2014 Cadillac Escalade

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade

  • 403-hp V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to eight
  • RWD or full-time AWD

2014 Cadillac Escalade Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Though its siblings are the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV is aimed at affluent buyers. 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.

The Escalade is available in a standard size, covered in this report, and as the extra-long Escalade ESV, covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2014
Cadillac has dropped the Escalade Hybrid from the lineup. There are no other significant changes for 2014.
Exterior Highlights

  • High-intensity-discharge headlights standard
  • LED headlights optional
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Eighteen-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
  • Power liftgate standard

Interior Highlights

  • Seats seven with standard second-row captain's chairs
  • Seats eights with optional three-person second-row bench seat
  • 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
  • Heated and cooled front seats standard
  • Navigation system standard, with guidelines for the backup camera
  • DVD entertainment system available
  • Power-tilting steering wheel; heated steering wheel available

Under the Hood

  • 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 wi...
Vehicle Overview

Though its siblings are the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV is aimed at affluent buyers. 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.

The Escalade is available in a standard size, covered in this report, and as the extra-long Escalade ESV, covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2014
Cadillac has dropped the Escalade Hybrid from the lineup. There are no other significant changes for 2014.
Exterior Highlights

  • High-intensity-discharge headlights standard
  • LED headlights optional
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Eighteen-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
  • Power liftgate standard

Interior Highlights

  • Seats seven with standard second-row captain's chairs
  • Seats eights with optional three-person second-row bench seat
  • 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
  • Heated and cooled front seats standard
  • Navigation system standard, with guidelines for the backup camera
  • DVD entertainment system available
  • Power-tilting steering wheel; heated steering wheel available

Under the Hood

  • 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • 8,300-pound towing capacity (8,100 pounds with AWD)

Safety Features

  • 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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

THE BEST FULL SIZE SUV

by CHASE from FT LAUDERDALE, FL on August 15, 2018

Simply just the best full size SUV imo. Excellent power. Great styling and ride for a "truck". Love everything about it. Elegant, great power and handling. Read full review

(5.0)

The most comfortable SUV that I have ever test dr

by Cadillacmike from Tampa on May 15, 2018

This car would meet all my needs, travel in comfort, sits up high and rides like you could just. Keep right on going into the sunset Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Cadillac Escalade Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

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Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain warranty

    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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