Clean Retail Price
The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
|5-Year Cost to Own / Rating|
|$75,195||$68,381||$81,253 / Good|
|$75,195||$68,381||$81,253 / Good|
|$78,195||$71,409||$83,929 / Average|
|$78,195||$71,617||$86,283 / Mediocre|
|$80,795||$74,033||$84,857 / Good|
|$81,195||$74,653||$89,205 / Mediocre|
|$83,795||$77,284||$90,012 / Average|
|$83,795||$77,060||$87,544 / Good|
|$85,195||$78,472||$88,329 / Good|
|$86,795||$80,320||$92,980 / Mediocre|
|$88,195||$81,500||$91,009 / Average|
|$88,195||$81,735||$93,593 / Mediocre|
|$91,195||$84,771||$96,659 / Mediocre|
|$92,295||$85,638||$94,285 / Average|
|$95,295||$88,919||$100,221 / Mediocre|
|$95,295||$88,666||$97,065 / Average|
|$98,295||$91,956||$102,908 / Mediocre|
5-Year Cost to Own
- Cavernous cargo area in the ESV
- Great ride and handling with magnetic shocks
- Truck-like towing capacity
- Poor fuel economy
- No active safety features on base model
- Dated CUE infotainment system
Cadillac Escalade Expert Review
The Escalade is largely unchanged for the 2020 model year as Cadillac prepares to reveal its full redesign for the 2021 model year. The current fourth-generation Escalade made its debut as a 2015 model but with the Lincoln Navigator new for 2019 and BMW now selling the X7, the pressure is on Cadillac to update its flagship behemoth. The Cadillac of full-size, three-row luxury SUVs will also compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and GMC Yukon.
- Dark Mocha Metallic paint replaces Pepper Dust
Yes it's a massive, expensive, inefficient, obnoxious, dressed-up Chevy Suburban but we're fans of the current-gen Escalade. Standard Magnetic Ride Control delivers an excellent balance of ride quality and body control and the naturally aspirated V-8 is as strong as it is thirsty.
The interior is downright huge and Cadillac has outfitted it nicely. Rich leathers and wood trim cover nearly every inch of the cabin. The extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV adds even more cargo volume behind the third row and added legroom for way-back passengers, though the regular-sized version could be more spacious. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system still isn't our favorite, though. No one will be buying the Escalade for its center screen the way they might for say, a Tesla Model X.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea but the Escalade is a well-executed mammoth of a luxury SUV. Much has changed in this segment since the Escalade won a comparison against five competitors in 2015, and we look forward to seeing how the new 2021 Escalade competes against new alternatives.
The Escalade's standard V-8 engine cranks out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. In our First Test of the current-gen Escalade ESV with a six-speed auto, it hit 60 mph from a stop in 6.1 seconds. Newer models equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission are likely a hair quicker.
Fuel economy is a weak point for the Escalade, no surprise given its imposing size and weight. For 2020, rear-wheel-drive models achieve 14/23 mpg city/highway and four-wheel-drive models return 14/21 mpg city/highway.
The 2020 Escalade has not been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, though a 2018 model earned a four-star overall safety rating from the latter.
Luxury models and above are equipped with the Driver Awareness package, which includes auto emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. Enhanced auto emergency braking, reverse auto braking, cornering headlights, adaptive cruise control, auto seat belt tightening, and a 360-degree camera system are standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models.
The Escalade comes in two sizes; big and bigger. Escalade ESV models are 20.4 inches longer than standard Escalade models, and boast a 14.0-inch longer wheelbase. Front seat legroom is unchanged between the two at 45.3 inches and the ESV has slightly more room in the second row (39.7 inches compared to 39.0).
The real difference is in the third row and cargo area. ESV models have 34.5 inches of legroom in the third row—standard Escalades have only 24.8 inches. The standard Escalade has 15.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row, 51.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.2 cubic feet behind the first row with all the rear seats folded down. Stepping up to the larger ESV nets 39.3 cubic feet with all the seats folded up, 76.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a whopping 120.9 cubic feet behind the first row.
