2019 Cadillac Escalade Engine

 The Cadillac Escalade 2019 is available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The well-equipped standard Escalade is a good bet for most buyers, but those looking for more safety features should look into the Luxury or Premium Luxury trims. The Cadillac Escalade ESV long-wheelbase model has more cargo and third-row passenger space than the standard-wheelbase model.

2019 Cadillac Escalade

2019 Cadillac Escalade Engine

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. We also liked the hearty growl that came from the exhaust pipes after a hard throttle input. 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. Sure, it rode well on smooth pavement, but as soon as things got bumpy, the luxury layer vanished. 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 in the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, making it easier to manoeuvre 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.