The Cadillac Escalade has always symbolized American luxury, where bigger is always better. With the introduction of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V, this excess has reached new heights. For an extra $68,125 on top of the starting price of $85,690, Cadillac offers a powerhouse of an SUV with 682 horsepower, making it the most powerful Cadillac ever built.
Engine and Performance
The Escalade-V is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine that borrows most of its parts from the 2015-2019 Corvette Z06. With a larger supercharger, the engine delivers an impressive 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque. The engine produces a deep and powerful rumble, accompanied by a violent metallic cough on cold starts, full throttle, and overrun. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that clicks off gears with lightning-fast reflexes, allowing the Escalade-V to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Driving Experience
While the Escalade-V may not be the fastest SUV on the road, it more than makes up for it with its charming and rowdy driving experience. Despite its massive size, the Escalade-V feels confidently planted on the road, thanks to its independent rear suspension and expertly tuned air springs, magnetorheological dampers, and Brembo front brakes. The steering is precise and authoritative, making it easy to maneuver the 6,280-pound vehicle. The only downside to the driving experience is the choice of all-season tires, which do little to enhance the handling and performance of the vehicle.
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V may not be the most practical or rational choice, but it offers a driving experience that cannot be quantified by numbers and specifications. With its powerful engine, confident handling, and rowdy driving experience, the Escalade-V is a monument to American excess that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who drives it.