The Cadillac Escalade ESV is the most spacious of the Escalade family. It is 21 inches longer than the Escalade and offers up to 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, with the second folded and the third row removed. With all the same elements and features as the standard Escalade, the ESV model provides an additional eight-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.
What's New for 2014
As an all-new 2015 Escalade appears in dealer showrooms, Cadillac made few changes to the 2014 line. The only new feature this year is an exterior color: Midnight Plum Metallic.
Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade ESV
Your first choice is between the outgoing 2014 model and the new 2015 model. Those who opt for the 2014 might prefer its styling—or the idea of getting a luxury SUV for a bargain price.
The extended-length ESV is powered by 6.2-liter V8 that makes 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The engine features Active Fuel Management, which deactivates half of the cylinders under light loads for increased fuel economy.
The Escalade's V8 delivers modest fuel economy numbers of 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway for rear-wheel-drive versions or 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway for four-wheel drive models. Unlike many upscale competitors, though, the Escalade ESV runs on regular-grade gasoline instead of premium. The big Caddy also accepts E85 blend.
You can order any model with four-wheel drive, but we argue against the added expense and weight unless you live far off the beaten path, or in an area with inclement weather.
The Escalade ESV is available in four trim levels: