2015 Cadillac Escalade Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Cadillac Escalade - Road Test Specs

2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV

(6.2L V8 FFV 4x4 6-speed Automatic w/ Prod. End 10/14)


Year Make Model2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
Vehicle Type4WD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$83,790
Options on test vehicleKona Brown With Jet Black Accents ($2,000), Power-Retractable Assist Steps With LED Lighting ($1,695), 22-Inch Dual Seven-Spoke Ultra-Bright Finish Aluminum Wheel ($500 -- includes 22-by-9-inch dual seven-spoke ultra-bright finish aluminum wheels with premium paint)
As-tested MSRP$87,985
Assembly locationArlington, Texas


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front engine, four-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,162/376
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod, two valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)420 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)460 @ 4,100
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic and column shifter with shifter-mounted button with Sport and Manual mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.03; II = 2.36; III = 1.53; IV = 1.15; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; R = 3.06
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.42


Suspension, frontIndependent with double wishbones, coil springs, self-adjusting magnetorheological dampers, hollow stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle with four trailing links, panhard rod, coil springs, self-adjusting magnetorheological dampers, hollow stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.3
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP28545R22 100H M+S
Wheel size22-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front13-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.6-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.3
0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph (sec.)9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 95.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.1
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 95.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON52.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.73
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)70.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,700

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's an obvious delay after whacking the throttle to the floor before the Escalade actually starts rolling, and even then, the throttle response is gradual. We found a quicker two-pedal launch eliminates this hesitance, but passengers won't like it as much. The V8 makes a great noise and the hulking Escalade is actually quite quick. Also, the power delivery is very good all the way up to the 6,000-rpm shift point when it makes very smooth shifts. Impressive speed at the end of the quarter-mile at almost 100 mph.
Braking commentsMedium-soft pedal didn't change feedback from first to last stop, but I could sense the brakes were getting hot by the final stop because the antilock braking system (ABS) wasn't working as hard to eliminate skidding. Still, it's a pretty amazing feat to stop a 3-ton truck in about 130 feet four times in a row and maintain consistent feel and distances.
Handling commentsWith the Sport mode engaged, I could sense every bump in our test track's surface through the steering wheel and the seat. The mass of each wheel was also evident as I could tell the suspension was reluctant/unable to manage all the forces on each wheel and I could sense the truck's lack of suspension travel -- and that's in the best circumstances at our test track. The lack of steering weight doesn't match the enormity of what the giant truck is doing on the outside, but the early onset of electronic stability control (ESC) does and lets the driver know that the laws of physics are still at work despite the serene experience behind the wheel.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/29/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)82.2
Relative humidity (%)8.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)18.9 (crosswind)
Odometer (mi.)1,718
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 combined/14 city/21 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.0
Driving range (mi.)546

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description16-speaker Bose surround-sound with active noise cancellation
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB, SD card
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Rear seat video and entertainmentStandard DVD player, RCA inputs, Optional Blu-ray player
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition, doors, tailgate
Parking aidsStandard front sonar, rear back-up camera, rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlStandard
Lane-departure monitoringStandard
Collision warning/avoidanceStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,845
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,848
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.9/48.1
Length (in.)203.9
Width (in.)80.5
Height (in.)74.4
Wheelbase (in.)116.0
Track, front (in.)68.7
Track, rear (in.)68.6
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)45.3
Legroom, rear (in.)39.0
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)24.8
Headroom, front (in.)42.8
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)64.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)64.4
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)62.6
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)22.0
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)94.2
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)51.6
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)15.2
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)39.13
GVWR (lbs.)7,300
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,460
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)8,100
Ground clearance (in.)8.0
Approach angle (degrees)15.7
Departure angle (degrees)23.1

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