The Cadillac Escalade is the 2013 Best Luxury Full-Suze SUV for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.

Test drivers say the 2013 Cadillac Escalade has powerful acceleration and surprisingly agile handling. However, many reviewers say that its aging design doesn’t hold up well against newer rivals.


Under the Escalade’s hood is a V8 engine, which reviewers say is powerful. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and reviewers note that it shifts promptly and smoothly. The Escalade gets up to an EPA-estimated 14/18 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the Infiniti QX56 and Toyota Land Cruiser. In terms of handling, critics say the Escalade is fairly agile for a large SUV and has a smooth ride. Auto critics do point out that drivers will have a hard time parking because of the Escalade’s bulky size. One auto writer says its brakes provide good stopping power.

On the inside, reviewers think the Escalade has a luxurious look and feel, with high-quality materials. As far as seating, the automotive press says that the first and second rows are comfortable, but a majority says the third-row seats are cramped and uncomfortable. One reviewer says that with car seats in place, all rear seating positions lack head- and legroom, even for children. Reviewers dislike the cumbersome task of removing the heavy third-row seats to maximize cargo space, but also note that there is an impressive amount of space once removed. Critics say that the Escalade has well-placed audio and climate controls and an intuitive navigation system. Notable standard features include a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, Bluetooth, USB port and rearview camera. Optional features or features available on higher trims include a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and blind zone alert.

The Cadillac Escalade comes with standard seating for seven and rear-wheel drive. It has a 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission in all trims. There are three models available: the standard wheelbase Escalade, the long wheelbase Escalade ESV and the Escalade Hybrid, which is reviewed separately. Both models are available in four trims: Standard (Base), Luxury, Premium and Platinum. Higher trims add upgraded interior materials and features. All-wheel drive is optional on all trims and models.

For more information about the Escalade, or to take a look at any Cadillac vehicle, contact Larson Cadillac Saab.

7 Jul 2013

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