Cadillac Shines in 2022 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

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While dependability can be difficult to quantify, J.D. Power does this hard work year after year in its annual Vehicle Dependability Study. In the 2022 results, Cadillac got an above average score and even outperformed many of its rival luxury brands.

The Vehicle Dependability Study covers 184 areas in nine categories. J.D. Power surveys new vehicle owners after three of ownership and asks them to rate their vehicles in these areas. The survey covers things like climate controls, infotainment, powertrain performance, and driving assistance (new for 2022). The scores are recorded as Problems Per 100 Vehicles (PP100). The higher the score, the more problems a vehicle has.

With a PP100 score of 168, Cadillac earned a fourth-place finish among premium brands. The average score among luxury brands was 204 PP100, while the mass market average was 190. Luxury brands tend to have more reported problems because they are equipped with more advanced technology.

It’s also worth noting that both the Cadillac XT4 and XT5 received good individual vehicle scores in their respective segments. Just in case you need more motivation to bring home one of these sophisticated SUVs.

Celebrate Cadillac’s performance on the J.D. Power’s most recent Vehicle Dependability Study when you test-drive your favorite Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac.

Onyx Package Available for the 2022 Escalade.

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Supply chain difficulties have caused a lot of delays in the auto industry. Many features and options that brands wanted to include for the 2022 model year just aren’t available. However, we have learned some good news — the Onyx Package is once again available for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade.

This blacked-out appearance package makes the Escalade look even more impressive. With the Onyx Package, the Escalade comes with monochrome Cadillac emblems, a Gloss Black Escalade nameplate, and 22-inch 12-spoke Gloss Black finish alloy wheels.

You can choose this sophisticated option for either the Sport or Sport Platinum trim. If you choose the Sport model, you can expect Escalade to be equipped with a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and wireless phone charging. The Sport Platinum model adds features like front seats with massage capabilities, an adaptive air suspension, and a 36-speaker AKG premium audio system.

Every Escalade gets its power from an impressive 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. There is also an optional 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Find out more about the Onyx Package and other ways to customize your 2022 Escalade when you contact us at ELCO Cadillac.

Spring Break Destinations in Missouri.

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You don’t have to leave the Show Me State to have a blast this spring break. Get ready to pack your bags and load up your Cadillac XT4 — it’s time to hit the highway and enjoy these top spring break destinations in Missouri.

Lake of the Ozarks.

Enjoy a peaceful getaway at Lake of the Ozarks. Relax on a boat tour or rent a kayak to explore the local waterways. Make memories with your friends at the Bagnell Dam Strip, play a round or two at Sugar Creek Miniature Golf, and indulge in delectable American favorites at local restaurants like Baxter’s Lakeside Grille.

Branson.

With so many attractions, Branson is a spring break spot that’s perfect for partygoers and nature lovers alike. You can explore guided cavern tours or trek along the trails surrounding the scenic Tablerock Lake. And if you’re in the mood for thrills, check out the roller coasters at Silver Dollar City. There are plenty of live shows and shopping opportunities within the city’s entertainment district, too.

Kansas City.

This colorful city has something for everyone, so it’s no surprise that it’s known by many names — such as the BBQ Capital of the World, the City of Fountains, and the Paris of the Plains. Spend your spring break cutting loose at the Worlds of Fun theme park or watching the animals at the Kansas City Zoo. You can also chow down on some world-renowned barbecue at LC’s Bar-B-Q or the Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ.

If you’re looking for the perfect road trip companion, consider a new or used Cadillac XT4, available at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Ranks High in J.D. Power’s Multimedia Satisfaction Study.

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is packed to the brim with cutting-edge conveniences. That’s why it’s earned high praise from the J.D. Power Multimedia Satisfaction Study. This yearly survey explores customer satisfaction with in-vehicle infotainment technology.

