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Used Car: 2014 Cadillac Escalade Review

Review Last Updated: 7/9/15

Test drivers reported that the 2014 Cadillac Escalade has a comfortable ride and a strong V8 engine, but that competitors have more luxurious cabins and are easier to maneuver.

A V8 engine comes standard in the 2014 Cadillac Escalade, and reviewers said it has ample power. They also praised the six-speed automatic transmission for its smooth, timely shifts. According to the EPA, the 2014 Escalade earns 14/18 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Critics noted the Escalade has a smooth, composed ride, but that it doesn’t have agile handling, due to its size and weight. They added that the Escalade has strong brakes, but that it's prone to nose dive under heavy braking.

The 2014 Cadillac Escalade's interior is constructed with mostly top-notch materials, according to some critics, but others added that a few areas of the cabin are of lesser quality. While they noted the front seats are comfortable and roomy, they said the third-row seats are cramped. The 2014 Escalade is among the class leaders in terms of cargo space, but some auto writers were disappointed that the third-row seats must be removed in order to maximize cargo room. Critics said that the Escalade doesn't have Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, which makes the center stack look less modern, but also simplifies audio and climate controls. Standard features in the 2014 Escalade include tri-zone climate control, navigation, a 10-speaker stereo system, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Available features include blind spot warning, a rear-seat entertainment system and temperature-regulated cupholders.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2014 Lincoln Navigator has spacious and comfortable seats in all three rows, according to auto journalists. They said the Navigator has a spacious cargo area, and they appreciated that there is a power-folding third row to maximize space.

Test drivers reported that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has an incredibly comfortable ride over uneven pavement, and it is easy to maneuver for a large SUV. They added that the first two rows of seats are comfortable, and that the third row can fit adults, albeit for a short period of time.

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