Even base-model Escalades are luxurious, and luxury these days means tech. All trim levels include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A Bose 16-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation is also standard, and the Driver Awareness active safety package is included on trims Luxury and above.
No matter what 2020 Escalade you choose, here's the standard equipment: 20-inch wheels, hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, automatic rain-sensing wipers, active noise cancellation, Bose 16-speaker audio, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation, front and rear park assist, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second row seats, keyless entry, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless charging, 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and magnetic ride control.
Move up to the Luxury level and this is what to expect: A rear camera mirror, driver awareness package, auto high beams, 22-inch seven-spoke wheels, power sunroof, head-up display, a Driver Awareness package that includes auto emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert; power second row seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray/DVD player.
The second most expensive trim adds enhanced auto emergency braking, reverse auto braking, cornering headlights, adaptive cruise control, auto seat belt tightening, and a 360-degree camera system.
Go all out on a 2020 Escalade and you'll get power-retractable side steps, exclusive 22-inch dual nine-spoke wheels, a unique grille design, semi-aniline leather seating in first and second rows, leather third-row seating, leather-wrapped instrument panel and console and doors, a microfiber headliner, a cooled front center console, massage front seats, and unique exotic wood trim.
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2020 Cadillac Escalade
Ever since the first Escalade debuted in the late 1990s, it’s been known for its brawny V-8 engines, abundant space, plush cabin, and glitzy bodies. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade carries this large luxury SUV ethos forward, while sharing its foundation and many of its body components with the related Chevrolet Suburban.
Not much has changed for the 2020 model year outside of minor feature shuffling, since a redesigned Escalade is ready for introduction as a 2021 model.
Escalades come in standard and extended-length ESV configurations. The regular Escalade measures 204 inches in length, while the ESV checks in at 224 inches. Either way, the Escalade is an enormous bruiser.
Borrowed from other GM trucks, the Escalade’s 6.2-liter V-8 generates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive a $3,000 option.
With its blocky profile and powerful V-8, the Escalade is the opposite of thrifty. It earns an EPA-estimated 14 mpg city, 23 highway, and 17 combined with RWD, or 14/21/17 mpg with 4WD. Premium gasoline is required – the rival Lincoln Navigator runs on regular.
The Escalade hasn’t been fully tested by the NHTSA, but it does carry a four-star rollover rating and a five-star side crash rating from the agency. The IIHS hasn’t tested any of these big GM SUVs.
Active safety features are included with plenty of lower-priced vehicles nowadays, but the Escalade only comes with a surround-view camera as standard. The rest of the available technologies are only found on upper trim levels.
The Luxury trim includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and active lane control. The top two trims also add adaptive cruise control and reverse automatic emergency braking.
The Cadillac Escalade is available in four trims: Escalade, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. ESV models cost an additional $3,000 than their standard counterparts.
The base Escalade starts at $76,490 and comes with leather seating surfaces, a Bose 16-speaker audio system, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, a power-folding third-row bench, active noise cancellation, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, a 12-inch driver information center, a hands-free power liftgate, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The infotainment system includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The $82,090 Luxury trim adds a sunroof, power second-row bucket seats, 22-inch wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, and the aforementioned active safety features.
The Escalade Premium Luxury is priced from $86,490, bringing a rear 9-inch screen and DVD player, lighted door handles, cornering headlights adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic emergency braking, and automatic seat belt tightening.
The $93,590 Escalade Platinum is equipped with softer semi-aniline leather seating surfaces, genuine wood trim, a unique grille, a suede headliner, an 18-way power driver’s seat with massaging, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, a center console cooler, and power-retractable running boards.
Escalades have always triggered diverse, typical opposing, opinions. Some folks delight in the many examples of abject excess that adorn the biggest Cadillac’s body. Others disdain, if not deplore, the sight of such a vehicle. One thing is for sure: the Escalade has presence. It’s hard to ignore.
Right up front, swept-back headlights flank a big, bold grille. Vertical taillights were doubtless inspired by Eldorados of the past. An optional Sport Edition package can black out the lavishly placed chrome – though all that brilliance has been an Escalade hallmark all along.
Standard 20-inch wheels appear huge, but optional 22-inch tires look even more outlandish.
