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Used Cadillac Escalade – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A black 2012 used Cadillac Escalade is facing left.

    For decades the Cadillac Escalade has been a leader in luxury and sophistication among full-size SUVs and continues to dominate the road. When looking at used Cadillac Escalade models, however, it is important to know the difference from one year and generation to another so that you can make sure you find one that best suits your needs. As new models are released, new features and options naturally become available, so choosing one year over another can actually make a very big difference when shopping used models.

    There have been numerous generations of the Cadillac Escalade, with major improvements and new designs available in each one. Keeping track of all of these generations can be difficult which is why a little research is so important to help you make just the right decision. No matter which version you look at, however, the Escalade is a high-end luxury SUV designed to be a full-size option for those who focus on sophistication and comfort.

    The current models hitting the road are part of the Fourth Generation of Escalades, which started in 2015. If you look at the earliest used Cadillac Escalades out there, then you will find the First Generation started in 1999 and only lasted until 2000. In 2002 the Second Generation began and lasted until 2006, with some important changes and different engines available between them. The Third Generation went from 2007 and lasted unto 2014, and some key differences can be found among those models.

  • 2007

    A black 2007 Cadillac Escalade is facing right.

    2007 marks the first year for third-generation used Cadillac Escalades and brought a full overhaul with an all-new design inside and out. These vehicles were built on the GMT900 platform that General Motors introduced for all of its full-size SUVs that year, including the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon, but the Escalade included many features that could not be found on those other models. It should also be noted that the 2007 models introduced a new engine for the Cadillac Escalade: a 6.2L V8 that can produce up to 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, which was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    The exterior of the Escalade was redesigned in 2007 with all sorts of new details and touches that brought it more in line with the sophistication and design of other Cadillac vehicles on the road. This SUV was available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, though it is not a great choice for going off-road. Instead, the all-wheel drive makes it a perfect option for dealing with snow and ice or other tough road conditions.

    Interior options and details on a used Cadillac Escalade from 2007 can be quite impressive due to the new features available that year. You can find one with a power liftgate, triple-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated first and second-row seating, a Bose 5.1 Surround sound system, and similar features. The interior received tremendous attention and included luxurious touches of leather and other high-quality materials to fully reinforce the sophisticated nature of the vehicle.

    One thing worth noting, however, is that two recalls have been released on 2007 Cadillac Escalade models over the years, both involving the electrical system. Any good dealership will make sure those recall notices have been taken care of before selling you a used model. But be cautious about buying one from a private seller and ask for documentation to prove these issues have been resolved.

  • 2008-2011

    A tan 2009 used Cadillac Escalade is parked with street lights behind it.

    Changes to the third-generation Cadillac Escalade in 2008 were pretty light overall, but there are a few things worth noting. Since this was only the second year of the generation, no major overhauls had occurred, and the differences between two used Cadillac Escalades from 2007 and 2008 will be pretty minor. They had the same engine and powertrain and were quite similar from the outside, though both are a marked improvement over the previous generation.

    One of the big changes in 2008 was the addition of the Platinum trim level, which introduced a number of features and options not included with the Base level. The Base level included a power liftgate, park assist, triple-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and heated front and second-row seating. The Platinum models, however, boosted the standard 18-inch wheels to 22-inch chrome wheels, upgraded the leather upholstery, and introduced a rear-seat entertainment system.

    The 2008 models also fall under the same two recalls as 2007 models involving the electrical system. Be sure to buy these vehicles from a dealership that takes care of such recalls to ensure they are safe on the road.

    There were not many significant changes in the 2009 model, so it is quite similar to a lot of other used Cadillac Escalades that you will find from this generation. A few things worth noting, however, include the fact that the Platinum trim continued to be available and that the existing engine was upgraded to be E85 compatible for the first time with this model. An optional blind-zone alert system was introduced to the safety features in 2009, as was a Navigation system with a rearview camera and real-time traffic updates. It is also worth noting that a Hybrid model became available during this model year, so you may be able to find some used Hybrids on the market.

    There are two recalls on 2009 models for issues with their electrical and fuel systems. As long as you buy a used Cadillac Escalade from a reputable dealership, then these issues should already be resolved, but be careful when buying from a private seller.

    Once again, only minor changes were introduced for 2010 models, so a used Cadillac Escalade from this year will likely be quite similar to previous ones. Perhaps the biggest change was the introduction of cylinder deactivation with the engine, which boosted the fuel economy for this year over previous ones. The clock graphics were improved in the baseline model to match the previous year’s Platinum clock, and side-impact airbags were introduced for the front seats to boost overall safety. Starting in 2010, four trim levels were offered: Base, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum, with different features available in each.

    For 2011, only minor changes were made once again – overall, most third-generation used Cadillac Escalade models are quite comparable, and all showcase the same high standard of quality and sophisticated design. The 2011 models feature an upgraded Navigation and entertainment system, which shifted from a DVD-based system to focus on the use of an SD card. Overall, however, 2011 models are similar to those from 2010, with the same four trim levels to choose from – so keep that in mind as you look at used ones.

  • 2012-2014

    A silver 2013 Cadillac Escalade is driving through a city tunnel in Cincinnati, OH.

    Changes, overall, for 2012 models of the Escalade were very minimal, even when compared to new features available in previous years. The same four trim levels were offered in 2012 as in 2010 and 2011, with similar features and options in each of them. Some minor enhancements to the Escalade’s Navigation system were introduced in 2012, which can make for a better overall experience than earlier models.

    One recall was issued for 2012 models concerning their ignition system, which is a good reason to buy only from a reputable dealership that will ensure these issues have been resolved.

    In 2013, the third generation of the Escalade was drawing to a close, so very little in the way of changes or improvements were made overall. While that might have been an issue in 2013, it simply means that if you find a used Cadillac Escalade from this year, then there is little to differentiate it from a 2012 model. You can shop for either 2012 or 2013 models and know you will find the same trim levels and features available between them. In other words, the market for used models from these years is very good for you as a buyer.

    With 2014, the third generation for the Escalade came to a close and little was done to mark its end. As you might expect, since so much attention was focused on the next year and the new generation it would bring, not much of anything was added to the 2014 model year. When shopping for a used Cadillac Escalade, this means you can buy any model from between 2012 and 2014 and know that it will be of the highest quality and you will not be missing out on anything. One note to keep in mind, however, is that the Hybrid option for this generation was not available – so if you want a third-generation used Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, then you will need to choose a model between 2009 and 2013.

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