The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 420 hp and a healthy 460 lb-ft of torque that comes paired to a new 10-speed automatic and delivers an EPA-rated 14/23 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and 14/21 mpg when equipped with four-wheel drive. The extended-length variant, the ESV, offers a 14-inch longer wheelbase for additional third-row and cargo room. In Motor Trend testing, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum (4WD) hit 60 mph in a very quick 5.9 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 133 feet. The Escalade’s towing capacity is between a hefty 7,900 and 8,300 pounds.
The Cadillac Escalade comes standard with many features including Magnetic Ride Control, heavy-duty towing package, an 8.0-inch screen with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, five USB ports, a 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound audio system, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, leather upholstery, heated and cooled 12-way power front seats, heated steering wheel, wireless charging, interior ambient lighting, 20-inch chrome wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and a hands-free liftgate. For additional flair, order the Radiant package that includes 22-inch split-spoke chrome wheels, a Galvano surround grille with silver mesh, and a polished exhaust tip. Ordering the top Platinum trim will result in some of Cadillac’s most luxurious options including premium Semi-Aniline leather seating surfaces for the first two rows and Mulan leather for the third, leather-wrapped instrument panel, console, and upper door trim, sueded-mircofiber headliner and door pillar trim, 18-way power adjustable front massaging seats, a center console cooler, 22-inch premium wheels, premium floor mats, illuminated Platinum door sills, two 7.0-inch rear entertainment screens, and power-retractable running boards.