September 21, 2023


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2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V in Radiant Pink Tintcoat (a $1225 colour possibility)

Consumer Guide Automotive 2023 Cadillac Escalade 4WD V-Collection

Class: Premium Massive SUV

Shade: Radiant Pink Tintcoat

CG Report Card
Room and Consolation A
Energy and Efficiency A-
Match and End A
Gasoline Financial system D
Worth C
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of the complete mannequin lineup.
Huge & Tall Consolation
Huge Man A
Tall Man A
Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Engine Specs 682-horsepower, 6.2-liter
Engine Kind Supercharged V8
Transmission 10-speed automated
Drive Wheels 4WD

Miles pushed: 128

Noticed gas economic system: 12.8 mpg

Driving combine: 70% metropolis, 30% freeway

EPA-estimated gas economic system: 11/16/13 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)

Gasoline kind: Premium fuel 

Snow efficiency: N/A

Base worth: $149,195 (not together with $1795 vacation spot cost)

Choices on check automobile: Tremendous Cruise ($2500), console fridge ($700), particular paint ($1225), rear-window express-down credit score ($50)

Value as examined: $155,365


Fast Hits:

The nice: Spectacular melding of energy and refinement

The great: Identical luxurious lodging and spacious cabin as “normal” Escalade

The not so good: Excessive worth, dismal gas economic system


Tom Appel:

Asking the query: Is the Cadillac Escalade-V an excessive amount of of a superb factor? Let me inform you a narrative…

On particular events, my mom would make plum dumplings for Sunday breakfast, one thing my sister and I very a lot appreciated. I recall one Sunday on which we had been handled to stated dumplings, my sister, then three years of age or so, expressing—loudly—concern concerning the quantity of sugar my father had sprinkled on her breakfast. My father rapidly acquiesced to her demand for added sugar, partly as a result of we needed to get to church, and partly as a result of her whining was profoundly annoying. As dad fastidiously added a modest further dose of sugar to my sibling’s plum dumplings he requested, “higher?” With no phrase, my sister took the spoon, dug it deep into the sugar bowl, got here up with a wholesome, rounded tablespoon of the white stuff, and dumped all of it proper in the course of her plate. “Extra higher,” she responded.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

Right here’s the deal, the plum dumplings had been fairly candy unsprinkled. Wanting again with an grownup eye, I’m fairly certain the extra sugar did little to boost the dumping expertise, although as a child, there actually isn’t a too-much-sugar line within the sand. And that’s type of how I really feel concerning the Escalade-V. It’s so good to begin with, I’m undecided dumping sugar—or horsepower—on it makes it higher.

It Is right here that I need to admit that, gas economic system and worth apart, the ‘V compromises little in the way in which of consolation or comfort in turning into a brilliant Escalade, save perhaps for slightly little bit of freeway experience refinement. However oh, that worth…

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2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

The 2023 Escalade is a Client Information Finest Purchase, this as a result of it does nearly every part very effectively. However even a base Escalade is a dear proposition.

For 2023, the Escalade lineup begins with the Luxurious trim stage ($82,985 together with vacation spot) and ascends in worth and content material by means of Premium Luxurious ($91,985), Sport ($94,785), Luxurious Platinum ($109,285), and Sport Platinum (additionally $109,285). Every trim stage is offered in long-wheelbase ESV kind, which provides $3000 to the underside line. Additionally out there throughout the lineup is 4WD, which additionally provides $3000 to the underside line.

First Look: 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

New to the big-Caddy lineup for 2023 is the Escalade-V. The brawniest of Escalades includes a host of efficiency upgrades and distinctive trim components, and begins at $152,885. The ‘V comes with normal 4WD and will be had on standard-length or ESV fashions.

Aside from distinctive exterior and cabin trim components—which to this editor’s eyes look nice—the large Escalade-V story is underneath the hood. Changing the usual—and many strong—420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, is a supercharged model of the powerplant, good for a rated 682 horsepower. Just like the “base” engine, the supercharged mill mates completely to a 10-speed automated transmission.

