2013 Cadillac Escalade Overview
2013 Cadillac Escalade Overview
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade is a large, luxury SUV that is capable of seating seven or eight occupants. There is no shortage of luxury features, ensuring a ride that is soaked in comfort from beginning to end. It has a sort of road presence that commands respect with its large size and wheels, sophisticated body styling, and never ending chrome accents.
In addition to the visual excitation of the Escalade, it has loads of power with a massive V-8. It provides more than enough power for all the activities someone could think of, including hauling a strenuous load of nearly 8500 pounds. With such a large engine and power output, the fuel efficiency will inevitably take a hit. The 2013 Escalade has a combined fuel economy of 16 mpg, which isn’t that bad considering the 6.2-liter engine and nearly 6000 pounds in weight.
New for 2013
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade remains unchanged from the previous year.
The 2013 Escalade is offered in four trim levels which include the Base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum Edition options. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a locking differential, and an auto-leveling suspension. Upgrade to the Luxury trim and you get 22-inch wheels, blind-spot warning, a sunroof, automatic high beams, and a magnetically controlled suspension. The Premium level adds extra body-colored styling components, replacing standard chrome accents with painted wheels and dual-exhausts tips. The highest level of trim, the Platinum Edition, adds a whole new grill with custom wheels and powerful LED head lights.
Overall the 2013 Cadillac Escalade is full of luxury inside, and the exterior is designed and styled for everyone to know that. Its body is covered in chrome accents and larger chrome wheels. The body starts with a large bumper and fierce looking, wing-shaped grille that is covered with chrome trim and accents all throughout.
Interior & Cargo
The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior’s styling, loaded with trim accents and fierce curves. The interior is styled with soft leather upholstery, faux-wood and matching alloy trim. The dashboard has a very intuitive organization to it, guaranteeing easy use. Standard seating is for seven occupants but a second row bench can increase the seating to eight by replacing the standard captain’s chairs. The biggest complaint about the 2013 Cadillac Escalade is the third row seating, which is uncomfortable for anyone sitting in the middle seat. In addition, folding down the third row for extra storage creates a bump on the floor because the folded down row does not create a flush surface. However, the 60.3 cubic feet of storage isn’t affected too much by this inconvenience.
Standard features include automatic climate control, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated second row captain’s chairs, remote ignition, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, OnStar, Navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and an iPod connection. The Luxury trim adds a heated steering wheel and power flip-and-fold second row seats. The Platinum Edition adds upgraded leather upholstery, upgraded trim accents, temperature controlled cup holders, and a third row entertainment system.
Standard safety features on the 2013 Cadillac Escalade include automatic headlights, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front side-impact airbags, full-length curtain airbags, and OnStar emergency services. It received five stars for frontal and side crash protection, but only three stars for rollover potential during government crash tests.
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade comes equipped with a massive 6.2-liter, V-8 that pumps out a whopping 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes standard as a two-wheel drive layout, however, four-wheel drive is an option for those who want a little more mobility. Recent tests showed that it has an impressive zero to 60mph rate of just 7.5 seconds. That is faster than most economy compact and midsize sedans. At nearly 6000 pounds in weight, the EPA estimates its fuel economy to be 14/18 mpg city/highway but the four-wheel drive option lowers the city range to 13 mpg.
The Escalade’s large V-8 ensures that the driver has all the acceleration and power needed at all speeds. The suspension is stiff, which can be uncomfortable, but it also means a sturdy and responsive system to inspire confidence and security. In addition, it has a relatively tight turn radius, despite its overall large and bulky size.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Cadillac Escalade
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
- Infinity QX
- Porsche Cayenne