2019 Cadillac Escalade Introduction

Even folks who know or care little about cars and SUVs are likely to be aware of the Cadillac Escalade. For two decades, the massive luxury SUV has served as a familiar benchmark for the full-size category.

Little has changed for the 2019 model year, apart from a new hands-free power liftgate and two new colors.

Escalades come in two sizes: standard- and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. Measuring 20 inches longer overall, the ESV adds a considerable amount of cargo space behind the standard third row of seats. Both bodies come in Base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and particularly lavish Platinum trim levels.

Cadillac’s thirsty 6.2-liter V-8 churns out an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The recently-launched 10-speed automatic transmission was jointly designed by General Motors and Ford. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive an option for each trim level.

Crash-test scores are incomplete. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has completed the full battery of tests. Cadillac offers blind-spot monitors and automatic emergency braking on the Luxury trim of the Escalade and above, not on the base model.

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