New For 2013
Cadillac’s iconic Escalade carries over from 2012 mostly untouched. Base, Hybrid, and ESV models see the addition of three new exterior colors: silver coast metallic, midnight plum metallic, and sapphire blue metallic.
The Escalade is characterized by its all-American opulence, from an oversize chrome grille and large chrome portholes and wheels to vertical LED taillights. The buyer’s first decision is which version to choose: the standard Escalade or the twenty-inch-longer ESV (think of the ESV as a Chevrolet Suburban in Cadillac clothes). Although the ESV is larger and weighs a bit more, opting for it doesn’t result in a fuel-economy penalty, at least according to the EPA scale. Both the short- and long-wheelbase models use GM’s 6.2-liter V-8, whose 403 hp is more than enough to motivate the Escalade, which can be configured to hold six, seven, or eight passengers. For those who want to burnish their eco credentials, Cadillac offers the Escalade in a Hybrid version. (But, really, what could be more incongruous than a giant SUV with a hybrid badge?) Using GM’s patented two-mode hybrid system paired with a 6.0-liter V-8, the Escalade Hybrid achieves a respectable 21 mpg in the EPA combined cycle. No matter which version you pick, the ride is plush and somewhat bouncy thanks to the Escalade’s pickup-truck platform and body-on-frame design.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are traction and stability control with rollover mitigation, Ultrasonic rear parking sensors, a backup camera, tire-pressure monitoring, and OnStar telematics with automatic crash response and emergency services and a one-year free trial. Blind-zone alert is optional.
- Luxurious interior
- Impressive cargo and towing capacity
You won't like:
- Busy center stack
- Rough truck-based ride and handling
Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
- Infiniti QX56
- Lexus LX570
- Lincoln Navigator
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class