Powerful, imposingly bold, elegant, and plush. Welcome to the World of 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4WD Premium. When you look at the 2015 Cadillac Escalade pictures in a magazine or paper, both interior and exterior, you cannot but stand in awe of this redesigned Cadillac model. Here is Cadillac Escalade test drive review you may consider before you take out your wallet.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV is, without question, the biggest of the Escalade luxury SUV models. All about this SUV is massive. When you look at its expansive wheelbase or its V8 engine and Bose sound system, you will no doubt be impressed. The ESV broadens the Escalade’s appeal and preference through its absolute maximum comfort in passenger room as well as large cargo space.
Cadillac Escalade, until recent years, was a favorite of celebrities. Somehow, it lost its appeal. However, the redesigned 2015 model will put it back on the A-list. This model has the attributes similar to the full-size SUVs of Chevy and GMC and can be a big bargain when compared to its likes.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Pictures Comfort and Luxury
The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a longer-wheelbase version of the standard Escalade. It has seat capacity for seven or eight persons. Besides, there are three trim levels you will find: base, premium, and luxury.
The out wall of the Cadillac Escalade is equipped with more visual impact, blockier styling and more noticeable flourishes. The periphery gets a renovation as well. It is a sleeker and has more modern look highlighted by Cadillac latest “CUE” touch-operated infotainment system. Innovative security features are part of the 2015 Escalade’s range as well and include a new center front seat airbag and mechanical braking for accident mitigation.
This new model of the Escalades comes with a 6.2-lilter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. It has active fuel management tube deactivation and is paired with a 6-speed automatic. It is well- equipped, with attraction including magnetic ride control, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free power lift gate, keyless ignition and entry and tri-zone automatic climate control. Also included are heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated back seats and split power-folding third-row seats.
The EPA approximation for a rear-wheel-drive Escalade is 17 mpg returns (15 city/21 highways). The four-wheel-drive, 2015 model is rated at 16 mpg combined (14 city/21 highway). These figures are a little bit better than the competing gasoline-powered contenders and other SUVs. It has $89,900 price tag.
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One of the new features of this model is GM 4G LTE communications system which change the Escalade into a gently slopping WiFi hotspot. Others are full security equipment, 16-speker Bose audio system, including blind spot and cross traffic alert, bluetooth, rearview camera, satellite radio, automatic tri-zone climate control, sunroof, power lift gate, power adjustable pedals and 22-inch alloy steering wheels.
Another good addition is a power-operated third-row seat that now folds flat into the floor unlike those of its competitors. You do not need to physically remove the huge seat to truly enjoy the benefits of the Escalade’s cargo facility.
However, the negative aspect of this 2015 Cadillac Escalade is that the design has increased its already lofty cargo area load floor by an extra 4 inches. Those third-row seats are not spacious, and are best fitting only for children.
Escalade video system and interface
Inside the Escalade ESV’s handsome cabin, the 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system is superb, especially in a silent cabin. The virtual measurements are displayed on a 12.3-inch LCD color screen. However, we are less impressed with the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system. The 8-inch display is vivid. The escalade videos system with CD/DVD player provides good relaxation on motion.
One of the talking points of the new Escalade’s interior is the CUE infotainment interface which is set in a beveled case in the middle of the dashboard. While it is visually gratifying, operation of the system is a constant source of nuisance. Reactions to inputs via the touchscreen or physical buttons are slow and most times ignored altogether. To make matter worse is the complicated menu structure that is as unintuitive as these systems can get.
In conclusion, we have been pleased by the Escalade’s easy acceleration, whether around town or powering up an on-ramp, as well as its composed, planted manner while negotiating curvy roads. However, this gigantic Escalade is difficult to maneuver in stiff packing lots. In spite of speed or road facade, the cabin remains blissfully quite, but unlike past Escalades, the ride is not smooth over broken pavement. Having said that, there are not many more comfortable vehicles for long distance journey. Therefore, this is a recommended buy.