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2018 Cadillac Escalade

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$74,695 — $96,795 MSRP
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SUV
7-8 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Bold, modern exterior styling
  • Plenty of grunt from big V-8
  • Towing capability
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Quiet highway cruising

The Bad

  • Doesn't feel worth $100,000 (price as tested)
  • Touch-sensitive control panels
  • Choppy ride despite Magnetic Ride Control
  • Rearview camera takes getting used to
  • Second-row legroom not huge
  • Steering wheel not centered on driver
2018 Cadillac Escalade exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Cadillac Escalade
  • Seven-seat, truck-based, full-size SUV
  • Rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive
  • One engine, one transmission
  • Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • Regular and extended-length models
  • Head-up display

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Very comfortable and stylish has alot of safety fe

by Roy from Lake Charles Louisiana on December 5, 2018

This car as far as safety and comfort and looks is the best vehicle i have own and i have had alot of brand new suv and truck Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome vehicle

by Kevin from Dallas, TX on November 17, 2018

We’ve had the car for 1 day now. It has been great. Time will tell but it’s a 2018 Cadillac Escalade so the name speaks for itself. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 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
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
4 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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

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

    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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