2015 Escalade ESV Standard, Premium and Luxury – Buyers Guide and Pricing from $72k



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The 2015 Escalade is easily the hottest full-size truck of the year. Its arrival is still forthcoming, but the first Tahoe's and Yukon's are already starting to trickle onto dealer lots.

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Extra attention to the Escalade's cabin and driving experience explain why the Cadillac is not shipping first. But better late and perfect than early and unfinished.

For most buyers in the market for an Escalade-sized truck, there would be a few solid preference to keep in mind:

  • -- ESV length versus the shortie would be a no-brainer for me -- the price increase is only $3,000 but the increased functionality worth about $10,000 over the lifetime of the truck. Only downside is slightly higher fuel consumption and a bit less manuverable in tight cities. ESV is much smoother on the highway, however.

  • -- 4x4 also on my must-have list. despite how entertaining the RWD Escalades must be to drift.

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This leaves the choice among three ESV trim levels:

  • Standard

  • Luxury

  • Premium

The mid-spec luxury trim adds just enough to whet my appetite, without going overboard with the Premium's rear-seat Blu-ray system. There are almost no options to check, mercifully, once a trim level is chosen.

But I do recommend the all-weather floor mats and some kind of cargo tray liner -- just to make it easier to keep showroom fresh.

 

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PRICING -- 2015 Escalade

 

Select Drive Type

  • 2 Wheel Drive -- MSRP Starting at $72,690

  • 4 Wheel Drive -- MSRP Starting at $75,290

Select Trim

  • Standard -- MSRP Starting at $75,290

  • Luxury -- MSRP Starting at $79,290

  • Premium -- MSRP Starting at $83,790

  • ESV Standard -- MSRP Starting at $78,290

  • ESV Luxury -- MSRP Starting at $82,290

  • ESV Premium -- MSRP Starting at $86,790

**Do not forget to order the locking wheel lugnuts!!!  You will be glad you did, as these 22-inch wheels fit all GM trucks and are in high demand on the black market!

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The LED headlights are standard across the board, which is a great improvement versus the previous Platinum-only option that cost an extra $10,000 over the old Premium package. Platinum is not on the spec sheet this year, but might return some time in the future.2015 Cadillac Escalade 2015 Cadillac Escalade

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ESV Luxury -- Added Features

The Luxury Collection includes all the Escalade Standard features plus:

  • 22" dual 7-spoke premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

  • Driver Awareness Package

    • Side-Blind Zone Alert

      • Safety Alert Seat
      • Lane Departure Warning
      • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Change Assist

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

  • IntelliBeam® headlamps

  • Second-row power release fold-and-tumble seats

  • Power tilt-sliding sunroof

  • Full-color Head-Up Display (HUD)

  • More Cargo Space than Escalade

  • Selectable Four-Wheel Drive

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ESV Premium -- Added Features

The Premium Collection includes all the Escalade Luxury Collection features plus:

  • 22" dual 7-spoke premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

  • Driver Assist PackageIlluminated exterior door handles

    • Front Automatic Braking

    • Rear Automatic Braking

    • Automatic Collision Preparation

    • Adaptive Cruise Control with full-speed range

    • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening

  • Rear-seat entertainment system with 9"-diagonal overhead screenMore Cargo Space than EscaladeSelectable Four-Wheel Drive

    • Blu-Ray® compatible

    • Remote control

    • Two-channel wireless infra-red headphones

 

 

INTERIORS -- Kona Brown Leather is a Must.

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The Escalade is available with three interior themes that correspond with the primary leather seat color.

Power-operated captains chairs in the second row are standard, but a power-folding middle row bench is available as a no-cost option. Same goes for the black and tan leathers -- leaving best leather color a $2,000 upgrade that is well worth the money for its overall cabin ambiance lift.

This theme is called Kona brown and uses a wonderful new leather with open-pore surfaces and a rich grain unlike anything seen in the even the previous Escalade Platinum. It is easily the nicest and best-quality leather used in a GM vehicle in seven decades. None of the over-processed and over-slippery effect that makes the previous Escalade interiors seem little nicer than vinyl.