Inside, the Escalade shares little with its Chevrolet and GMC siblings. The comfortable, car-like cabin focuses on chic furnishings. For instance, backlit buttons fade away when the vehicle is turned off.
Even the base Escalade is flashy, brazen, and – face it – decadent, using pleasant materials. Still, it seems to aim at fleet buyers. Discreet use of fake wood veers close to gaudy, while stitched surfaces give every Escalade a classy note.
Stepping up to the unabashedly luxurious and impressive Platinum model brings genuine open-pore wood dotted with inlay, and suede headliner trim. Softer, semi-aniline leather covers the dashboard and seats.
Surprisingly snug, the Escalade’s passenger space isn’t as voluminous as the standard model’s length might suggest. The biggest difference with the ESV is increased third-row leg room and cargo space.
Plush, multi-adjustable front seats are upholstered with leather. Platinum versions offer more adjustments and a massaging feature.
Second-row seating disappoints, as its 39 inches of leg room ranks around average. The seats are positioned a bit low, too. In addition, door openings on the standard model are relatively small for a sizable SUV. Third-row seats in the Escalade ESV are adequate for adults, but those in regular-length models are best for youngsters.
An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen sits high on the car-like dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard.
Cargo volume matches the Escalade’s large footprint. Even with third row upright, regular Escalades offer 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold that seat and capacity expands to 51.6 cubic feet. With both back rows folded, space reaches 94.2 cubic feet. ESV models offer 39.3/76.7/120.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Strong V-8 thrust provides acceleration that used to be appropriate for sports cars – as long as the road is straight. Push hard on the pedal and the Escalade concludes a 0-60 mph sprint in about 6 seconds. Although the 10-speed automatic generally works well, it can occasionally fumble downshifts.
Though composed, ride quality isn’t quite on par with rivals. A stiff, sometimes choppy ride, coupled with a trucky demeanor, make the Escalade seem obsolete compared to some large SUVs, such as the current Lincoln Navigator.
Most harsh impacts are squelched better than Chevrolet and GMC siblings can manage, thanks to standard driver-adjustable dampers. Base models with their 20-inch wheels ride most comfortably, with standard magnetic shocks to help repress bumps.
Steering is firm, with good assist. Even so, the Escalade’s mighty heft keeps it from executing agile maneuvers. Despite tall ground clearance, a four-wheel-drive Escalade isn’t intended to scurry along rocky trails.
Ample sound-deadening suppresses V-8 noises. Properly equipped, an Escalade can confidently tow up to 8,300 pounds.
No question about it, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade isn’t a vehicle for everyone. Not only is it huge and quick, it’s famously non-frugal. Though well equipped at each trim level, an Escalade also is expensive. More importantly, standard safety technology falls short for the luxury league. Cadillac’s biggest SUV isn’t as strong a choice as it used to be, but a redesigned 2021 model is coming.
—by James M. Flammang, with driving impressions from The Car Connection
2020 Cadillac Escalade
2020 Cadillac Escalade Buying Advice
As all the Cadillac Escalades boasts an extensive list of features but we would suggest you go with the Premium Luxury trim. It comes with all the features of Luxury trim and adds a rear entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, and adaptive headlights.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Features
This Caddy is a costly SUV that matches its competitors in some areas and falls short in others- Edmunds
The Cadillac Escalade is available in four trims: Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The base trims start at $75,195 while the range-topping Platinum trim costs $92,295. A destination charge of $1,695 will be added to the price tag at the time of purchase. An RWD drivetrain is standard but a 4WD system can be ordered for an extra $3,000.
