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By Cars.com Staff
July 6, 2009
Vehicle Overview The full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV has appealed to celebrities and affluent 20-somethings since 2001, when a flashier version debuted. Its competitors include the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX56 and other luxury SUVs. In the spirit of excess, the Escalade boasts available 22-inch wheels and a 6.2-liter V-8 with more than 400 horsepower. It can be configured to seat up to eight people and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
New for 2010 The Cadillac Escalade's 6.2-liter V-8 now features cylinder deactivation, a technology designed to save gas by automatically shutting off four cylinders when driving conditions allow. The clock from prior Platinum trims is now standard across the lineup, and there are new side-impact airbags for the front seats. There's a USB port for connecting a portable music player to the audio system.
Exterior Three-tier headlights and a large crisscrossed grille define the Escalade's styling, while chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle's luxury status.
LED headlights optional
Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
18-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
Power liftgate standard
Interior Two rows of captain's chairs and a three-seat bench in back are standard. An optional second-row bench ups seating capacity to eight. The center stack flows into the floor console rather than being a separate unit.
LED-backlit instrument panel
Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
Leather seats with power adjustments in front and seat heaters in the first two rows
Power-tilting steering wheel
Optional air-conditioned seats
Optional heated steering wheel and rear-seat entertainment system
Under the Hood An all-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 makes 403 hp and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 8,300 (RWD) or 8,100 pounds (AWD) when properly equipped.
Available permanent all-wheel drive
Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shock absorbers that GM says react to the road more quickly
Safety Safety equipment includes:
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system
Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Front-seat side-impact airbags new for 2010
Optional blind spot warning system
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