2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV
- Strong V8 engine never lacks for power
- Cabin remains quiet and serene on any type of road
- Seats up to eight passengers
- Tows up to 8,100 pounds
- Ride quality is less refined than that of some other luxury SUVs
- Sheer size requires careful maneuvering in tight quarters
- High cargo floor hinders easy luggage and cargo loading
- Infotainment interface isn't always intuitive
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Escalade ESV does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.0 / 10
With undeniable road presence and luxury cachet, the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV offers an admirable skill set. Its chiseled design is bold and distinctive, and it adds brawn to its beauty with a powerful V8 engine, traditional body-on-frame construction, and an ability to tow up to 8,100 pounds. Being the long-wheelbase version with enhanced passenger and cargo room, the ESV can accommodate eight passengers with exceptional room and comfort.
Those truck-based underpinnings come back to haunt the Escalade, however: It rides rougher than most other luxury SUVs (not helped any by massive 20- and 22-inch wheels). Other rivals are also easier to live with every day and achieve better fuel economy, even if they lack the Escalade's power and capabilities. But if you need to ferry several passengers in grand style, and maybe even pull an Airstream trailer while doing it, the Escalade ESV is among the best.
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV configurations
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a full-size luxury SUV available in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. The base trim comes with a dizzying array of equipment, but the Premium Luxury and Platinum take this big, plush American machine to a whole different level.
The base trim is generously appointed both inside and out. Standard features include a 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet), a 10-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive (four-wheel drive is optional on every trim), 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parking system, a hands-free power liftgate and remote start.
Inside the cabin, you'll find tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and power-folding split third-row seats.
Standard electronic features include the CUE infotainment interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, OnStar with 4G in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a surround-view camera system, a customizable gauge cluster, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Bose 16-speaker audio system with satellite radio, five USB ports and a wireless device charger.
For additional driver aids and more plush equipment, the Luxury trim adds 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding second-row seats, a head-up display, a camera-based rearview mirror system in which the rearview mirror is a screen displaying what the camera sees behind the vehicle. It also includes a blind-spot monitoring system, lane departure warning and intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking.
Our recommended trim, the Premium Luxury, hits the sweet spot with the above features plus adaptive cruise control, a rear entertainment system with a Blu-ray player and two overhead-mounted displays, adaptive cruise control, and a more advanced collision mitigation system with both forward and reverse automatic braking.
The most lavish Escalade ESV is the Platinum trim, which adds power-retracting side steps, upgraded power front seats with massaging function, upgraded leather upholstery, a cooled front-seat center console, and two more rear entertainment screens (mounted in the front headrests) with the ability to display individual video sources, for times when your passengers can't agree on what to watch.
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
Audio & navigation7.0
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV video
[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Cadillac practically invented the luxury SUV when it first introduced the Escalade. It has always been a car that can make you feel like this even when you're just doing this. Can the 2018 Escalade still impress? There's only one way to find out. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you have the kind of lifestyle where you regularly need to carry around more than five people and you are not into the minivan, well, you don't have a whole lot of choices. There's the Yukon and the Suburban. But if you want to dress it up a little, there's basically just the Lincoln Navigator and the Escalade. The number one thing that I like most about it is the way that it looks on the outside. The fact that it hasn't changed that much, that it's still this maybe even slightly outdated giant box-- but I mean, Bentley doesn't change the way that the cars look because they're like, we're so good that we're just going to keep doing this. And I feel like the Escalade is a little bit like that too. The second best thing about a Cadillac Escalade is the power plan. It's got a 6.2-liter V8. It sounds really good. It has great power. It has a really good tip-in, that first initial burst of power when you first get on the gas. See, like that. You wouldn't think that a truck would move when you do that when it weighs so much, but it does. And it ran a 14.8 quarter-mile time when they tested it at the track, which honestly is about on par with what muscle cars in the '60s ran. So that's pretty impressive. But even if it was twice that, you still wouldn't have any problem merging on freeways because this thing is so intimidating. People move out of your way. In 2018, Cadillac put the 10-speed automatic into the Escalade. That's pretty much the same transmission that you're going to find in Chevrolet and