Black Leather

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2015 Cadillac Escalade -- Standard Features

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Mechanical

 
Engine, 6.2L V8 with Active Fuel Management Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT), includes aluminum block construction (420 hp [313.2 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 460 lb-ft of torque [621 N-m] @ 4100 rpm) (STD)
 
 
Transmission, 6-speed automatic, heavy-duty, 6L80, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode (STD)
 
 
Air cleaner, high-capacity
 
 
Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
 
 
Rear axle, 3.42 ratio
 
 
Rear wheel drive
 
 
Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty
 
 
Cooling, external transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
 
 
Alternator, 170 amps
 
 
Trailering equipment, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits and 7-way sealed connector
 
 
GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) (2WD models only.)
 
 
Suspension, Magnetic Ride Control with selectable sport mode
 
 
Automatic load leveling, rear
 
 
Steering, Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
 
 
Fueling system, capless
 
 
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
 
 
Brakes, VAC power, 17" disc, with Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Collision Preparation
 
 
Brakes, DURALIFE rotors with FNC (Ferritic Nitro Carburizing) coating
 
 
Brakes, Hill Start-Assist/Hill hold
 
 
Brake, parking, electronic powered
 
TAN Leather
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Interior

 
CUE Information and Media Control System with Embedded Navigation AM/FM stereo, 8" diagonal color information display featuring touch response, haptic feedback, gesture recognition and Natural Voice Recognition. Five USB ports, including one in the articulating storage door/bin, SD card slot and auxiliary audio port (STD)
 
 
Entertainment system, rear seat includes two 9" screen DVD players (Blu-Ray capable) with remote control, two 2-channel wireless infrared headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks on rear of center console, sound compression, CD-R and CR-R/W capability, LED backlighting display, MP3 capable (Includes (DNU) third row DVD screen.)
 
 
Bluetooth for phone streaming audio for music for select phones
 
 
Audio system, SiriusXM and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio includes a 3-month trial (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
 
 
NavTraffic is available in over 100 markets and works with your vehicle's navigation system to give you continuously updated traffic data right when you need it most - while you're driving. You'll avoid traffic tie-ups, save time and gas by getting alternate routes, and, in some cases, receive traffic speed and drive-time information. Plus, you can use NavTraffic at the same time you're enjoying SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You'll find that once you start using NavTraffic, you won't want to drive without it. (SiriusXM Satellite Radio and NavTraffic subscriptions sold separately or as a package after trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. NavTraffic available only in select markets. For more information, see siriusxm.com/navtraffic.)
 
 
Audio system feature, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 16 speakers
 
 
DVD screen, third row (Included with (U42) rear seat entertainment system.)
 
 
Seats, front bucket with leather seating surfaces, driver and front passenger, 12-way power seat adjusters including 4-way power lumbar control, independently heated driver and front passenger seat cushions and seatbacks (three settings) and 2-position driver memory (STD)
 
 
Seats, second row bucket, power configurable (STD) (May be substituted for (ATT) second row 60/40 split-folding bench seats.)
 
 
Active Noise Cancellation
 
 
Seats, heated and cooled driver and front passenger
 
 
Seats, heated second row
 
 
Seat adjuster, front passenger 12-way power
 
 
Seats, third row 60/40 split-bench, power, fold flat
 
 
Console, floor with covered storage, large and small storage bins, dual cup holders, electronic climate controls and second row heated seat controls (inside console: auxiliary power outlet, two USB ports, SD card slot and auxiliary audio port), 110-volt outlet and auxiliary power outlet on the backside of console
 
 
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
 
 
Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row
 
 
Steering wheel, power-tilt, color-keyed with wood and leather-wrapped rim, locking.
 
