The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury utility vehicle. It’s interior includes noise compensation technology, tri-zone climate control and leather captain’s chairs. A ride in this vehicle will surely be unforgettable.
Even on steep upgrades with full loads, the engine powering the Cadillac Escalade provides plenty of power to make the big, heavy wagon feel perky, while the six-speed automatic transmission has a knack for finding the right gear. Brakes are powerful enough to slow the big SUV, and although the Escalade doesn’t handle nimbly, it’s one of the best of the biggest truck-based SUVs; the ride remains even-keeled and absorbent in the process, and the interior stays impressively silent except for a bit of engine noise.
The Escalade is virtually unbeatable for elbow and shoulder room because of its wide cabin. Seats are among the most ample and supportive of any vehicle. In both models, the second row is nearly as comfortable as the first, and in the ESV, the third row is quite roomy, though a bit difficult to access. Despite its high, truck-like driving position, the Cadillac Escalade is graced with an attractive instrument panel that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury sedan.
Head-curtain side airbags covering all three rows are standard on the Cadillac Escalade, as are front side airbags; the StabiliTrak stability control system includes rollover mitigation to help avoid situations that might lead to a rollover. On that note, the Escalade gets a low three-star rating for rollover likelihood from the federal government (largely for its high center of mass), but the Escalade has earned top five-star ratings in the tests for frontal and side crash protection.