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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
Safety: N/A
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2015 Cadillac Escalade Review

The Cadillac Escalade’s luxe interior, composed handling, muscular engine performance, and solid reliability ratings help push it to the head of the luxury large SUV class.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Powerful V8
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Upscale, well-dressed interior
  • Many advanced safety features

 

 

  • Awkward infotainment system

 

2015 Cadillac Escalade Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac Escalade a Good Used SUV?

The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade is an excellent option if you’re shopping for a used 3-row luxury large SUV. The Escalade oozes grandeur. It has a suave, library-quiet cabin, a smooth ride, a hearty V8 engine, and lots of standard equipment. Luxuries aside, it’s a very sensible vehicle as well, thanks to its great reliability ratings, large cargo space, and abundance of advanced safety features. We named it the 2015 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families.

Used 2015 Cadillac Escalade Performance and Interior

The Cadillac Escalade has a V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. An eight-speed automatic and four-wheel drive are available. Both transmissions are a fine match for the refined V8, though the eight-speed automatic delivers faster and smoother gearshifts. Acceleration is brisk, and the Cadillac has effortless highway passing power. Fuel economy ranges from 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway (RWD) to 14 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway (4WD).

All 2015 Escalade SUVs are equipped with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension. It delivers a comfortable ride with minimal jitters over rough roads. The hefty Escalade can feel somewhat cumbersome around tight turns, but the Cadillac generally remains stable and composed on the road. Its steering is unusually precise and well-weighted for a large SUV, and its brakes deliver confident stopping power. The Escalade has a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds when properly equipped.

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The Cadillac Escalade seats seven across three rows. A second-row bench seat can replace the standard captain’s chairs and raise seating capacity to eight. The Cadillac’s first and second rows are comfortable and supportive, offering ample head- and legroom. The third row is cramped, however. If you plan to fill every seat on a regular basis, you’ll want the larger Escalade ESV, which has a cozier back seat with an extra 9.7 inches of legroom. All models have two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. Heated, ventilated, and leather seats are standard; a massaging driver’s seat is available. The base Escalade has 94.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while ESV models raise that figure to a vast 120.9 cubic feet.

The Escalade’s cabin is quiet, elegantly styled, and lined with quality materials. Fit-and-finish is excellent, and many interior surfaces are soft to the touch. Cadillac equips all models with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, keyless entry, power-folding rear seats, and a hands-free tailgate. While the infotainment and dashboard controls look sleek, they aren’t very user-friendly. The on-screen menus are confusing. Touch-sensitive sliders replace conventional knobs and buttons under the screen, and they can be awkward to use on the go. Available features include power-retractable side steps, a rear-seat DVD player, and a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield.

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Used 2015 Cadillac Escalade Prices

The price of a used 2015 Cadillac Escalade ranges from about $52,100 for the base model to around $64,200 for the Escalade Platinum trim. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

We researched 10 reviews of the Cadillac Escalade alongside hard data points like its reliability score and total cost of ownership to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and the writers and editors on our Best Cars team have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

The Escalade has good predicted reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That ranks it among the better vehicles on the road, besting the Infiniti QX80 and Range Rover.

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How Safe Is the Escalade?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have published full crash test results for the 2015 Escalade. However, the model has a long list of advanced safety features. All Escalades are equipped with front and rear parking sensors, as well as a 360-degree-view camera. Available features include forward collision and lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat (which vibrates to warn drivers of a potential hazard).

Should I Consider Another Used Escalade?

The 2015 Escalade marks the first model year of the vehicle’s fourth generation, which includes the 2017 Escalade. If you’re shopping for a 2015 model, you may also want to consider the longer Escalade ESV. The 2015 ESV offers substantially more cargo space and nearly 10 inches of third-row legroom, which makes the back row a much comfier place to sit. The trade-off is maneuverability; the ESV is nearly 2 feet longer than the standard Escalade, which can make it more difficult to navigate on tight streets and in parking lots.

Which Used Cadillac Escalade Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Escalade comes in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. The Escalade Standard trim has an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, USB inputs, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, tri-zone climate control, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, leather, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

The Escalade Luxury trim adds a head-up display, forward collision and lane departure warnings, blind-zone monitoring, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat. The Escalade Premium trim adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear-seat DVD/Blu-ray player. The Escalade Platinum trim adds a cooling function to the center console and a massaging driver’s seat.

You may also want to shop for 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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2015 Cadillac Escalade and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac Escalade or 2015 Lincoln Navigator?

You’re apt to find used 2015 Lincoln Navigator models for much less than comparable Escalades, and there’s a reason for that. The Lincoln’s cabin materials feel rather cheap by comparison, and it’s missing many of the Escalade’s advanced safety features. Both SUVs offer strong reliability, engine performance, and large towing capacities, but the Cadillac is the better luxury SUV.

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac Escalade or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a great alternative to the Escalade. Both SUVs have composed handling, strong engines, luxe interiors, and many advanced safety features. Used base models are often found within the same price range as well. The GL-Class offers better fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, thanks to its available diesel V6. The Escalade, however, has a larger cargo space and higher reliability rating.

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