 
Steering column, power tilt and telescoping
 
 
Steering wheel, heated
 
 
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and Driver Information Center controls
 
 
Tow/haul mode selector, button located at end of shift lever
 
 
Driver Information Center with programmable personalization features such as door locking and unlocking, a trip computer with trip odometer and individual tire pressure read outs, fuel information such as range, average mpg, gallons used and oil life, and a message center that displays dozens of warning messages such as low fuel and door ajar
 
 
Gauge cluster, 12" color, reconfigurable with Driver Information Center
 
 
Head-Up Display, 4-color, reconfigurable
 
 
Windows, power, with driver and front passenger Express-Up/Down and rear passengers Express-Down
 
 
Windows, power, all doors
 
 
Door locks, power programmable includes lockout protection and delayed locking
 
 
Lock control, side door, electric
 
 
Pedals, power-adjustable for accelerator and brake
 
 
Memory settings includes two "presets" for driver seat adjuster, outside rearview mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering column and power-adjustable pedals
 
 
Remote Keyless Entry, passive entry, extended range
 
 
Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS), push button keyless start
 
 
Adaptive Remote Start
 
 
Cruise control, adaptive, full-speed range
 
 
Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
 
 
Theft-Deterrent Package includes (UTR) self-powered horn, (UTV) interior movement sensor and (UTU) vehicle inclination sensors, door lock shields and glass break sensors in rear quarter glass and liftgate window
 
 
Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry
 
 
Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm, self-powered horn
 
 
Sensor, vehicle inclination, will detect vehicle being towed or jacked up
 
 
Sensor, vehicle interior movement, will detect movement within the cabin of the vehicle
 
 
Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, front passenger and rear passengers
 
 
Defogger, rear-window electric
 
 
Power outlet, 110-volt
 
 
Accents, interior, piano black and chrome finish
 
 
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming, includes OnStar controls.
 
 
Lighting, interior, door handle release, door storage, console and footwell
 
 
Lighting, interior, with theater dimming
 
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Exterior

 
Wheels, 22" x 9" (55.9 cm x 22.9 cm) 7-spoke aluminum with premium paint and chrome inserts (Upgradeable to (RVA) 22" x 9" dual 7-spoke ultra-bright finish aluminum wheels with premium paint.) (STD)
 
 
Tires, P285/45R22 all-season, blackwall
 
 
Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
 
 
Wheel, full-size spare, 17" (43.2 cm) steel
 
 
Spare tire lock, hoist shaft
 
 
Sunroof, power, tilt-sliding with express-open/-close and wind deflector (Not included when (A4K) sunroof delete is ordered.)
 
 
Luggage rack, roof-mounted, chrome
 
 
Assist steps, running side board
 
 
Moldings, bodyside, chrome
 
 
Shutters, front active aero
 
 
Headlamps, LED high beam/low beam, light pipe
 
 
Headlamps, IntelliBeam, automatic high beam on/off

 

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Headlamps, automatic on/off
 
 
Lamps, front cornering
 
 
Tail lamps, LED illumination
 
 
Glass, deep-tinted (all windows, except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
 
 
Glass, acoustic, laminated, windshield and front door glass
 
 
Windshield, solar absorbing
 
 
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming, color-keyed with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and programmable to provide curb view when in reverse
 
 
Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
 
 
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
 
 
Door handles, illuminated
 
 
Liftgate, body equipment, power, hands free, programmable
 
Safety
 
Air bag, driver inboard seat-mounted for far side passenger protection (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with (AL0) Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
Air bags, seat-mounted side-impact, driver and right-front passenger for thorax and pelvic protection (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
Air bags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
 
 
OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
 
 
Front and Rear Park Assist
 
 
Rear Vision Camera
 
 
Lane Change Alert alerts driver when vehicle is approaching fast from the rear
 
 
Lane Departure Warning
 
 
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
 
 
Side Blind Zone Alert alerts driver when vehicle is in blind spot
 
 
Driver Awareness Package includes Safety Alert Seat, (UEU) Forward Collision Alert and (UFL) Lane Departure Warning
 
 
Driver Assist Package includes (KSG) Adaptive Cruise Control, (UGN) Automatic Collision Preparation, (UVZ) Front and Rear Automatic Braking and (AX7) Automatic Safety Belt Tightening

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Forward Collision Alert
 
 
Automatic Collision Preparation, collision avoidance and mitigation, vehicle forward movement, break prefill and intelligent brake
 
 
Safety Alert Seat haptic vibration in seat cushion works with safety features
 
 
Safety belts, first, second and third row belts to body, lap and shoulder all seating positions
 
 
Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
 
 
Door locks, child rear security
 
 
Tire Pressure Monitor System (does not apply to spare tire)
 
 
StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system with Rollover Mitigation, includes disable switch
 
 
Front and Rear Automatic Braking
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