The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV that is available in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum Edition top-of-the-line. The seating for seven is standard, while all but Platinum Edition can also be had with a bank in the second row colliding accommodate up to eight passengers. The 2014 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, extended length 2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV and 2014 Cadillac Escalade Pickup as are reviewed separately.
The entry level 2014 Cadillac Escalade comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive and self-leveling suspension, a rear differential lock, fog lights, automatic xenon headlights, power folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, trailer hardware, rear parking sensors, running boards and a power liftgate. Inside, the standard equipment continues to control three-zone automatic climate, leather, power front seats with heating and ventilation with memory driver seat, heated chairs captain of second row, tilt steering wheel only power, power adjustable pedals, a rear view mirror auto-dimming and remote start. The list of features includes standard electronic navigation system with touch screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar emergency communications and 10-speaker Bose audio system with surround sound CD player, radio satellite, an auxiliary audio input, an iPod / USB audio interface and rear controls.
Going to the deluxe model adds 22-inch wheels, adaptive power-folding second-row heated steering wheel and improved suspension, automatic headlights, a sunroof, a warning system of blind spot, swing and seating. Options include power retractable running boards and an entertainment system for rear seat with a single screen. Jumping on the level of quality furnishings that all of the above plus body color style details put in place of chrome dual exhaust tips and painted wheels. LED headlights are an option. The 2014 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition starts with all these goodies and add your own special touches to exterior design, 22-inch chrome wheels, leather upholstery improved, heated and cup-holders and interior options unique color cools. The standard video entertainment system also gets mounted dual headrest screens.
2014 Cadillac Escalade Interior
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade has not received final electronic interface Cadillac CUE, which means the screen of the Escalade and overall design dashboard looks relatively outdated. But we suspect that many people will actually find this older a little easier to use configuration. Both seats front and second row occupants enjoy comfortable thanks to seats with heating and ventilation until heated seats in the second row. There is a good amount of legroom and head for passengers, too, which is something that can’t be said of anyone in exile to the third row 50/50-split. It is overwhelming even for children.
The greatest weakness of the interior, however, is antiquated design of the seats in the third row. Unlike the examples of many of competitors of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade that fold into a pit in the ground, must be removed and stored in order to exploit the huge cargo Interior. With the third row seats removed, there is still healthy 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.
2014 Cadillac Escalade Engine
On the 2014 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The rear wheel drive and the six-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a system of all-wheel drive available as an option. Note that this is an AWD system light load, no low range for off-road use. In tests of performance, all-wheel drive 2014 Cadillac Escalade accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, surprisingly quick for the vehicle of this size. Well equipped, two-wheel drive Escalade can tow an impressive 8300 pounds. The price for all this muscle, as can imagine, is poor fuel economy, with EPA estimates of 14 mpg highway city / 18 mpg and 16 mpg combined with rear wheel drive and 13/18/15 mpg with AWD .
2014 Cadillac Escalade Safety
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes, side air-bags for the front seats, stability and traction control, side curtain airbags that cover all three rows, one rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance to the letter, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance. A warning system blind spot is standard on all but the base model.
In brake testing, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade was stopped from 60 mph in 144 feet, a disappointing figure even for a full-size SUV luxury. In government crash tests, 2014 Cadillac Escalade scored a rating of four out of five stars, with 5 stars for front and side crash protection overall and only three stars for tipping.