The 2013 Cadillac Escalade offers one of the segment's most powerful engines, which will make it a great vehicle for drivers who tow and like the feeling of strong acceleration when not towing. The Escalade remains relatively unchanged for 2013. All Escalade versions are roomy and luxuriously appointed, letting them haul family or friends or business associates in real comfort. The big 6.2-liter V8 engine supplies serious power for surprisingly quick acceleration. On the road, all Escalades are smooth and stable. They ride smoother than a Tahoe or Suburban yet at the same time are taut and well-controlled for surprisingly good handling by full-size SUV standards. The Escalade models deliver the comfort and amenities of a luxury sedan, including automatic climate control, heated leather seats, navigation, rearview camera, premium Bose audio, ultrasonic parking assist, and power-adjustable pedals. DVD entertainment systems and a moonroof are also available.
Power and Handling of the '13 Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade comes standard with a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Autoride suspension. Built on GM's full-size truck platform, Escalade comes with a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management, which shuts off half the engine's cylinders in certain conditions in order to reduce fuel consumption. All Escalade models make excellent tow vehicles. They share their platforms with the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche, and Silverado. An Escalade with all-wheel-drive (AWD) gets an EPA-estimated 13/18 miles per gallon City/Highway.
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2013 Cadillac Escalade Design
The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV. It looks like the Cadillac version of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and that's exactly what it is though there are many styling and equipment differences. The front end of the Escalade is dominated by a traditional Cadillac egg crate grille draped in chrome. The grille is flanked by three-element, vertical headlamps that tie the vehicle to the rest of Cadillac's lineup; LED headlights come on the Platinum. The bumper and front trim are cleanly integrated, and the Escalade looks more like a massive car than a truck. The 2013 Escalade cabin is roomy and luxurious. Interior fit and finish is very nice. The mix of soft, padded materials, genuine aluminum accents, chrome details and convincing faux wood combines with soft leather seats for an ambience on par with other luxury SUVs. Stepping up to the Platinum upgrades the existing leather and features details such as unique door sills and floor mats. Escalade comes standard with seven-passenger seating: front bucket seats, second-row bucket seats separated by a center console, and a three-passenger bench for the third row.
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The 2013 Escalade is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard features include leather upholstery; three-zone climate control; DVD navigation with rearview camera; Bose 5.1 Surround Sound; XM radio and NavTraffic; Bluetooth; rear park assist; power liftgate; 14-way power climate-controlled front seats; driver memory; adjustable pedals; 50/50-split removable third-row seats; power tilt wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel; HID headlamps; heated, power folding mirrors; roof rack; running boards; and trailer hitch and wiring.
Escalade Platinum includes everything in the Luxury Package plus upgraded aniline leather with French seams, color-contrast stitching and the Cadillac logo embroidered in the front seats. Additional leather is used for trim on the dash, center console, and doors, complemented by unique wood and aluminum trim, door sills and floor mats. Platinum models also include LED headlamps, heated and cooled cupholders, and an independent DVD entertainment screen in each front seat headrest in addition to the one overhead.
Safety features on all Escalade models include anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes with EBD and Brake Assist; and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing. Passive safety features include front seat belts with pretensioners and load-limiters, dual front airbags, side airbags for outboard front seats, and side-curtain airbags that span all three rows of seats. Tire-pressure monitors and OnStar 9.0 are also standard. For more on this model, visit the official Cadillac Escalade website!