In a niche segment, the full-size 2019 Cadillac Escalade leads all comers. This model seats up to eight passengers and comes with standard rear-wheel drive or available four-wheel drive. Cadillac offers the 2019 Escalade in standard and extended wheelbases. It comes in four trims: base Escalade, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.
All models have a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac pairs this engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Escalade has a tow rating of up to 8,300 pounds. That equals the Lincoln Navigator, yet it's more than the Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and the Land Rover Range Rover.
Standard features include LED headlights and taillights, integrated assist steps, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a hands-free power liftgate. Inside, this SUV comes with 12-way power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, leather seats, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and power fold-flat third-row seats. Other features include a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a WiFi hotspot, a surround-view camera, and automatic parking assist.
Our pick is the Escalade ESV in Premium Luxury trim and four-wheel drive. This pick catches our attention as it includes a rear seat entertainment system and a driver assist package. The longer length is ideal for the additional cargo room. We think four-wheel drive offers the handling edge on slippery roads families demand.
- Model: 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury
- Engine: 6.2-liter V8
- Output: 420 hp / 460 lb-ft
- Transmission:10-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
- MPG: 14 City / 21 Hwy
- Options: Red Passion Tintcoat finish ($1,225)
- Base Price:$92,490 (including a $1,295 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$93,715