General Motors' full-size SUVs are the inspiration behind the 2018 Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade has more standard and optional features, more brash styling and more power. However, other luxury large SUVs offer more usable cabin space and better performance than the 2018 Escalade. It finishes in 7th position in a class of 8 large luxury SUVs. This vehicle will suit anyone looking for a decent SUV that is as strong and muscular as a horse. It beats most luxury crossover SUVs by towing up to 8,300 pounds. We would also recommend our readers to check out the more refined Lincoln Navigator.
Does the 2018 Cadillac Escalade come with something new?
This luxury crossover SUV boasts of a 10-speed automatic in the 2018 year. It also comes with a Maple Sugar interior with Jet Black accents in the Platinum model.
Which trim levels does the Escalade have and what is their price range?
This body-on-frame, full-size luxury SUV is offered in the form of four trim levels that have different features and different prices depending on their superiority. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade's trims include Platinum, Premium Luxury, Luxury, and base. The Platinum and Premium Luxury offer some mind-blowing features while the base trim also boasts of some pretty impressive features and equipment.
It has an optional four-wheel drive while all Escalade models have a standard Rear-wheel drive. All models also have a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The base model of the 2018 Cadillac Escalade has a price tag that is the middle of the price range for large luxury SUVs; it can go for $73,995. On the other hand, the high-end Platinum 4WD trim level will cost you $96,095. You should keep in mind that the Escalade is more expensive than most luxury 3-row crossovers.
Which features are available in the 2018 Cadillac escalade?
This luxury crossover SUV has many quality standard features that include: an 8.0-inch screen with Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE, Magnetic Ride Control, heated steering wheel, hands-free liftgate, 20-inch chrome wheels, five USB ports, LED headlights and taillights, 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround audio sound system, interior ambient lighting, heated and cooled 12-way power front seats, heavy-duty towing package, wireless charging and leather upholstery.
The high-end Cadillac Escalade Platinum trim level will cost you more but it comes with some additional features that include: 22-inch premium wheels, power-retractable running boards, 18-way power adjustable front massaging seats, Mulan leather for the third row and premium Semi-Aniline leather seating surfaces for the first two rows, illuminated Platinum door sills, leather-wrapped instrument panel, console, and upper door trim, suede-microfiber headliner and door pillar trim, two 7.0-inch rear entertainment screens, a center console cooler and premium floor mats.
Which safety features are available in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade?
The IIHS gave the Escalade a score of Basic although it only tested front crash prevention. On the other hand, the NHTSA gave it a four-star overall rating out of a possible five stars in all crash tests.
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade has plenty of safety features that include: front and rear parking sensors, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Automatic Parking Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, OnStar with an automatic crash response, Teen Driver, a rear seat reminder feature, automatic high beams, a surround-view camera system, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Forward Collision Alert.
What does it offer in the interior?
The interior of the 2018 model is obviously much more improved than previous years, and we noted that one could get in and out of the car with relative ease. However, it is disappointing that it has a tight third-row seating and a poor build quality.