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2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

What’s new

  • Last year's dual-screen rear entertainment system has been discontinued
  • Part of the fourth Escalade generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • 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
  • It has a less refined ride quality than 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
MSRP Range
$78,195 - $98,295
MSRP Starting at
$78,195
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$90,687
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$90,687

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MSRP Range
$78,195 - $98,295
MSRP Starting at
$78,195
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$90,687
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$90,687

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Incentive offers available
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2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

The Cadillac Escalade is already a large luxury SUV. The Escalade ESV is the supersized version, measuring 20.4 inches longer nose to tail. Why would anyone need something this big? The short answer is cargo.

With a rather paltry 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, the standard Escalade has one of the smallest capacities in the class. The ESV's added dimensions pay dividends, more than doubling the capacity to 39.3 cubic feet. In addition to hauling a lot of stuff, the Escalade ESV is also adept at transporting up to eight passengers in comfort. Combine these with a maximum tow rating of 8,100 pounds and you have a very capable vehicle for a luxurious family vacation.

As accomplished as the Escalade ESV may be, there are some drawbacks to consider. We're not impressed by its comparably stiff ride, and the large footprint makes precise maneuvers challenging. As big as the cargo hold is, the high floor height can make it difficult to load bulky objects.

As it stands, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV plays second fiddle to our class favorite, the Lincoln Navigator L. We suggest checking out both before making a decision. To further complicate matters, it looks likely that a redesigned Escalade is on the horizon.

Which Escalade ESV does Edmunds recommend?

The Premium Luxury trim gets our recommendation in the Escalade ESV lineup. This model finds the "just right" Goldilocks zone by adding forward and reverse automatic braking, a rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV models

The 2020 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 the Platinum take this big, plush American machine to a whole different level. All Escalade ESVs are powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft) paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is optional on every trim.

The base trim is generously appointed both inside and out. Standard feature highlights include 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parking system, a hands-free 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 front seats, heated rear seats, and power-folding split third-row seats.

Standard electronic features include an 8-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a surround-view camera, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Bose 16-speaker audio system with satellite radio, five USB ports and a wireless charging pad.

For additional driver aids and more plush equipment, choose the Luxury trim, which equips 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding second-row seats, a head-up display, and 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 with automatic emergency 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 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 a massaging function, premium leather upholstery, and a cooled front-seat center console.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV.

5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 50%
Average user rating: 3.0 stars based on 2 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • comfort

Most helpful consumer reviews

1 out of 5 stars, Complete Garbage
Claudette Kolbaska,
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

We purchased this truck on 12/2/19 and it's been at the dealer 3 times for weeks at a time for the same issue. This truck has been a lemon with electrical issues from the day we purchased. Unfortunately we will never recommend or purchase another Cadillac ever again.

5 out of 5 stars, Super luxury monster
Chris Thomas,
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

You really can’t find a better option at this size. All electric everything. Every comfort imaginable for driver and guests.

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Features & Specs

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD
6.2L 8cyl 10A
MSRP$98,295
MPG 14 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD
6.2L 8cyl 10A
MSRP$86,795
MPG 14 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD
6.2L 8cyl 10A
MSRP$91,195
MPG 14 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Luxury 4dr SUV features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV
6.2L 8cyl 10A
MSRP$83,795
MPG 14 city / 23 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Escalade ESV safety features:

Rear Camera Mirror
Displays a camera view in the rearview mirror. You can still see out, even with a full load of cargo.
OnStar
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.
NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover20.4%

Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. the competition

Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. Lincoln Navigator

Among full-size luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator is our favorite. Like the Escalade ESV, the Navigator L is the long version, with 11.9 inches added between the bumpers. The main advantage of the longer length of both SUVs is increased cargo space, and the Escalade ESV more than doubles the standard Escalade's capacity. The Navigator L's volume measures slightly less. Even with this disadvantage, the Lincoln remains our top pick.

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Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. GMC Yukon XL

The Yukon XL and the Escalade ESV are essentially the same vehicle beneath the skin, sharing the same frame, powertrain and technology. In the top Denali trim, the Yukon XL is very luxurious and can save you almost $20,000 compared to the Cadillac. It's an intriguing alternative if you don't need quite as much refinement as the Escalade offers.

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Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. Land Rover Range Rover

For even more luxury than the Escalade ESV offers, the Land Rover Range Rover LWB (long wheelbase) is as posh as it gets. It will also cost about $20,000 more than the Cadillac. Helping to justify the added cost, the Range Rover has incredible off-road abilities and tons of customization options. Unfortunately, it's held back by some infotainment issues and a much smaller cargo space.

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FAQ
Is the Cadillac Escalade ESV a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Escalade ESV both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Escalade ESV gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about Cadillac Escalade ESV fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escalade ESV gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escalade ESV has 39.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac Escalade ESV. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV:

  • Last year's dual-screen rear entertainment system has been discontinued
  • Part of the fourth Escalade generation introduced for 2015
Learn more
Is the Cadillac Escalade ESV reliable?
To determine whether the Cadillac Escalade ESV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escalade ESV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escalade ESV's 3-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Escalade ESV gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Escalade ESV is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

The least-expensive 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $78,195.

Other versions include:

  • Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $98,295
  • Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $86,795
  • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $91,195
  • Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $83,795
  • Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $88,195
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $95,295
  • 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $78,195
  • 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $81,195
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What are the different models of Cadillac Escalade ESV?
If you're interested in the Cadillac Escalade ESV, the next question is, which Escalade ESV model is right for you? Escalade ESV variants include Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), and Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A). For a full list of Escalade ESV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Overview

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV is offered in the following submodels: Escalade ESV SUV. Available styles include Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premium 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).

What do people think of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Escalade ESV 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Escalade ESV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Escalade ESV featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV?
2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

The 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $96,300. The average price paid for a new 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is trending $5,598 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,598 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $90,702.

The average savings for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is 5.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESVS are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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