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2014 Cadillac Escalade Review

Before a full redesign for 2015, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade closed out the generation in style. This 3-row SUV is both comfortable and powerful, but some rivals are easier to maneuver and feel swankier inside. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful base engine
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Small third-row seats
  • Third-row seats must be removed to maximize cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.7 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2014 Cadillac Escalade Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac Escalade a Good Used SUV?

If you're looking for a used SUV with a commanding amount of power, a capacious amount of passenger space, and a coddling interior, you'll get all three in the 2014 Cadillac Escalade. For its appealing combination of comfortable seating and standard technology, we picked the Escalade as a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families award.

The 2014 Escalade comes with a robust 6.2-liter V8 engine and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is about average for a luxury large SUV, at 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Though the Escalade is a truck-based SUV, its ride is pretty smooth and composed, and its brakes are strong. The downside to its hefty size and weight is that the Escalade can be difficult to maneuver, especially in tight spaces. It's also prone to take a nose dive under heavy braking.

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You'll find mostly top-notch materials inside; leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats pamper you and your passengers. In its standard configuration, the Escalade seats seven and comes with second-row bucket seats. Some models seat eight and swap out the bucket seats for a second-row bench seat. Given the Escalade's elevated height, some people may struggle to climb inside. The third-row seat is also a bit cramped. The extra-long Escalade ESV addresses the latter issue somewhat by extending third-row legroom from 25.6 inches to 34.9 inches. To secure child safety seats in the second row, there are two upper tether anchors (three with the optional bench seat) and two sets of lower anchors. There’s an additional tether anchor in the third row. The 2014 Escalade is a class leader in cargo space, but you have to remove the third-row seats to maximize cargo room.

An attractive amount of technology is included in the 2014 Escalade. The base infotainment center features a Bose sound system with 10 speakers, navigation, Bluetooth, rear audio controls, and satellite radio. Tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are also standard. Available features include blind spot warning, a rear-seat entertainment system, and temperature-regulated cup holders.

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Used 2014 Cadillac Escalade Prices

The price of a used 2014 Escalade depends on the vehicle's trim level, location, condition, and mileage. On average, you'll pay around $36,100 for a base model up to about $42,300 for a top-line model. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2014 Escalade is one of the most dependable SUVs in its class. Only two other models have an equal (or slightly higher) reliability rating: the Lexus GX and the Lexus LX.

How Safe Is the Escalade?

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade has an overall safety rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While it earns top scores for its performance in front and side crashes, the Escalade doesn't do as well in the rollover trial, which lowers its overall score. A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are standard – which is especially helpful given the size of the Escalade – and some models come with blind spot warning.  

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Should I Consider Another Used Escalade?

The 2014 Escalade belongs to a generation that spans from 2007 to 2014. A redesigned Escalade emerged for the 2015 model year. If you're looking to curtail your costs, consider buying a 2012 or 2013 model, which are very similar to the 2014 model year and may be cheaper. If you want more tech (like a W-Fi hot spot) and the flexibility of increasing your cargo space without removing the third-row seat, you may want to jump up to the 2015 model year.

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Which Used Cadillac Escalade Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Escalade is available in four trims (base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum) and two lengths (standard and the extra-long ESV). The base model does a great job of balancing cost with a healthy amount of comfort and convenience features. If you want to add a few extra treats without reaching an exorbitant price, the Luxury trim is a good option. Its second-row seats slide forward with the touch of a button to allow access to the last row, and the wood-trimmed steering wheel features heat and power adjustments. Other additions include Magnetic Ride Control (a rapidly adjusting suspension system that further smooths out the ride over uneven roads), automatic headlights, and 22-inch wheels.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Escalade. Cadillac CPO vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 106 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Like all our used luxury large SUV reviews, this 2014 Cadillac Escalade analysis is not based on our personal opinion. We compiled more than 100 pieces of information, getting down to the finer details like fuel efficiency, legroom, and cargo space. To help you make an informed buying decision, our overview explains how the Escalade and Escalade ESV compare with top rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

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2014 Cadillac Escalade and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac Escalade or 2014 Lincoln Navigator?

Contenders within the luxury 3-row SUV class tend to come with a hefty price tag. Out of the select few that offer the opulence and space with a smaller sticker price, the 2014 Lincoln Navigator is one of the least expensive. However, it lacks the brisk acceleration of the Escalade, and its interior feels outdated and of a lower quality.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac Escalade or 2014 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover is one of the most capable off-road SUVs. It’s the pick of the litter if your weekend to-do list often includes four-wheel-drive trails. Still, the Range Rover is just as refined on the inside as it is rugged on the outside. Notable qualities of its luxurious interior include rich materials covering every surface, an elegant design, and extravagances like USB ports in the second row. Before you commit to the Range Rover, you'll want to check your roster: this 2-row SUV only has room for five.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac Escalade or 2014 GMC Yukon?

With ritzy models like the 2014 GMC Yukon Denali (or its close kin, the Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ), you can get a luxury-grade large SUV without having to pay a luxury price. The uplevel Denali has lower ownership costs than the Escalade, but it doesn't skimp on amenities. It comes standard with treats like heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs with a power-folding feature, a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, and a power liftgate. 

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