Be aware {that a} 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine can be out there for non-V Escalades. The graceful diesel is a $1600 possibility, and returns an EPA-estimated 22 mixed MPG.

Commonplace on the ‘V, and out there on sure different Escalade trim ranges are Cadillac’s Magnetic Journey Management, and Air Journey Adaptive Suspension. Although shared with lesser Escalades, each programs have been tuned particularly for the ‘V’s sportier mission.

Client Information lately spent every week behind the wheels of a standard-wheelbase 2023 Escalade-V in Radiant Pink geared up with Basic Motors’ Tremendous Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, and console fridge. All instructed, our check truck got here in at a cool $155,365. That’s lots of further sugar.

Like each current-generation Escalade we’ve evaluated at Client Information, the cabin impresses instantly. The ‘V is as roomy as any Escalade, which is to say, lots spacious. Inside supplies and construct high quality are apparently contact notch, and the gloss-black trim accented by a reserved measure of metallic shiny work come of as well stylish. Fairly candy.

When the present technology of Escalades was launched for the 2021 mannequin 12 months, Cadillac made an enormous deal of the SUV’s curved 38-inch “OLED” (natural LED) contact display screen. Whereas the display screen will not be the fairly the technological marvel it was made out to be, it does make for a mighty useful and simple to make use of programs interface. The display screen responds promptly to the touch inputs, the colours are shiny and tasteful—and don’t wash out in direct gentle—and the first controls are intuitive and easy to make use of.

An extra inside level: one among our editors famous that the cabin smells good. We’ll credit score the good swaths of actual leather-based.

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2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

On the highway, the Escalade-V feels just about like another Escalade, although it’s a lot, a lot, quicker accelerating. We’ve no drawback with Cadillac’s 4.4-second 0-60 estimate for the ‘V. The truth is, we wouldn’t be stunned if that quantity was slightly conservative. Extra necessary than the uncooked sum of all that thrust is the truck’s clean and progressive energy supply. In common driving, the Escalade V is among the many most-refined autos we’ve examined right here at Client Information. Hit the throttle, nevertheless, and the three-ton Cadillac springs ahead with velvety immediacy. The transmission is a benchmark of silky shifting, and is at all times prepared with a well timed downshift for passing and merging.

This writer discovered the tuned exhaust be aware to be obnoxious, nevertheless. And the noisy start-up throttle blip is an pointless nod to stop-light racers and Pep Boys performance-parts buyers. Happily, the exhaust noise fades away on the freeway and through regular cruising.

As for dealing with, our standard-wheelbase check truck boast strikes sudden of a automobile laden with this a lot mass. Whereas we hesitate to say any Escalade handles effectively, Caddy’s huge bruiser can he hustled with enthusiasm, and is definitely entertaining to pilot by means of site visitors.

We noticed 12.8 mpg throughout our cold-weather analysis. This quantity matches the EPA mixed estimate, and included some chilly-weather idle warm-up time. Sure, that’s kinda crummy mileage, however it borders on miraculous given the Escalade-V’s energy and heft. Be aware that you can be filling your ‘Slade with premium gas, which can make for some really breath-taking fill-up tabs.

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2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

A couple of extra issues value noting, and these just about apply to all Escalades. We love the large sunroof, which opens above the primary two seating rows. We additionally admire the beefy, leather-wrapped steering wheel, which feels nice when doing issues that verge on sporty. The dark-wood cabin trim components come off as particularly stylish and wealthy trying. And—and we’ve got talked about this earlier than—the AKG audio system is amazingly good—no less than when taking part in again the mid-century jazz this writer is so keen on. Jeep’s McIntosh programs is excellent, however we’re going to provide the nod to Caddy right here. And whereas we’re speaking audio, Lincoln’s Revel system deserves an honorable point out.

We’re considerably skeptical that including the V suffix to your huge Cadillac will convey you $45,000 value of extra Escalade happiness. Nevertheless it may. For the patron who actually desires one thing much more unique than the usual Escalade, the Escalade-V would be the candy, more-better possibility you’ve been in search of. Simply keep in mind, all that further sugar is dear.

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