The powerful Cadillac Escalade is a large, three-row crossover SUV that boasts a surprisingly luxurious ride without sacrificing any towing power. Aimed at attracting families, the Escalade takes pride in its interior comforts.
The initial Chevrolet Escalade received little fanfare upon introduction. Indeed, it was the latest entry in the luxury SUV battle - it took a break in 2001 to prepare for major redesigns in 2002. It emerged with a high-quality interior and rear-wheel drive versions. Over the years, Cadillac introduced the Escalade with a variety of trims, including: EXT, ESV, and Platinum. Otherwise, the Escalade has changed very little over the last several model years. The latest Escalade is heavily restyled and filled with leather and suede upholstery.
With high-quality upholstery, tons of space, and a quiet cabin, the Chevrolet Escalade is built to maximize interior comforts for all passengers. The drive itself could be more engaging and acceleration could be more powerful, but the driver will enjoy a luxurious ride. Fuel economy is roughly similar to other large SUVs with enough efficiency to be the go-to vehicle to ferry the family around the city. Additionally, the Escalade can tow more than 8000 pounds depending on its configuration.
Despite being based on a pickup, the Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious SUVs on the market. While that doesn't mean it's any less good at towing boats or transporting families around, the large crossover SUV stands out against competitors by providing the best day-to-day driving experience.
The Cadillac Escalade is powered by a 6.2 V8 engine built to haul this gargantuan vehicle. Typically, it's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, but some 2015 models and all 2016 models received an upgrade to the eight-speed automatic transmission. The Escalade has either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive as options.