Even the base trim comes with a wide array of equipment, but the Premium Luxury and Platinum models take this huge, lavish machine to another level. Speaking of options, a rear-seat entertainment system is available on the Luxury trim for $1,720 and the Premium Luxury trim adds an option of power-retractable running boards for $1,750.
|Tri-zone automatic climate control||Adds/ Upgrades to Base trim||Adds/ Upgrades to Luxury trim||Adds/ Upgrades to Premium Luxury trim|
|8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||Power sunroof||Rear-seat entertainment system|
Premium semi-aniline leather for the first two rows and Mulan leather for the third row
|Magnetic Ride Control suspension||22-inch alloy wheels|
Forward & reverse automatic emergency braking
|18-way power front massaged seats|
|20-inch aluminum wheels||Second-row fold & tumble seats||Adaptive cruise control||Center console cooler|
|12-way power front leather seats||Rearview camera||Adaptive headlights|
Power-retractable running boards
|Heated & ventilated front seats||Head-up display|
|Heated second-row seats||Lane departure warning|
|Wireless device charging||Lane keep assist|
|Hands-free tailgate||Lane change alert|
|16-speaker Bose surround-sound system||Forward collision warning|
|Power-folding third-row seats||Blind-spot monitoring|
|Auto-dimming rearview mirror||Rear cross-traffic alert|
|Park assist||Low-speed automatic emergency braking|
|Surround-view parking camera||Safety alert seat|
2020 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance
The big V8 is one of the Escalade's greatest assets- Edmunds
The Cadillac Escalade is equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine that makes a healthy 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission, jointly developed by GM and Ford, is used to drive the power to the wheels, which is one of the best in the class. Both RWD and 4WD configurations are available on all models. Also, this engine has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds, which is more than most of the other luxury SUVs.
The Escalade’s ride quality is comfortable thanks to the standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension. However, you may feel the occasional bump over, particularly uneven roads. You get a stiff ride with the optional 22-inch wheels setup but the SUV holds its ground nicely thanks to its balanced steering. The heavyweight of the Escalade can be felt at the corners and there is a noticeable body lean. Overall, the Escalade's handling is stable but its ride quality isn't luxurious.
Despite its humongous size, the Escalade offers brisk acceleration and feels effortless to reach highway speeds. . It can sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds, which is impressive for a 5,578-pound SUV. It further covers a quarter of a mile in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 150 MPH. Even the brakes on the Escalade feel strong and achieve an average stopping distance of 133 feet. The behemoth also nosedives a bit when strong brakes are applied.
2020 Cadillac Escalade
|2020 BMW X7|
2020 Lincoln Navigator
|2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580|
|4.4L Twin-Turbo V8|
3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6
|4.0L Twin-Turbo V8|
420 hp @ 5,600 RPM
|456 hp @ 5,250 RPM|
450 hp @ 5,500 RPM
|483 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|460 lb-ft. @ 4,100 RPM||479 lb-ft. @ 1,500 RPM||510 lb-ft. @ 3,000 RPM||516 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM|
|0-60 MPH||5.5 sec||5.2 sec||5.9 sec||5.4 sec|
|Quarter Mile||14.0 sec||13.6 sec||14.5 sec||14.0 sec|
|Top Speed||150 MPH||163 MPH||150 MPH||150 MPH|
|Towing Capacity||8,300 lbs||7,500 lbs||8,300 lbs||7,700 lbs|
The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 houses the most powerful engine and most expensive option in this segment. However, its acceleration levels with the Escalade. The slightly less powerful BMW X7 displays better agility thanks to its low curb weight but it has the lowest towing capacity. The Lincoln Navigator produces 30 hp more than the Escalade but its performance is slower.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is far from thrifty- The Car Connection
Fuel economy? Who cares! Anyone who is buying this big, bulky, muscular SUV must be rich enough to spend that extra bucks on the fuel. Anyways, the Cadillac Escalade with the V8 engine has an EPA rating of 14 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on a highway, and 17 MPG combined which is pretty low when compared to the rivals.
Opting for the 4WD system falls down the highway estimates by 2 MPG but the city and combined gas mileage remains the same. The Escalade gets the largest fuel tank in this segment. Owing to this large tank, the Escalade delivers 481 miles of combined driving range while the 4WD models can drive up to 455 miles only.
