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Review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium 4WD

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If you have ever looked at the sales charts for Cadillac, you begin to notice a trend. While most of their models are seemingly downward or climbing back up slowly, only two models have been somewhat constant; the SRX and the Escalade. We have taken a look at the SRX and have delved into why it's a big seller. Now it's time to take a look at the Escalade and ask why does it do so well?

After the first-generation Escalade, Cadillac has been working on separating the it from the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon in terms of design. The second-generation saw an angled front end, distinctive side molding, and a new rear tailgate. The third-generation went a step further with a new grille design, bigger wheels, and other design touches. For this generation, Cadillac decided to sharpen the lines of Escalade to give it a more striking look. Pair this with the large, five-bar grille and vertical LED headlights up front, and the thin LED taillights in the back and the Escalade may have to be one of the best looking full-size SUVs. My only complaint on the Escalade is the new emblem as it looks a bit out of place.

The separation continues inside as the Escalade features the same dashboard as seen on Cadillac’s passenger car lineup. The driver faces a screen which provides the instrument cluster. Cadillac’s implementation of this is one of the best as the screen is clear and vibrant. Also the choice of four different layouts and being able to customize what information is displayed adds a nice touch. That also means Cadillac’s CUE system is present in the center stack. Like other Cadillac models I have driven, the CUE system had its share of slow response time and not recognizing inputs. I’m wondering what Cadillac has in store for the next-generation of CUE and if it can improve its share of problems.

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Luxuries are top notch with the Escalade featuring quite the assortment of leather, wood, and piano black trim throughout the interior. Leather wrapped seats provide excellent support for long drives. Front seat passengers get 12-way power adjustments to find that perfect position, while ventilated seats provide an added level of comfort dependent on the season. Second row passengers are treated to captain chairs with heat. Headroom I found to be excellent, while legroom is a little bit tight. Like the Tahoe I drove last year, the Escalade’s third row is best reserved for small kids or to be folded into the floor.

For powertrain and ride impressions, see page 2

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:metal: Rockin it 4 generations straight! :metal: Germans have nothing on this full size bad boy. As an owner of a 2nd generation Escalade ESV Platinum edition, I look forward to upgrading to the 4th next year as is my plan. They just keep making it better all the way around.


For those wondering the ESV does seem to increase the leg room in the 3rd row or it could just be my imagination but I do feel for the added length there seems to be more room inside it than in the standard Escalade. Either way you cannot go wrong with these lovely SUV's.


Great write up, :)


Question, did you get to test out the Entertainment system in the back? If so what did you think?

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Enjoyed the write-up, especially the conclusion making note of all the stars driving these vehicles.  Being a huge Bob Dylan fan particularly favored the commercial from 2007.  I can only hope, they only get him to do another for the 2015.  Just saying...

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It's almost surreal that these things cost upwards of 90K or the price of a decent sized house in my neck of the woods.

A fully loaded Escalade ESV Platinum edition is an easy 100K. Yet they are worth every penny IMHO. Amazing rides and they last. One of the best Auto's GM makes.

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