2019 Cadillac Escalade SUV
- Only minor changes for 2019
- Part of the fourth Escalade generation introduced for 2015
- Strong V8 engine is never at a loss for power
- Robust towing capacity
- Cabin remains quiet regardless of road conditions
- Less refined ride and seat comfort than other luxury SUVs
- Low handling limits and heavy steering
- High, uneven cargo floor makes loading objects difficult
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Which Escalade does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
The original Escalade was little more than a rushed "badge-engineered" version of a GMC Yukon Denali full-size SUV. In some respects, the current 2019 Cadillac Escalade isn't far off this original blueprint, still sharing all of its bones (and musculature) with GM's full-size, truck-based SUV offerings. But today's Escalade does more to differentiate itself from its plebeian roots than did its forebearer, and it now boasts more unique interior appointments and a list of standard features as long as your torso.
There's probably no more comfortable way to tow, say, a boat than to do it in an Escalade. It's a truck, after all, albeit one that is available with magnetically variable shock absorbers, miles of leather, onboard Wi-Fi, and four screens for the rear entertainment system. Yet due in part to its trucky origins, there are some compromises. The cargo area's load floor is very high, the ride quality struggles to cope with sharp-edge impacts, and its driving dynamics border on indifferent. The Escalade has its charms, but it's a concept that's showing its age.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size, body-on-frame 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 yet another level. All Escalade models are equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque) and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.
The base trim is generously appointed inside and out. Standard equipment includes 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a hands-free liftgate, remote start, three-zone automatic climate control, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, 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 parking camera system, a customizable gauge cluster display, a navigation system, five USB ports, a wireless device charging pad, and a Bose 16-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
For a few more driver aids and a bit more plush equipment, you can step up to the Luxury trim. This adds 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-folding second-row seats, a head-up display, a camera-based rearview mirror system (the rearview mirror is actually a screen displaying what the camera sees behind the vehicle) and the Driver Awareness package (automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking).
Our recommended trim, the Premium Luxury, adds adaptive cruise control, a rear entertainment system with a Blu-ray player and an overhead-mounted display, and a more advanced collision mitigation system with both forward and reverse automatic braking.
The most expensive and most lavishly appointed Escalade is the Platinum trim level. It certainly has all the bells and whistles, but you may not need all the extras it provides. The Platinum 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).
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Escalade 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.
- 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.
Cadillac Escalade vs. the competition
2019 Cadillac Escalade
2018 Lincoln Navigator
Cadillac Escalade vs. Lincoln Navigator
The Navigator is the Escalade's primary foe. And the Navigator has been completely redesigned for 2018 and is arguably the best in its class. The Navigator is refined, with a beautiful cabin, a more versatile second-row seat, and a better-behaved ride on bumpy roads that the Escalade cannot match.
Cadillac Escalade vs. Land Rover Range Rover
Lacking the Escalade's third-row seating, the Range Rover isn't in the running if you absolutely need to accommodate more than five occupants. It is, however, more performance-oriented, with a potent supercharged V8 and tidier handling. It's also more expensive than the Escalade. And if you ever find yourself off-road, the Range Rover's ability to adapt to different terrain outshines the Escalade.
Cadillac Escalade vs. GMC Yukon
It's hard to ignore the Yukon Denali if you're shopping the Escalade. They're both fundamentally the same vehicle, sharing the same body, frame and powertrain. The differences come down to features — the Escalade is simply better-equipped when it comes to creature comforts, though there's a price premium associated with it.
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What do people think of the 2019 Cadillac Escalade SUV?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Cadillac Escalade?
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