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2013 Cadillac Escalade

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$17,675 — $36,171 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15-16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Powerful engine
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Long list of standard luxury features
  • Lots of standard safety equipment

The Bad

  • Feels big when driving
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Gas mileage
2013 Cadillac Escalade exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Cadillac Escalade
  • 403-hp V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to eight
  • Available full-time AWD

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2013 Cadillac Escalade Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
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
  • Eighteen-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 increases seating capacity to eight. The center control panel 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
  • Cooled front seats
  • Navigation system standard, with guide lines for the backup camera and weather-forecast information
  • DVD entertainment system available
  • Power-tilting steering wheel; he...

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 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
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
  • Eighteen-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 increases seating capacity to eight. The center control panel 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
  • Cooled front seats
  • Navigation system standard, with guide lines for the backup camera and weather-forecast information
  • DVD entertainment system available
  • Power-tilting steering wheel; heated steering wheel available
  • Available Platinum Edition features a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cupholders, a leather-wrapped interior and an entertainment system with screens integrated in the back of the front head restraints

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 pounds (rear-wheel drive) or 8,100 pounds (all-wheel drive) when properly equipped. Cadillac includes standard scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters, and multipoint vehicle inspections for four years or 50,000 miles. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard rear-wheel drive; available permanent all-wheel drive
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shocks that GM says react to the road more quickly

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with rollover-mitigation technology
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Optional blind spot warning system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

One of the best vehicles we’ve owned!!

by LouieP from Ashland, Kentucky on July 20, 2019

This vehicle fits our growing family, very roomy and easy to enter and exit!! Perfect for traveling or running local errands! This is the 3rd one we’ve owned....we’ve owned Ford and Mercedes SUV’s but... Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome SUV

by Scalade from Boston MA on December 19, 2018

I’ve owned a number of SUV’s over the last 30 years, including BMW, Mercedes, Land Cruiser, Ford Expedition and others, and this is the most comfortable and powerful of them all. Plenty of room for ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 50,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escalade received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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