To find the year’s top models, J.D. Power surveyed 110,827 drivers about their new vehicle’s tech features. Based on those responses, models were graded on a 1,000-point scale, with a higher score indicating greater customer satisfaction. The Cadillac Escalade earned an impressive 924 points, putting it at the top of the Large Premium segment.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade boasts a revolutionary infotainment system, complete with an ultra-high-definition three-screen setup that spans 38 inches. The star of the show is a 16.9-inch touch-screen display that gives you easy access to your music, climate controls, navigation settings, and smartphone mirroring. It even offers the convenience of Super Cruise™, a hands-free driving technology that’s compatible with over 200,000 miles of roads across the United States and Canada. You can also opt for a rear-seat entertainment system to keep your kids engaged on long drives. And if you’re an audiophile, upgrade from the standard 19-speaker sound system to the 36-speaker audio setup.

You can experience the 2021 Cadillac Escalade for yourself, right here at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

Keep Your Cadillac Clean This Winter

When the snow first starts to fall, the world looks so clean and bright. Then everything gets slushy and dirty, including your Cadillac. Consider these tips to help keep your Cadillac clean this winter as you explore Ballwin, Missouri, and beyond.

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Invest in some quality mats.

If you’ve held off on investing in rubber mats for your car, now might be the time to spend the money. While carpeted mats look great, rubber mats are waterproof. When you get home after piling in with snowy shoes, you can easily dump the water out of rubber mats and rinse them out.

Wash it.

It might seem counterintuitive in cold weather, but make sure that you keep your car’s exterior washed in the winter. Salt from the roads can really hurt your Cadillac vehicle’s paint and cause rust on the underbody.

Consider snow foam.

Cleaning the salt off your car can damage the exterior of your vehicle if you don’t do it right, as the abrasive grit can leave tiny scratches along your paint. Consider looking into snow foam and applying it before your usual soap. This special layer can also help keep your car looking cleaner longer.

Wax on.

Applying wax to your vehicle’s exterior can help protect it from winter before the season even begins. This protective later makes it more difficult for grit and grime to reach your paint in the first place.

Contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin if you need help keeping your Cadillac in tip-top shape. And remember to schedule a winter service appointment for your ride, if you still need to do so.

Snow Tires Vs. All-Season Tires

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We know the statement is worn out, but winter really is coming. When you’re shopping for a new pair of boots for you, should you also get your car its own fancy winter footwear? Learn more about the difference between regular and snow tires and make a decision quick — news reports suggest that snow tires might be in short supply this season.

All-season tire advantages

As the name implies, all-season tires are a one-size-fits-all solution for your driving needs. The best examples of these types of tires are made to handle all types of weather with their multiple tread types and overall construction.

Besides being built to tackle all sorts of weather, the construction of all-season tires helps them last longer than a dedicated winter tire. Their versatility also means that you don’t have to seasonally change them out, like you do for snow tires.

Snow tire advantages

Snow tires — also known as winter tires — are specifically made for colder weather. They stay soft in lower temperatures for a better grip on the wet or icy ground, and the treads are specifically designed to handle slush and other winter precipitation. Whereas all-season tire treads can get packed with snow, these winter warriors are made to direct it off of the tire for better performance.  Not only do they provide better traction in the winter than all-season tires, they also were made to stop the vehicle better in icy conditions.

Unfortunately, the softer nature of winter tires means that warmer weather (and warmer pavement) makes them wear out quicker.

You should make a decision based on where and how you drive in the winter. Contact our service department if you have any questions.

Cadillac Technology That We’re Thankful For

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s time to think of what we’re thankful for. Friends, family, and Cadillac are at the top of our list. Take a look at the Cadillac technology we’re thankful for and think about asking Santa to bring you a Cadillac for the winter holidays.

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Cadillac Connected Services and OnStar®: Accidents are terrifying things, but Cadillac and OnStar® are there to help if the worst should happen. We’re thankful that we have a team on our side with a Safety and Security plan subscription.

Super Cruise™: Don’t get us wrong, driving is great, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little help. We’re thankful for Cadillac models equipped with Super Cruise™ because, in the proper conditions, they can assist us and take the wheel on long highway drives to see family or have fun.

