade has rear-wheel drive or offered all-wheel drive. Applying 403 steeds to 3 heaps (with guests) doesn’t make for neck-snapping acceleration, the Escalade effortlessly finds its rhythm at lawful speeds. For the country club collection, the Escalade can tow approximately 8,000 extra pounds of horse as well as trailer.

Despite these many eye-catching high qualities, the 2013 Escalade. and also its body-on-frame siblings are surviving borrowed-from-the-EPA time. Having a body independent from the underlying system could create a better vehicle, but it develops inadequacies in a world increasingly less forgiving of them. GM hasn’t confirmed the design path the following Escalade and Escalade ESV will take, they will likely have unitized bodies, less weight and decreased capacities. However renovations to the Escalade’s inadequate gas economy are all but certain.

Comfort & Utility

The Escalade’s interior is throne-like. You have to tip up to obtain in, as well as once set down behind the thin-diameter wheel or in among the various other 5 terminals, you have a powerful view of the majority of what’s around you. To their credit scores, the group responsible for the Cadillac’s interior has limited itself. Just what a consumer receives in today’s Escalade is a fully grown, old-money analysis of luxury as well as not the loose-pillow appearance you would certainly have received 25 years ago. You can interpret that luxury in among 4 trim levels: typical, Luxury, Premium and to-die-for Platinum.

The perforated natural leather buckets are appealing but give say goodbye to lateral support than a piano feces. And must you intend to open up the baggage area of the common Escalade for optimal cargo, the rearmost seats need to be removed rather than just folded up hidden. The gods hinge on the details, and this describing goes to least a years old. Were you to require this additional capability commonly, you would certainly be better offered by going with the Escalade ESV. Its extended wheelbase (identical to the Chevrolet Suburban’s) and overall length permit 3-row seating plus a big amount of freight volume, or 2-row seats and the capacity to invest the weekend in it.


Where to start? Cadillac’s team may have begun with the extra pedestrian Chevrolet Tahoe as its base, yet countless engineering hours later, you ‘d hardly recognize the brown origins within this very blonde confection. Under the hood is Cadillac’s Active Fuel Monitoring innovation, which uses computer systems to check the engine’s load. If all 8 cyndrical tubes typically aren’t necessary for ahead activity, four are shut down to conserve fuel. High-tech Magnetic Trip Control suspension is optional. Inside, the leather-trimmed front buckets are both heated as well as cooled down, while tri-zone automatic climate control functions to maintain everybody comfy. Touchscreen navigation is typical on all designs. On the entertainment side, there’s MP3/CD/DVD, voice recognition and a USB port. Bluetooth modern technology is common on all versions.

GM’s OnStar is supplied on all trim levels. Whether you’re utilizing it for turn-by-turn navigating, attendant solution or an on-road emergency, it could confirm very useful. Its only cost is a membership fee, though you obtain a year complimentary when you buy a brand-new Escalade.

Efficiency and also Gas Economy

Within the Escalade family (Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT), there are two offered drivetrains. Criterion is the 6.2-liter V8, offering 403 horsepower and also 417 lb-ft of torque. Choose the Escalade Crossbreed (only offered with the typical Escalade), and you’ll benefit from a 2-mode crossbreed system featuring an electrically variable transmission and a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride energy storage space system. The electric propulsion system functions along with a 332-hp V8, displacing 6.0 liters. Both drivetrains are seamless in their operation with prodigious torque, instantaneous off-the-line action as well as sleep-inducing over-the-road travelling speed. In spite of the 3 lots of mass and the barn-door-like aerodynamics, both the Escalade as well as the Escalade ESV deliver an EPA-estimated 14-mpg city and also 18-mpg highway with rear-wheel drive; with all-wheel drive, it’s an estimated 13/18 mpg. With the Hybrid, you’ll enjoy roughly HALF far better effectiveness in stop-and-go driving as well as an approximated 23 mpg on the freeway.


For a car based on a pickup-truck framework, the Escalade and also Escalade ESV are remarkably composed with guiding, braking and also cornering abilities that usually disguise the body-on-frame Escalade’s agricultural origins. We would certainly, however, long for better on-center steering for far better control.

When confronted with an accident scenario, size does issue. At nearly 3 lots, the Escalade will be larger compared to many things it hits. It provides head curtain side air bags with rollover security for all seating rows, twin front side impact air bags and also pretensioners to reduce guest movement during a collision.

Helping to prevent accidents are StabiliTrak with rollover reduction innovation, standard 4-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL and also the safety of a receptive, albeit dehydrated, V8 powertrain.

Driving Impacts

From his/her elevated perch, the Escalade driver enjoys a powerful sight of just what’s taking place around the automobile. Visuals will have to primarily be enough, as the steering communicates little of exactly what’s happening at road level, apart from the road imperfections transmitted up via the extra-large wheels. The trip and also managing equilibrium of the 2012 Escalade is arguably better than it is worthy of to be (also without the offered Magnetic Trip Control), however it drags that of a number of much more contemporary rivals.

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