2020 Cadillac Escalade
|2020 BMW X7|
2020 Lincoln Navigator
|2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon)||26.0||21.9||23.2||23.8|
|Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)||364/598/481||329/460/394||371/534/452||381/500/440|
The BMW X7 is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this class but its small fuel tank leads to a smaller driving range. The fuel estimates of the Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 are almost the same but the latter being more powerful, it is more efficient than the Navigator. The Escalade has the lowest fuel ratings in this competition.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Interior
Boasting soft-touch materials as far as the eye can see, the Escalade wows every time you enter- Kelly Blue Book
Inside, the Cadillac Escalade boasts an upscale cabin but if observed carefully, you will find some cheap-feeling plastics. Leather adorns almost everywhere in the cabin. It seats up to eight passengers but the optional second-row captain chairs reduce it to seven. The front seats are comfortable and have power adjustability, heated and ventilated functions even on the base trim. The top-end Platinum trim also adds front massaged seats.
The second-row passengers will sit lower than the front passengers. Even the second-row seats are heated on higher trims and you get retractable running boards for quick egress sand ingress. You get decent levels of head and legroom but there's no way to slide the seat to create limousine levels of legroom. The third row feels cramped for full-grown adults and is best left for kids. Given the size of the Escalade, the cabin feels really compact.
The CUE infotainment system uses an 8-inch touchscreen display that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Platinum trim also adds a rear-seat entertainment system that includes dual 9-inch screens with a DVD player. The infotainment system is a little bit slow to respond to but easy to use. The screen attracts fingerprints and dust easily. The music system in the Escalade is a 16-speaker bose surround sound system.
2020 Cadillac Escalade
2020 BMW X7
2020 Lincoln Navigator
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)
Speaking of cargo space, You get 15.2 cu-ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seats, which is small for a three-row SUV. Cargo space of 51.6 cu-ft. with the third row folded, and finally, you get 94.2 cubic feet overall with the second row folded as well. Power-folding third and second-row seats are available. The cargo capacity is impressive for a full-size SUV although the Lincoln Navigator offers better cargo space than the Escalade. Some main cabin highlights of the Escalade are:
- Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel
- 18-way power front leather seats
- Heated, massaged & ventilated front seats
- Heated second-row captain chairs
- Power sunroof
- Refrigerated storage
- Chrome and woodgrain interior accents
- 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto
- 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system
- Dual 9-inch rear screens
- Wireless charging
- Navigation system
2020 Cadillac Escalade Exterior
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade has a refined appearance highlighted by a massive grille- Kelly Blue Book
The Cadillac Escalade is the big boss of the GM’s luxury lineup. It is one of the most recognizable Cadillacs on the road today thanks to its slanting edges and daunting stance. There is also no denying the fact that this SUV boasts more swagger than any other vehicle that has hit the road. Its unmistakable styling is evident from every angle and it shares much of its structure with the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and the GMC Yukon. The only 2020 change to mention is that there is now a new color called Dark Mocha Metallic.
You get full-LED headlights with four crystals that act as high beams, giving off radiant light. Long vertical taillight also gets LEDs which makes it easy to follow the Escalade when visibility is low. An aerodynamic rear spoiler adds a sporting flair to this SUV. Naturally, around the back, the same boxy looks carry over. The wheels for the Escalade are 22-inch aluminum wheels but there are 10 different wheel designs to choose from. These wheels keep this SUV 8 inches above the ground. Its short overall length contributes to better maneuverability.
2020 Cadillac Escalade
2020 BMW X7
2020 Lincoln Navigator
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580
Curb Weight (lbs)
Ground Clearance (in)
The Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 has the widest wheelbase in this competition. It benefits from better third-row passenger space than the Escalade. It also offers better stability and handling on the road. The Lincoln Navigator has the highest ground clearance here, though many won't take this luxury beast off the smooth pavements. Like the Escalade, even the BMW X7 is a short vehicle and as mentioned before, maneuverability is better. Some noticeable exterior features of the Escalade are:
- Active aero chrome grille shutters
- LED headlights
- LED DRLs
- Puddle lamps
- Door courtesy lights
- Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
- Chrome roof rails
- Power-retractable illuminated running boards
- Chrome door handles
- Chrome bodyside moldings
- Chrome window trim
- 22-inch aluminum wheels
- Rear roofline spoiler
Speed top 2020 escalade
Even though it shares parts with lesser GM products, the 2020 Escalade is unmistakably a luxury SUV. Along with its chrome-laden shell, the Escalade has a host of upscale standard features such as a leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats, self-parking assist, and more. Every Slade is motivated by a gutsy V-8 that pairs with rear- or all-wheel drive and can tow up to a hefty 8300 pounds. Both short- and long-wheelbase versions can fit up to eight people, but the extended Escalade ESV has a roomier third row and more cargo space. The Caddy looks snazzier than its corporate cousins—the GMC Yukon and the Chevy Tahoe—but it's considerably more expensive and its ride isn't any more refined. Although the 2020 Cadillac Escalade evokes the Hollywood lifestyle, it doesn't truly deliver the red-carpet experience.
