2017 Cadillac Escalade Review

Jun 21, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

The Cadillac Escalade is known for its spacious interior and a luxurious feel, and this is just as true for the latest model as it has been in previous years. Even with increasing competition in the segment, the new model can hold its own, providing comfort, luxury amenities, room for as many as eight passengers, and great towing abilities. Based on previous trends, the new model should be available at some point early in 2017. We’ve taken a look at the specifications, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Styling

Over the years, the Cadillac has adjusted the style of their premium crossover, and it is now a bit blockier than it was when it originally debuted. This signature style should continue in 2017. The imposing exterior shows you that the Escalade is a serious SUV with power and refinement, and the interior has gotten even more luxurious throughout the years. Perhaps the only flaw with the design of the Escalade is that the load floor is fairly high, but this is balanced out by a nice, tall ride height that lets you see around obstacles on the road. The third row in the Escalade is also a bit cramped for adults, but that is a common problem in three-row vehicles. If you appreciate the bold look, the latest model won’t disappoint.

Technology

The modern cabin provides the most recent technology, something that is expected at this price point. The CUE touchscreen has seen enough updates in recent years to improve its functionality and ease of use, so drivers shouldn’t have any complaints with the infotainment system. The Escalade was one of the first models to offer Wi-Fi connectivity, and this service has increased in speed over the years, offering one of the best connections you’ll find on any vehicle in the market.

Safety

The Escalade is great at keeping you safe, both by preventing collisions and helping minimize the effects of those that occur. The blind-spot monitor system features rear cross-traffic alerts, and the lane-departure warning system includes mitigation to keep you in your lane on a busy road. There is even pedestrian detection that helps the car brake and prevents collisions, along with a multiview camera and adaptive cruise control.

Trims

The 2017 Escalade should offer the same trim levels as the current version, giving you four main options: the Base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. There is also an Escalade V Series and the Escalade ESV Platinum, both of which should continue, as well. Expect every single model to have safety technology, like parking sensors in the front and rear, and comfort from automatic tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats, and ventilated front seats. You should also expect standard conveniences, like split-folding rear seats, power-adjustable pedals, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors. Whether you’re interested in the base or more sophisticated trims, the Cadillac Escalade is a rewarding vehicle with a prestigious appearance, big engine, and refined interior.

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