Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade

2019 Cadillac Escalade

Pros: Bold styling; smooth, absorbent ride—especially in extended-length ESV model; posh, luxurious cabin; impressive selection of comfort, convenience, and safety features

Cons: Steep pricing; poor fuel economy; Cadillac’s CUE touchscreen interface can be finicky to use; third-row seat in non-ESV models is a bit cramped; sheer bulk means handling can be cumbersome, especially in close quarters

CG Says: The 2019 Cadillac Escalade shuffles some equipment. A Driver Awareness Package that includes forward collision alert and low-speed automatic braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, and self-dimming headlights is now standard on models except the base Standard trim. The topline Platinum model gains standard Driver Assist Package with adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse automatic braking. An improved version of GM’s wireless cell-phone charging is standard on all models except the base Standard. The Escalade is a regally trimmed full-size SUV that comes in regular or extended-length ESV models. All are powered by a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Escalades come standard with luxurious features such as a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and a power third-row seat that folds flat into the floor. Power-retracting side steps, a rear entertainment system, massaging front seats, and a cooled front center console are among the optional features. Available safety features include lane-departure warning and mitigation, front and rear automatic braking, a camera rearview mirror, and a front-center air bag located in between the driver and front-seat passenger. The Escalade shares its basic design with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon. Properly equipped, the Chevy and GMC cousins are a much better value than the Escalade: They match it in terms of functionality, but not in unabashed luxury and street “presence.” If those two qualities are high on your shopping list, then the Escalade is a must-see.

The Facts
Class Premium Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7 or 8
Drive Wheels rear-wheel driver, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Cadillac
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Standard: $76,490
ESV Standard: $79,490
AWD Standard: $79,490
AWD ESV Standard: $82,490
Luxury: $82,090
ESV Luxury: $85,090
AWD Luxury: $85,090
AWD ESV Luxury: $88,090
Premium Luxury: $86,490
ESV Premium Luxury: $89,490
AWD Premium Luxury: $89,490
AWD ESV Premium Luxury: $92,490
Platinum: $95,590
ESV Platinum: $98,590
AWD Platinum: $98,590
AWD ESV Platinum: $101,590

Base Engine
6.2-liter V8
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Cadillac Escalade
2019 Cadillac Escalade
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 3

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