Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2019 Cadillac Escalade OVERVIEW
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.