Ford, that they're all coming from the same place. And it's a really good transmission. Sometimes these super multi-speed transmissions are always looking for somewhere else to be. In this car, it's very well-tuned. It doesn't constantly drop gears trying to find you something better. And you really only notice that you have 10 gears if you floor it in a straight line and wait for it to go through all of them, and then it's a little bit slower than you would like. Breaking in the Escalade is a lot better than you would expect it to be. I mean, again, it's this super heavy truck, and it's not something that you would want to go autocrossing in. It will absolutely bring it down to a stop. The 60-to-zero, when they tested it at the track, they said was completely in line with other vehicles that are this size and this weight. Calvin, who was testing it, told me that he wishes that the brakes were a little grabbier just at the beginning because it's nice to have that reassurance that they are about to stop you, but they do stop you. It just comes in a little bit later than you might want it to. Not exactly impressive around a road course, but it certainly could handle the turns. The steering was their major complaint. They felt it had a little dead spot. I notice it only because they pointed it out to me. It isn't something that would really bother me in daily driving. Turning radius in the Escalade is actually better than I expected it to be. You're not going to get it into itty-bitty spaces. But again, it's humongous, so why would you be trying to get it into itty-bitty spaces? Steering is something that can be changed slightly. There are three different modes that you can go through. I mean, there's no super track mode like on the CTS-V or anything like that, but there is a sport mode. It makes the steering a little bit heavier-feeling. This might be the only time you ever hear me say this, but I prefer the normal driving mode to the sport mode because I feel like having the steering be a little bit lighter makes the entire vehicle feel a little bit smaller, easier to move around. When I have to really pull on the wheel, it really reminds me how big this truck is. Because the Escalade is, underneath it all, a truck, you might get a little bit more road feel than you'd expect from a vehicle that costs $100,000 and is in the luxury realm like this is. To me, it's not a problem. If I feel a few bumps here or there, that's not going to ruin my day, and I still think that this truck is a lot of fun to drive and very comfortable. There are some downsides visibility-wise-- these big triangles of blindspot. So when you're going around corners and stuff, it can be a little difficult, and then especially in the back of the truck where all you see are the seats. So to get around that, Cadillac has this cool mirror camera. So there's a camera in the back of the tailgate, and it's projected onto the rear view mirror so it shows everything as if there was nothing in the way, but you don't see anything in the truck. And when you first get into it, you're sort of freaking out like, oh, my god, is everybody in here a vampire? I don't see them reflected. And if you did have passengers who you wanted to check on-- maybe a kid or something-- you can just use it as a regular mirror. There's also front collision warning, rear camera, cross-traffic warning. It will warn you about pretty much everything. And again, you need it. [MUSIC PLAYING] If the exterior of the Escalade is dated in a way that makes it look really good, really venerable, big, heavy, recognizable thing, the interior is a little disappointing. I just feel like nobody was really trying that hard. This is a new color combination for 2018. It has a beautiful name-- burnt maple sugar or something like that. But it's really just tan. It's nice, but there's a lot of it. They break it up a little bit with some metal and some piano black. It doesn't have any patterns, and the speakers don't have neat grills. There's a lot of storage up here. This door panel, while I don't think it's very pretty, it has some really nice pockets in it. The console isn't what you'd expect. Sure, it has cup holders. That's pretty normal, and they look nice. And that's really fun to do. This feels fancy. There are USB ports and a 12-volt socket. And then there's this little button, which is pretty fun. It's got a little beverage in it and a snowflake. That is for the refrigerated cooler that's in the console. Very cool, no pun intended, except that's it. It's in there. It's permanent. So you have no console whatsoever. That is just a refrigerator. One thing that I do like about the interior, because I do want to be a little bit positive-- this little charging pad is great. It works really well. It holds the phone. It would hold a pretty big phone. And I think it's cool because you don't have to plug anything in. You don't have to have a wire. The Escalade's gauges and infotainment system are just modern enough. I mean, they use a digital setup here in the dashboard. You can customize it a little bit, and there's not that much to put in it. I mean, you can put directions, or you can put your music. With the infotainment system-- and Cadillac calls it CUE, which is C-U-E-- it's not great. I don't want to pick on it too much because other people have in the past. First of all, you don't touch what you think you're going to touch. I mean, these look like buttons. [RADIO PLAYING] Oops. Everything's really slow to respond. It's kind of like a panic every time you're trying to do something. Inside the cabin of the Escalade is big and comfortable, as you would expect. The seats, while they aren't very fancy and they don't have the adjustability of some of the competitors, they're very comfortable. They're very big, in the front. In the back, the second row is fine. It's not as exciting as I would like it to be, but it's certainly not uncomfortable. What is uncomfortable is the third row. I get sad back here. It's like this is where you put the kid you don't like. Like, hey, Mom? Mom? Hey, Mom! This is the ESV, which means that it's actually bigger than the standard Escalade, but they added about 20 inches onto the back. But most of that is behind the rear seat. You get a tiny bit more leg room here, but most of it is for cargo space. The ESV has one of the best cargo ratings of any vehicles in its class. You can fit a lot in there. