2010 Initial Quality Study Results
2010 Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade is GM's flagship, full-size sport utility vehicle. Built on a truck platform, the well-appointed Escalade is offered in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations with 8-cylinder power or a fuel-efficient hybrid option.
The first Cadillac Escalade debuted in 1999, following the introduction of the Lincoln Navigator-its direct competitor. Since both SUVs were simply up-market models of existing sport utility vehicles (the GMC Yukon and the Ford Expedition), their gestation period for development was short and costs were kept to a minimum. In addition to the aforementioned Lincoln, the Escalade competes with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and other premium sport utilities.The current, third-generation Cadillac Escalade was introduced in 2007. Riding on a truck-based frame (the "GMT900" is also shared with the Yukon, Chevrolet Silverado and Suburban), the Escalade has been fitted with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine (not offered on its sibling SUVs) or the choice of hybrid power. The 2010 models received new safety enhancements.
Dimensions and Interior Room
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Features and Options
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade is offered in six different models: V8, V8 Luxury, V8 Premium, V8 Platinum, Hybrid, and Hybrid Platinum. All models are offered with a choice between rear- or all-wheel drive. The list of standard features is extensive. In addition to a full complement of power accessories and convenience features, Escalade models offer standard leather upholstery, adaptive remote start, heated and cooled front seats, rearview camera, ultrasonic park assist, XM satellite radio, a navigation system, and more.
The Luxury models add a heated steering wheel, IntelliBeam headlights, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, power-folding second-row seats, power sunroof, side blind-zone alert, and more. The Premium models add a rear-seat entertainment system with DVD player, power-retractable running boards, and more. Lastly, the Platinum models feature additional amenities including heated and cooled cupholders, LED headlamps, wood trim, dual-screen rear entertainment, upgraded leather upholstery, and more.
The standard powerplant for the 2010 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission to a rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrain.
The Escalade Hybrid features a completely different powerplant but shares the choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrains. Under the hood of the Hybrid is a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two 60-kW electric motors that provide propulsion with or without the gasoline engine's assistance, based on driving conditions (a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery supplies power). The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Cadillac Escalade ranges between 13 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Crash TestingNHTSA Model 4-Door Front Driver 5 stars Front Passenger 5 stars Side Driver Not Tested Side Rear Passenger Not Tested Rollover 2WD 3 stars Rollover 4WD 3 stars IIHS Frontal Offset Not Tested Side Impact Not Tested Roof Strength Not Tested Study Results2010 IQS Highest ranked2010 VDS -2009 APEAL -Safety and Crash Testing
|Front Driver||5 stars|
|Front Passenger||5 stars|
|Side Driver||Not Tested|
|Side Rear Passenger||Not Tested|
|Rollover 2WD||3 stars|
|Rollover 4WD||3 stars|
|IIHS||** TOP SAFETY PICK **|
|Frontal Offset||Not Tested|
|Side Impact||Not Tested|
|Roof Strength||Not Tested|
|2010 IQS||Highest ranked in segment|
|2010 VDS|| |
|2009 APEAL|| |
To learn more visit:
2010 Cadillac Escalade Model Page
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