The 2017 Cadillac Escalade is classified as a full-size luxury SUV with seating for seven passengers. It is available in the base trim, then moves up to the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum models. An even larger Escalade ESV extended-wheelbase model is covered in a separate review.
Escalade trim includes
20-inch alloy wheels
LED headlights with automatic high beams
automatic windshield wipers
power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors
rocker-sill passenger steps
cargo rails for the roof
a trailer hitch receiver and wiring harness
Magnetic Ride Control suspension
keyless entry and ignition
front and rear parking sensors
and a system for automated parking.
Within the Escalade cabin you’ll find three-zone automatic climate control
a customizable instrument display
a power-operated and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wood trim
heated and cooled 12-way power-adjustable front seats
driver seat memory functions, heated second-row bucket seats
a power 60/40-split folding third-row seat, and a 110-volt power outlet.
Other technology-related features include active noise cancellation,
a teen-driver monitor with control over certain vehicle settings,
universal garage-door opener,
OnStar emergency telematics,
an 8-inch touchscreen interface,
surround-view outside camera system,
CUE infotainment system, a navigation system with real-time traffic and voice recognition,
Wi-Fi hot spot,
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,
Bluetooth phone and streaming audio,
wireless charging pad, and a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with CD player,
satellite and HD radio, auxiliary audio input, and five USB ports.
The Luxury trim adds 22-inch wheels,
forward collision alert with low-speed crash mitigation,
blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert,
lane keeping assist,
head-up instrument display,
vibrating safety-alert driver seat,
and power-adjustable second-row seats.
A new rearview mirror system uses the rearview camera to simulate a view unobstructed by passengers or roof pillars. When the simulated view is deactivated, the mirror gives you a conventional reflection of the view to the rear.
Stepping up to the Premium Luxury trim adds adaptive cruise control, a single-screen rear-seat entertainment system with HDMI and MHL input, plus two wireless headphones. The Platinum trim includes power-retractable passenger steps, unique exterior and interior style treatments, a cooled center console bin, premium leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats with driver massage functions, dual rear entertainment screens and a faux-suede headliner.
Select features are available on supporting trims as options. A power-adjustable second-row bench seat is available for Premium and above trims, increasing seating capacity to eight.