What's New for 2020?
Cadillac lightly updated the Escalade for 2020 with only a smattering of changes. Along with a new Dark Mocha metallic paint color, which costs extra, the lineup adds a new appearance package called the Sport Edition. The get-up is only available in Red Passion, Satin Steel, and Black Rave. However, that unlocks gloss-black trim to the front end, around the side windows, and on the rear. While we've glimpsed the interior of the next-gen model and spied a prototype testing, Cadillac hasn't officially revealed the upcoming 2021 Escalade.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Cadillac Escalade's base price is $76,490, and we think that's the model to get. Stepping up to the more expensive trims simply doesn't have a lot of value since the entry-level version has plenty of desirable standard equipment. The extended ESV model adds $3000, but the upgrade only makes sense for large families. Likewise, optional all-wheel drive is only necessary for those who live in cold-weather states.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Behind the Escalade's giant sparkling grille sits a mighty 420-hp V-8 engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Together, they push this plus-size SUV with authority and can tow up to 8300 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. In our testing, the Escalade was always responsive, and the transmission handled gearchanges without fuss. At cruising speeds, the Slade was quiet and refined. Despite a set of standard adaptive dampers, the Escalade never felt as convincingly comfortable as its branding and price would suggest. To be clear, the Caddy never felt explicitly uncomfortable. However, the way it shivered over uneven surfaces and how harsh bumps infiltrated the cabin are unacceptable. At least the Escalade is composed around corners—just don't launch it onto an exit ramp above the posted speed limit. The steering effort felt lighter than we found on the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, which made the Escalade easier to operate at low speeds. Unfortunately, that lack of directness allowed the Cadillac to wander in its lane on the highway. The brake pedal had smooth and strong responses that we appreciated on daily commutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Despite a hefty curb weight and a hearty V-8, the EPA estimates align with the competition. Both body styles with all-wheel drive have the same 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway estimates, but the rear-drive versions earn 2 mpg more on the highway. The Escalade ESV we tested matched its EPA-estimated 21 mpg on our highway fuel-economy test route.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
We like the Escalade's wealth of standard interior features, and its wide front seats will fit all manner of body types. Unfortunately, the available massage functions and top-of-the-line materials are reserved for the outrageously priced Platinum model. A set of second-row captain's chairs are standard issue, but they can be replaced with a 40/60 split-folding bench seat. Families larger than four may want to choose the second-row bench seat, since the shorter Escalade's third row is only suitable for children. The longer Escalade ESV's third row offers an extra 9.7 inches of legroom, but those seeking maximum third-row space should see the extended Lincoln Navigator L. While both versions of Escalades have a power-folding third row, the extended ESV is more useful on family road trips. With an extra 24 cubic feet behind the third row, it held eight more bags back there than the shorter model (12 total). Both Cadillacs have useful interior cubby storage, including a sizable center console with an optional refrigerated bin.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every Escalade in the lineup has an 8.0-inch touchscreen running the latest iteration of Cadillac's CUE infotainment software. A luxury vehicle should provide relaxation as opposed to frustration of the sort embodied by CUE. Its heavy reliance on touch-sensitive controls is always distracting and at times inaccurate. Otherwise, every model includes an array of charging outlets and standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 Escalade hasn't been completely evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Every model does feature front and rear parking sensors, but most driver-assistance technology costs extra and isn't available on base models. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Escalade has an excellent warranty with lengthy powertrain protection. However, Cadillac's coverage isn't the best in every category.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
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