Cadillac Escalade ESV Preview

Pros
Escalade ESV is 53.4 cm (21 inches) longer than the regular Escalade and has more room for a third row seat and cargo space. It is North American luxury at its best.

Con
This is a lot of Cadillac and if the reason for buying is a large family, best look into a minivan which is roomier and more economical.

Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Price
Escalade ESV MSRP starts at $89,600 and can reach up to $113,375.

Fuel Economy
City/highway/combined (l/100 km) 17/11.4/14.5
E85

City/highway/combined (l/100km) 23.5/15.3/19.8

Improvements and Changes
The only change for 2014 is that Midnight Plum Metallic is now offered on all models. The Escalade ESV will continue to be offered in Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum trim levels.

Exterior Styling
Aside from having an extra 53.4 cm of side to look at, the Escalade ESV is the same as the Escalade. LED headlamps are optional while HIDs are standard as are LED taillights. Standard wheel size is 18 inches on the base model and all the others get 22-inch wheels.

Interior
Escalade ESV seats up to eight in luxury and still has a generous amount of cargo space. Remove the third row seat and cargo space takes on near pick-up truck proportions. Second row seats can be individual buckets or a 60/40 split/folding bench seat while the third row is a 50/50 folding seat.

There are several different entertainment systems available, but just about everything you want from bluetooth to backup cameras and from adjustable pedals to a remote starter are standard equipment.

Tri-zone climate control is standard, but the heated and cooled front bucket seats as well as the heated and cooled cup holders are part of the Platinum trim.

Cargo /Towing/Payload
Interior space behind the third seat is 1297 liters which is about 5 hockey bags or a trip to the antique store, which ever mom does first. Maximum payload is not to exceed 643 kg (1,418 lbs) towing ability is rated at 3,628 kg (8,000 lbs).

Powertrain
Escalade ESV utilizes a 6.2 liter V8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 ft.lb. of torque that is mated with a six-speed automatic and an intelligent AWD system.

Safety
Escalade ESV employs six air bags, two front and two front set mounted side impact air bags. As part of roll over protection, full length roof mounted side curtain air bags are used. These roof mounted bags stay inflated longer than the other four due to the fact that roll overs require more protection.

Stability control (Stabiltrak™), roll mitigation, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS brakes and Electronic Brake Force distribution are standard. In addition, LATCH system of anchoring child seats is standard as are a rear view camera, seat belt pre-tensioners and a Tire Pressure Monitoring system.

To provide more vehicle protection, Pass Key 3+ which is an encrypted keyless remote entry system is standard as is a more robust steering lock, an inclination sensor to let you know of unauthorized changes in the angle of the vehicle such as when being jacked up. One year of OnStar is also included.

Comparables
Lincoln Navigator Max, Mercedes Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX.

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