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you're interested in the Cadillac Escalade and you want to know if it's still a good buy in 2018 or a good lease, you have to ask yourself why you want it. There are competitors that do other things better. For example, the interior in the Lincoln Navigator is probably 100 times nicer. And if you want more horsepower, you can look at a Mercedes GLS AMG. Nothing in the class does exactly what the Escalade does, which is that intimidating, imposing, impressive thing of just coming up on someone in their rear view mirror. And they're like, either that's a VIP driving or there's a VIP in the back. And either way, I'm getting out of the way. It's a neat feeling to feel that important. That's a thing that's worth considering. That is worth paying for. For more information on the Escalade, go to Edmunds. For more videos like this, please subscribe. And make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review
As the luxury SUV market expands to include exotic supercar manufacturers, is there still a space where the Cadillac Escalade stands out? Special correspondent Elana Scherr plays VIP for a day in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4WD Platinum and reports back on where it sits in the high-dollar-hauler lineup.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Escalade ESV safety features:
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Cadillac's rearview camera mirror doubles as a screen that displays what the rearview camera sees out of the back of the car.
- Cadillac's OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and remote door unlocking.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- The Escalade's adaptive cruise control is paired with forward and rear collision warning with automatic braking.
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV for Sale
Large and in charge: That's what we think when we see the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV. An extended-length version of the full-size Escalade, the ESV can seat up to eight people, stow up to 120.9 cubic feet of cargo, and tow up to 8,100 pounds. Despite its blue-collar work ethic, this is a white-collar vehicle brimming with luxury features and fancy technology.
GM's 6.2-liter V8 powers the Escalade ESV, giving it 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine has power to spare. We haven't timed the ESV to 60 mph, but the shorter and slightly lighter Escalade does it in 6.4 seconds, and we expect the ESV will be only a few tenths of a second behind. EPA fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg combined for both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions. For 2018, a new 10-speed transmission notches up highway fuel economy to 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel-drive models and 21 mpg highway for four-wheel-drive models.
Posh as it may be, the Escalade ESV is still a full-size body-on-frame truck and it drives accordingly. The interior is quiet, but despite the use of GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension, it still rides harder than a car-based SUV. Handling response is better than we expected, but given its weight and bulk, it's no surprise that the Escalade ESV's limits of traction are relatively low and its braking distances are long. What did surprise us was the steering — though it's very precise, it's also very heavy.
Another surprise were the third-row accommodations. In a vehicle this size, we expect plenty of stretch-out space. So why is the Escalade ESV's third row so cramped? With a massive behind the rear seats, surely those in the way, way back could have better accommodations. Head- and legroom in the first and second rows are generous, though all three rows feel narrow at the shoulders.
And the front seats are a disappointment: They are stiff and wide and don't provide the comfort or support we want for long drives. As for the rest of the interior, it's just OK. Though the basic driving controls are easy to find and use, the CUE infotainment system is difficult and slow to respond, and the cabin build quality isn't up to the standards we expect in a vehicle this expensive.
The Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum trim levels. All, including the base model, are lavishly equipped. The Luxury offers a long list of premium equipment, yet the Premium Luxury model launches the Escalade ESV to an entirely different level. The most plush Platinum offers every feature you could possibly want and a few you didn't know you needed. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV for you.
2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Overview
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV is offered in the following styles: Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), and 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A).
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2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)
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The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $89,475. The average price paid for a new 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is trending $13,284 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is14.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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