2017 Cadillac Escalade: Cadillac's Biggest SUV Maybe Pricey But It's A Powerful Beast

Mar 30, 2017 06:50 PM EDT | Anthony Hunter

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade is unique for a luxury SUVs because of its large size, powerful powertrain, and bold styling. However, it comes up a bit short when it comes to refinement and convenience.

For 2017, the Cadillac Escalade gets minor updates to the content of its trim levels. Brand new features include a teen driver monitoring system, an automated system for parking, a rear passenger reminder, and an innovative rearview mirror that incorporates a camera view.

This full-size SUV makes a full statement from its large grille to the massive heavily styled bodywork. It also loaded with a lot of comfort and convenience features that are sure to please the luxury-minded shoppers.

Under the hood, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear wheel drive is standard. The engine highlights a fuel saving technologies in the way of direct injection, variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management.

On the inside, the Escalade features attractive and high-quality materials. The automaker's CUE infotainment system is very appealing, as well as the rest of the controls located in the center stack of the dashboard. In addition, Escalade's cargo capacity can be compared to other large SUVs. It gives 15.2 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat, 51.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and also 94.2 cubic feet behind the first-row seat.

The new Escalade also is packed with new safety equipment that is offered for all trim levels. It includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, traction and stability control, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard safety features include a teen-driver management system, front and rear parking sensors, a reminder to check the backseats for child occupants before leaving the interior, surround-view exterior camera, and the Onstar system that has an automatic crash notification, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance, on-demand roadside assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade also has impressive towing abilities that most rivals can't match. It's capable of towing up to 8,300 pounds. There are many full-size SUVs out there that are far better to drive every day, but no one can match the style element that the Cadillac Escalade makes.


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