Despite bones that are beginning to age, the Escalade remains a bestseller among luxury SUVs. It has good reason to boast—with a versatile feature set and the same brash personality that won America’s heart, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade remains a strong bet.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Escalade returns with only minor changes. Exterior colors see minor tweaks, a hands-free tailgate with logo light is now standard, and a new Sport Package adds aesthetic upgrades.
Choosing Your Cadillac Escalade
All Escalades share a heart: a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission sends power to either the rear wheels (standard) or all four (a $3,000 option).
Mileage is predictably mediocre: rear-wheel drive models manage an estimated 14 mpg city, 23 highway, and 17 combined, while all-wheel drive drops the highway mileage a few more notches. On the plus side, a towing capacity of up to 8,300 pounds is a welcome perk.
Base cargo space is only adequate at 15 cubic feet behind the third row, but the long-wheelbase ESV fixes that problem by adding 24 more. Otherwise, the cabin is spacious and well-equipped, boasting standard features like ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front and (outboard) second-row seats, and a built-in WiFi hotspot.
Other features are distributed across four trims: Base, Luxury, Luxury Premium, and Platinum.
The Luxury trim is the sweet spot for features, granting access to both luxury and safety without too much of a price premium. The Platinum trim is luxurious, but even base Escalades will be plush enough for most buyers.