Cadillac Mobile Apps: Did you remember to lock the Cadillac? When’s the last time it had an oil change? We are thankful for the Remote Access plan and Cadillac Mobile Apps because they help us keep tabs on our favorite car, even if we’re not close together.

Ad-free music: Listening to music as we commute or head out on a road trip is fun, but commercials really ruin the mood in a car’s cabin. That’s why we’re thankful for the available SiriusXM® All-Access package and its ad-free music. It also has comedy and sports channels for something different along the way.

Experience Cadillac technology for yourself when you test-drive a shiny new Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

Cadillac Tops Its Segment in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study

As evidenced by the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), new vehicles continue to improve year after year. J.D. Power reports that quality has improved 2%, when compared to the 2020 study. One of the highlights from the study is that the Cadillac CT5 earned the top ranking in the Midsize Premium Car segment.

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In this study, J.D. Power surveys new vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. The owners report on any problems they experienced with any vehicle features including performance, comfort, and technology. The results of the study are reported as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower score represents higher quality.

As a luxury midsize sedan, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 is exceptional. It is still fresh after a full redesign in 2020. This year, it adds wireless capabilities for both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ along with a customizable digital instrument display.

For drivers looking to enjoy the latest technology, the 2021 CT5 is available with Super Cruise this year. This technology lets drivers experience hands-free driving on thousands of miles of freeways across the country. The CT5 comes well-equipped with luxury features including simulated leather upholstery, a 10-inch touch screen system, and a forward collision mitigation system.

Experience the CT5 and the brand’s other luxury vehicles firsthand when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri.

Meet the Aerodynamic CT4-V Blackwing

When it comes to luxurious, performance-oriented vehicles, Cadillac has a reputation for offering some of the best, and its new 2022 CT4-V Blackwing is no exception. Check out how this sedan creates exhilarating drives while staying safely on the pavement.

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The engineers at Cadillac expertly tuned the aerodynamics of the CT4-V Blackwing to ensure it keeps its tires firmly on the ground. The spoiler on the car’s rear was key to preventing it from lifting off the ground without adding too much drag. And, it of course looks stylish too.

On the front end, an underwing increases the airflow under the car. This decreases the pressure beneath the car and pulls it downward. When driving at a high speed, the spoiler, underwing, and other components actually make the CT4-V Blackwing heavier than it is at a standstill because of the downward force they create.

According to Cadillac, if you hit 160 mph in a CT4-V Blackwing equipped with the available Carbon Fiber 1 Package, the car would generate roughly 133 pounds of downforce — making for a safer, smoother, and more grounded ride.

Experience the thrilling ride quality that Cadillac models have to offer when you stop by ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, to find a new Cadillac of your own.

Tall Passengers and the Cadillac Escalade Just Go Together

If you’re a tall person, you know the struggle of fitting into small places. Your knees take a beating, and you’re left feeling squished. The good news is that the Cadillac Escalade has plenty of room for your long legs — and any other gear you want to bring along for the ride.

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U.S. News and World Report named the 2021 Cadillac Escalade to its list of 15 Best Luxury Cars and SUVs for Tall People in 2021. Awards are great, but the numbers don’t lie: the 2021 Cadillac Escalade packs in 42.30 inches of headroom and 44.50 inches of legroom in the front row. The second row has 38.90 inches of headroom and 41.70 inches of legroom. You could wedge yourself into the third row, but it doesn’t have quite as much space, with legroom of 34.90 inches and headroom of 38.20 inches.

The Cadillac Escalade has a lot of room for you to ride comfortably, but what else? For extra confidence on the road, you can upgrade standard 2WD to 4WD. As you ride down the road, you can take advantage of the four-way power lumbar control in the front seats, or upgrade to heat and ventilation. For the ultimate luxury, you can add an available front center console refrigerator with freezer mode to keep your road trip treats nice and frosty.

If you want to learn more about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and its capabilities, contact us at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri. Or stop by in person to test-drive one of the Escalades in our inventory.