Cadillac Upgrades 2015 Escalade, Adds Platinum Edition

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Just a few months after Cadillac introduced the redesigned 2015 Escalade, the automaker has announced upgrades to the line of luxury SUVs and the arrival of a new range-topping model.

Related: 2015 Cadillac Escalade: First Look

All Escalades will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed automatic that the SUV had at launch, as well as 4G LTE wireless connectivity for (theoretically) super-fast onboard data service for personal electronic devices. A hands-free closing liftgate feature joins the already present hands-free opening feature, and a new Surround View camera system for the display screen allows a 360-degree view of the Escalade's surroundings.

By Aaron Bragman | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cyber-Security Experts Name 'Most-Hackable' Cars

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We'll get right to the point, as time is of the essence in this fast-paced new world of connected cars and cybersecurity anxiety: You may be driving one of the "Most Hackable" cars as designated by researchers. On Wednesday, Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek, director of Security Intelligence at computer security firm IOActive, presented a study at the 2014 Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, identifying popular car models they determined to be the vehicles most vulnerable to a remote cyber-attack.

Related: AAA Wants to Protect Personal Data With Connected-Car Bill of Rights

The top three Most Hackable vehicles are:

By Matt Schmitz | August 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Real-World Cargo Space

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Cadillac's extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV has twice the cargo room behind its third row compared to the regular version thanks to its 14-inch-longer wheelbase and additional 20 inches of overall length — 39.3 cubic feet compared to 15.2 cubic feet. The stretched Escalade has been redesigned for 2015, along with the regular-wheelbase Caddy, and the cargo area gains new usability.

Related: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Real-World Mileage

Escalade owners won't have to remove the third row for a more usable cargo area now with the Escalade's flat-folding second and standard power-folding third row. The cargo floor is higher than it used to be to accommodate the flat-folding seats, however, and overall cargo room is down 16.5 cubic feet compared to the 2014 version. The higher load floor could put off some owners. The cargo area still eats up common items without a flinch, which you can see below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

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Cadillac is making it easier for you to simply drop your smartphone in a secured bin and focus on driving. The company will offer Powermat wireless charging on the new 2015 ATS coupe and sedan when they go on sale this fall.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS What's Changed

The rubberized mat will be located in the storage bin that's hidden behind the motorized door/touch-screen in the center console. The mat wirelessly charges compatible smartphones via electromagnetic induction technology. Just drop your phone onto the mat and charging begins automatically. The new feature will debut on the 2015 ATS, but it will be rolled out to the CTS sedan this fall and the Escalade SUV by the end of the year.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Real-World Mileage

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The driverless car isn't a consumer reality yet, so if you need an intelligent, spacious and powerful road tripper, the redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade may well fit the bill. It's not perfect, but it has enough features to help drivers cover long distances, such as from Chicago to Orlando, Fla., and back, in relaxed comfort.

Related: No Joke: We Drove a $73,000 Chevrolet Suburban

Before tackling how this full-size luxury SUV handles the above — which it should at a tested price of $90,985 — here is a look at the mileage from our nearly 3,000-mile journey.

By Patrick Olsen | July 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

No Joke: We Drove a $73,000 Chevrolet Suburban

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What do you call a $73,000 Suburban? An Escalade.

That joke would've killed around here just a couple of weeks ago, before we got the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ into our test fleet here at Cars.com's Chicago home base and noticed the full-size SUV's extravagant sticker price: $72,835, including a $995 destination charge. The discovery was met with unanimous disbelief and a chorus of incredulous voices demanding to know, "Whaaaat?" Yes, it would seem that this non-luxury nameplate can now be purchased at a decidedly luxury price.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban: First Look

We'll get to how you can run up such a high bill in a minute. But first let's consider what else you could buy for roughly that price (without regard for specific body style, features or options) using the Cars.com search feature:

By Matt Schmitz | May 22, 2014 | Comments (27)

Recall Alert: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,402 model-year 2015 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs

The Problem: A faulty weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel could cause only partial airbag deployment in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. GM said the supplier has already corrected the problem and that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: According to a statement from GM, the automaker told dealers to stop selling the 2015 Escalade and sent overnight letters to the 224 customers who have already taken delivery of the affected vehicles. Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Price Increases $7,950

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The base price of the Escalade is, well, escalating in the new model year. Cadillac announced that the latest version of the luxury SUV will start at $72,690, including a $995 destination charge. That's nearly $8,000 more than the base price of the outgoing 2014 version and a whopping $9,145 more than one of its competitors, the 2014 Infiniti QX80, which has a starting price of $63,545 including a destination charge, but still nearly $11,000 less than the 2014 Lexus LX 570, which starts at $83,540 with destination. The 2015 Escalade is set to arrive at dealerships in the spring.

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The reason behind the dramatic spike in price is that Cadillac dropped the previously available base model, which started at $64,740, including destination. Donny Nordlicht, a Cadillac spokesman, said that model was sold only in "extremely limited" quantities and discontinued in the first month of the model year's production (Cars.com shows just 31 base-model 2014 Escalades available in its online inventory out of over 4,000 available). The 2015 starting price applies to the lowest trim level, now called the Standard, which comes with a host of equipment not available on the 2014 base model.

By Matt Schmitz | January 22, 2014 | Comments (13)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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After nearly eight years without a redesign, the Cadillac Escalade is making a comeback for the 2015 model year with a new platform, new look and new interior. The Escalade stepped out for the first time Wednesday at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and, like many of the city's rich and famous for whom it's the luxury SUV of choice, we immediately noticed the work it's had done to its face and body. The angular mug and blocky shape of the extended-length ESV are accented by LED headlights and LED piping in front and rear, and it's blinged up with standard 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside are high-gloss features such as real-wood trim, the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system, a 12.3-inch gauge display, and second- and third-row seats that tumble flat at the push of a button for maximum cargo space.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

When the new Escalade arrives at dealerships in the spring, you won't find the EXT or hybrid versions, both of which have been kiboshed. But you will find that the remaining trims boast substantial horsepower and torque increases. Check out the gallery below; photos by Cars.com's Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2013 | Comments (3)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Video

Cadillac's king of bling is redesigned for 2015 with — you guessed it — even flashier styling and a more luxurious interior. A large, bold grille, dynamic LED headlights, striking rear LED light pipes and a blocky silhouette make it a dramatic departure from the outgoing model.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

For 2015, the Escalade returns in regular length and extended-length ESV models; the pickup-truck-like EXT and hybrid models have been discontinued. Check out the video for more details.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

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