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The 2022 Cadillac Escalade boasts a range of luxurious trims with equally impressive performance from two powerful engine choices. But its highly modernized tech offerings are the stars of the show, featuring an expansive infotainment system and high-quality sound systems across all models.
With bodywork inspired by Cadillac’s luxurious Escala concept car, the 2022 Escalade is a sleek upgrade to a mainstay on the full-size luxury SUV scene. Here’s an in-depth look at this all-American beauty, according to Car and Driver.
A luxurious interior and modern technology for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade
The beautifully appointed interior layout and high-tech features of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade are worthy of the SUV’s luxury status. In addition to the leather-upholstered seating, door panels, and dash (in all trims but the base Luxury trim, which is outfitted with faux leather), the cabin features adjustable lighting and aluminum speaker grilles.
While these accents are impressive, arguably the best part of the new Escalade is the infotainment system. It boasts 38 inches of stunning OLED screen space across three displays.
Back-seat passengers can stream content on an optional 12.6-inch display, and everyone will enjoy the immersive experience of a 19-speaker sound system (upgraded to 36 speakers in the Platinum models). An augmented-reality navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi round out the standard tech package.
The Sport and Premium Luxury models are customizable with a Touring package for those seeking the ultimate in luxury. This features refined touches like soft-close doors, illuminated door sill protector plates, and air suspension.
But the Premium Luxury Platinum is a cut above the rest with its massaging power-adjustable front seats, semi-aniline leather upholstery, AKG Studio Reference audio system, head-up display, and self-parking capability, among other sweet additions. However, with a starting price of $103,240, this SUV doesn’t come cheap.
While the base level Luxury trim is less fancy (reflected by a slightly more modest starting price tag of $77,890), it still includes helpful standard features like lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
The SUV highlights modern safety features
One of the coolest features in the 2022 Escalade will excite consumers interested in semi-autonomous driving. Cadillac’s award-winning driver assistance system, Super Cruise, is a standard addition to the Premium Luxury, Sport, and Platinum trims of the 2022 Escalade, according to Car and Driver. These high-end trims now also offer rear and front automated emergency braking.
MotorTrend reported on the 2022 Cadillac Escalade’s safety, as rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It received a solid overall safety rating of four out of five stars. Side and frontal crash ratings were five and four stars, respectively, while the SUV earned only three stars in the rollover test.
NHTSA safety testing on the Cadillac Escalade 2022 resulted in a four-star overall safety rating. The report includes a four-star rating on the frontal crash, a five-star rating on the side crash, and a three-star rating on the rollover test.
The Escalade features GM’s signature Buckle to Drive as an added safety measure on all trims, according to Motortrend. This ensures that the vehicle can’t be driven until the driver has buckled their seat belt.
GM Authority noted that this system stems from GM’s Teen Driver mode. The Premium Luxury and Sport models take this a step further with seat belts that automatically tighten for optimum safety.
The 2022 Cadillac Escalade offers powerful performance but lackluster fuel economy
According to Car and Driver, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade offers a smooth ride afforded by an all-new platform featuring independent rear suspension.
Engine-wise, the rear-wheel or all-wheel drive 2022 Cadillac Escalade features two options. The first is a 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and the second is a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. Both come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The turbo-diesel option offers better low-end torque and better fuel economy, which is an important consideration for such a large vehicle. To compare, the rear-wheel drive V8-powered Escalade gets a rating of 15/20 mpg city/highway, while the equivalent turbo-diesel-powered version gets 21/27 mpg city/highway. This represents a significant jump.
The outgoing Escalade got up to 23 mpg on the highway, so the V8-powered 2022 version isn’t winning in this category. However, Car and Driver did note that half of its cylinders can be deactivated to conserve fuel.
The 2022 Escalade is available to build and price now on Cadillac’s website in a variety of premium paint colors.
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