The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is a fast and luxurious vehicle, and this full-size SUV is said to be an upgrade of the Escalade. With its 682 supercharged horsepower from a 6.2-liter V8 engine and 650 lb-ft of torque, Cadillac tends to justify its starting price of $150,000. This engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

This vehicle has many outstanding features such as a dual path seating system, surround vision camera, intelligent driver-assist suite, etc. Due to its impressive horsepower, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is not only comfortable but also impressive in terms of engine power and fantastic features. Keep reading this article for more information on all you need to know about this vehicle’s fantastic feature offers.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V cruising down the highway in Phoenix, Arizona.

Overview of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is an excellent balance between luxury and powerful performance, so you do not have to sacrifice one for another. As written above, it is a high-performance version of the Cadillac Escalade and can be compared to other SUVs with enormous power. It is the most powerful Cadillac of all time.

Some of these SUVs include the Mercedes AMG GLS 63, with 600 horsepower, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, 710 horsepower, and the Tesla Model X, with over 1000 horsepower. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is Cadillac’s version of a big and powerful SUV.

This vehicle is also costly compared to other powerful SUVs; it has a starting price of $150,000 (short-wheelbase version) and $153,000 (long-wheelbase version). The Mercedes AMG GLS 63 costs around $130,000, while the Tesla Model X costs around $140,000.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Driver’s side exterior shot of the Cadillac Escalade-V featuring the V-Series badge.

Features of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V (Long Wheelbase ESV Model)

All models of the Cadillac Escalade V are standard with an all-wheel-drive, and under the hood, there is a little plaque on top of the engine which shows who hand-built that particular V8 engine. 80% of Cadillac’s sales are in the short-wheelbase version and the remaining 20% in the long-wheelbase version.

Exterior Design

The 2023 Escalade V has Cadillac’s excellent magnetic ride suspension. According to Cadillac, they did tons of suspension tuning to make the vehicle come out the way they wanted it to. Stopping power was also improved from the standard Escalade, so there are massive Bembo brakes on the Escalade V.

This vehicle comes with standard 22-inch wheels that do not look as big as the car is already massive, and you will find a V graphic on one wheel if you look closely. The grille has also been upgraded for better airflow; it is huge, and so is the entire area below it. There are vertical side inlets to allow more air in, and unlike other big cars, they are there for functionality and not design.

As always, the taillights are massive and vertical, which has been a hallmark of the Escalade for several years. The running lights are also huge and vertical, which is a slight change but pretty cool.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Rear shot of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V driving down the highway in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Exhaust

Another significant upgrade in the rear of the Escalade V is the massive quad exhaust that sounds fantastic. One cool thing about the exhaust is that it has different modes for changing the sound. There is a sport mode, tour mode, stealth mode (which is super quiet), etc. You can dial up the levels of exhaust by pressing the V button, which is situated in the center-right next to the shifter.

Interior Design

You can access the different drive modes in the Escalade V by pressing the mode button on the left side of the steering wheel. When you click on that, you can browse through the different drive modes and see how every system is affected by each drive mode. The V model is the most high-performance drive mode you have access to.

There are little to no V badges in the vehicle; the seats do not have an aggressive sport styling; there is no carbon fiber trim and no Alcantara across the dashboard. Instead, the dashboard is designed with dark wood and stitched leather. This might be a little disappointing for anyone looking forward to a flashy interior design. It has the performance of a V model but the interior design of a regular Escalade.

However, you can find some amazing touches in the interior, such as the 38-inch screen divided into three screens. The center infotainment touchscreen (curved and tilted towards the driver), the gauge cluster screen (quite large), and the third screen, which is situated beside the gauge cluster screen (displays some information and controls).

One cool feature of this vehicle’s technology is augmented reality navigation. You can set a navigation destination on your gauge cluster screen, and the camera will show where you need to turn in real-time. You can also access a full-screen map and a night vision system.

Cadillac says that this vehicle comes with a 36-speaker stereo system from a company called AKG. There are speakers everywhere you look in this car, including unexpected places like the headrests and the entire dashboard. In the infotainment system, the passenger can turn down only their seat’s volume which is pretty cool.

The rearview mirror turns to a camera when you flip the switch, which is another fantastic feature. The Escalade V is offered with supercruise, an excellent driver-assist system that is entirely hands-off if you drive on a mapped road.

The wireless charger in this vehicle is an upright vertical hole situated in the center console area; you stick your phone inside, and it starts charging. There are top buttons in the front row that you can press to raise and lower the third-row seats.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
With the materials built upon the Platinum trim and Escalade’s signature curved OLED with 38 inches of total diagonal display, the Escalade-V cements itself within the V-Series.

The Backseat

The backseat is spacious, just like the regular Escalade; there is enough leg, head, hips, and knee room. Two captain chairs are set up in the back with a hole in the middle, making it easy to access the third row. There are climate controls to adjust the rear temperature, direct the airflow, etc. You also have access to heated rear seats and a little panel below the climate controls that pops out with cup holders.

There are charge ports, HDMI ports for your devices and rear screens, and a household-style power outlet for plugging in your laptop. One cool feature in the backseat is the rear screens; touch screens for rear entertainment with Hulu built-in.

There is not much room in the third row of the Escalade V, making it more comfortable for children. You can access the third-row seats by pulling a lever on the side of the second-row seats. There are two more USB C chargers on each side and a button you can press to make the second-row seats fold forward to climb out easily.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Close up of the 22-inch aluminum wheels on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V.

Cargo Area

The first exciting thing is that you can open up the glass without opening the entire tailgate by pressing a little popper in the tailgate. Also, you open the tailgate by pressing the Cadillac logo at the back of the Escalade V. The cargo area is massive even though there is three-row seating.

There are buttons in the cargo area that allow you to raise and drop the third and second-row seats if you need more cargo space. There is a household-style outlet for charging devices and more cargo space underneath (you can access this by lifting the cargo floor).


The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is a fantastic vehicle with impressive features; it is pretty spacious and is the best choice for a family vehicle. With all the features explained above, we can see that Cadillac has indeed managed to justify its high pricing.

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