Used 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV
Which Escalade ESV does Edmunds recommend?
All Escalade ESVs are equipped with the same variable suspension dampers and powertrain configuration. The differences among the trim levels then come down to features. In our estimation, the Premium Luxury trim is the sweet spot of the range since it includes forward and reverse automatic braking, a rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive cruise, all of which are optional on the Luxury trim level beneath it.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Strong V8 engine never lacks for power
- Cabin remains quiet 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
- Only minor changes for 2019
- Part of the fourth-generation Escalade introduced for 2015
|Overall||7.0 / 10|
Big V8 power is the primary driver of the Escalade's performance. The 10-speed transmission shifts smoothly and even rev-matches downshifts, but the Escalade is too big to be a competent handler.
Oddly, ride comfort, once a Cadillac strength, suffers noticeably in the Escalade. The excellent massaging seats in our Platinum-trim tester helps the balance, but there's no avoiding the fact that many competitors do better for the same or less money.
Aside from the infotainment system, the rest of the interior is a nice place to while away the miles. The only real issues are the compromises made to the floor of the cabin and third-row seats to accommodate the solid rear axle and non-sliding second-row seats.
This is the realm of the full-size SUV, and the Escalade is about average. We would gladly give up the standard, somewhat tepid, center console cooler for more storage space. An oversight is any towing-friendly tech, found in other GM products, on this otherwise capable platform.
Lack of top-level drivers aids is the Escalade's only real fault. For instance, where's Cadillac's Super Cruise on this otherwise great road-trip hauler? Otherwise, the CUE haptic touch feedback system suffers only because of its gloss-black finish and lack of a dedicated audio-source select button.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)
This is by far the best at what it does. It goes country club to cross country vacation hauling with luxurious power and comfort. Haul the family, dogs, luggage and boat to the coast. Doesn't breath hard, smooth as silk, pulls like there's nothing attached & passes like a muscle SUV. All weather, in all seasons with comfort and confidence. I've driven everything in the $75K to $125K, over 6000lb GVW category luxury SUV category for Section 179 business purposes... they're all nice and each has their niche. However, they (like any vehicle) have their drawbacks. For example, take the 2018 Mercedes 450 GLS. The front seat ride and comfort is super, however the back seats are not designed for any drives other than a straight line. Avoid riding in the back with a full stomach. Range Rover is too small. XC90 is a front wheel drive SUV? X5. Q90, etc... are great as well, but again, not the SUV of choice. For family, toys, horse trailers, boats, etc... and all the gear that goes with them, the 2019 Escalade ESV Platinum can't be beat. Drive train choices are 2wheel, AWD, 4High and 4Low, paired with a heavy duty 10spd Automatic. Plus Touring, Sport and Snow modes at the touch of a button... it's the standard by which all others are judged.
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)
This is an awesome vehicle. It is safe and easy to handle.
Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A)
We have owned Infinity QX 80-too small and horrible long haul driver. Owned Mercedes GL but again too small for a family. The 2019 Escalade ESV is our 4th and will not be our last. Despite the critics, it is an extremely smooth ride, very comfortable for our family of 6 and all our luggage. Platinum is worth the money. We get 21-23 mpg on highway fully loaded! It handles very well and is easy to park. It looks like a Luxury car. No other luxury SUV demonstrates Luxury like an Escalade!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Escalade ESV models:
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Displays a camera view in the rearview mirror. You can still see out, even with a full load of cargo.
- Provides automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and remote door unlocking.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Modifies your set speed to account for the varying speed of traffic, then resumes when the road is clear.