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 2011
Cadillac now includes standard scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multipoint vehicle inspection for four years or 50,000 miles. There's more noise reduction material, including laminated windshield and side glass and a new rearview mirror.

Exterior
Three-tier headlights and a large crisscrossed grille define the Escalade's styling, while chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle's luxury status. Exterior features include:

  • 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. Interior features include:

  • 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
  • Navigation system
  • 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. Mechanical features include:

  • 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
  • Optional blind spot warning system