In case the standard Escalade doesn't quite measure up to your lifestyle, Cadillac offers the Escalade ESV, a truly enormous SUV in the tradition of luxury dreamboats from bygone eras. Like its tail-finned ancestors, the ESV does nothing if not make a statement.
What's New for 2016
The bundle of safety features now includes active lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beams. The Platinum Collection model (added in late 2015) take its official place at the top of the line.
Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade ESV
The ESV's extra length allows for a lounge-like interior with stretch-out space for eight adults. Cargo room is generous even with a full crew aboard, and grows to 121 cubic feet with the middle and back rows folded. Only a van can hold more.
The ESV's 6.2-liter V8 engine lays down 420 horsepower and comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-drive is standard, but most buyers opt for the four-wheel drive setup. The magnetic ride control system features 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, a power-folding third row, a Bose 16-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and parking sensors.
The trim levels differ mainly in safety technology:
You won't feel deprived in the least by selecting the Standard model -- unless you can't live without a sunroof. Whether to upgrade depends mainly on your comfort level with piloting a vehicle of this size. The extra safety features are reassuring, especially in urban traffic.