2020 Cadillac Escalade

 Despite sharing components with other GM vehicles, the 2020 Escalade is unmistakably a luxury SUV. Along with its chrome-laden exterior, the Escalade comes standard with a slew of upscale features like a leather interior, heated and ventilated front seats, self-parking assist, and more. Every Slade is powered by a powerful V-8 engine that can tow up to 8300 pounds when paired with rear- or all-wheel drive. Both the short- and long-wheelbase Escalade ESVs can seat up to eight passengers, but the extended Escalade ESV has a more spacious third row and more cargo space.

2020 Cadillac Escalade

The Caddy appears to be more stylish than its corporate cousins, the GMC Yukon and the Chevy Tahoe, but it is significantly more expensive and its ride isn't any more refined. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade evokes the Hollywood lifestyle, but it does not deliver the red-carpet experience.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Price

The Cadillac Escalade starts at $76,490, and we believe that's the model to get. Stepping up to the more expensive trims simply isn't worth it because the entry-level model comes with a plethora of desirable standard features. The extended ESV model costs $3000 more, but it is only worthwhile for large families. Similarly, optional all-wheel drive is only necessary in cold-weather states.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Engine

2020 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade's massive sparkling grille conceals a mighty 420-hp V-8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. They can tow up to 8300 pounds and push this plus-size SUV with authority. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The Escalade was always responsive during our testing, and the transmission handled gearchanges with ease. The Slade was quiet and refined at highway speeds. Despite a standard set of adaptive dampers, the Escalade never felt as comfortable as its branding and price would imply.

To be clear, the Caddy was never explicitly uneasy. The way it shivered over uneven surfaces, however, and how harsh bumps infiltrated the cabin, are both unacceptable. At the very least, the Escalade is composed around corners—just don't launch it onto an exit ramp at speeds exceeding the posted limit. The steering effort felt lighter than that of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, making the Escalade easier to drive at low speeds. Unfortunately, the Cadillac's lack of directness allowed it to stray from its lane on the highway. On our daily commutes, we appreciated the brake pedal's smooth and strong responses.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Fuel

Despite a hefty curb weight and a powerful V-8, the EPA estimates are comparable to the competition. Both all-wheel-drive body styles get 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, but rear-drive versions get 2 mpg more on the highway. On our highway fuel-economy test route, the Escalade ESV we tested matched its EPA-estimated 21 mpg.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Interior

2020 Cadillac Escalade Interior
We like the Escalade's plethora of standard interior features, and its spacious front seats will accommodate a wide range of body types. Unfortunately, the massage functions and top-of-the-line materials are only available on the exorbitantly priced Platinum model. A pair of second-row captain's chairs come standard, but they can be swapped out for a 40/60 split-folding bench seat. Families with more than four members may want to opt for the second-row bench seat, as the third row of the shorter Escalade is only suitable for children.

The longer Escalade ESV's third row provides 9.7 inches more legroom, but those looking for the most third-row space should consider the extended Lincoln Navigator L. While both Escalades have a power-folding third row, the extended ESV is better suited for family road trips. It held eight more bags behind the third row with an extra 24 cubic feet than the shorter model (12 total). Both Cadillacs have practical interior cubby storage, as well as a large centre console with an optional refrigerated bin.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Infotainment 

2020 Cadillac Escalade Infotainment

Every Escalade in the lineup comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that runs the most recent version of Cadillac's CUE infotainment software. A luxury vehicle should provide relaxation rather than frustration, as exemplified by CUE. Its reliance on touch-sensitive controls is constantly distracting and, at times, inaccurate. Aside from that, every model comes with a variety of charging ports and standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Safety 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not completed a thorough evaluation of the 2020 Escalade. Although all models have front and rear parking sensors, most driver-assistance technology is optional and not available on base models. The following are important safety features:

Forward collision warning and automated emergency braking are options.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are options.

Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance are both available.

2020 Cadillac Escalade Warranty 

The Escalade comes with an excellent warranty that covers the powertrain for an extended period of time. Cadillac's coverage, on the other hand, isn't the best in every category.

The limited warranty lasts four years or 50,000 miles.

The powertrain warranty is valid for 6 years or 70,000 miles.

For the first visit, maintenance is provided at no cost.