Escalade ESV
John Diether
Automotive Editor - July 24, 2014

Expert Rating

4.9 (Excellent)
15 City / 21 Highway

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2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV OVERVIEW

The long-wheelbase version of Cadillac's flagship SUV, the Escalade ESV caters to buyers who can't get enough passenger room and cargo capacity. You also enjoy even greater luxury and refinement in this new generation of the brand's largest vehicle.

What's New For 2015

The Escalade ESV has been completely redesigned.

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Front

Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade ESV

Unlike many competitors, the ESV offers a truly spacious third row and significant cargo space behind it. When you don't need the extra seating, the row folds completely into the floor at the touch of a button. Motivating all of this iron is a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. As before, rear-drive is standard, but most buyers opt for the four-wheel drive setup. There's also a revised magnetic ride control system with Sport and Comfort modes.

The enormous load of standard equipment leaves no doubt about the Escalade's luxury mission. Every example gets navigation, chrome wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats (bench or captain's chairs), a Bose 16-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, parking sensors and so on.

The trim levels have been simplified and differ mainly in safety technology:


Sufficiently indulgent for most tastes, lacking only a sunroof and the full suite of accident-avoidance technology.


Tacks on a slew of safety features such as an upgraded anti-theft system, blind-spot monitoring, collision alert and a driver seat that vibrates to alert you of potential hazards. You also get power-folding second row and a sunroof.


Adds even more in the way of safety: adaptive cruise control, cornering lamps and collision mitigation (front and rear) with automatic braking. A rear entertainment system is also standard.

CarsDirect Tip

If you're already comfortable with piloting a vehicle of this size, the Standard model's rearview camera and parking sensors may be all you need to keep things in check. Less confident drivers will benefit from -- and might actually need -- the active safety assists found on the other models.

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2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Rear

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