2019 Cadillac Escalade

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2019 Cadillac Escalade Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

A humongous body paired with a dated design happens to explain the Escalade perfectly! WIth strong resemblance to the GMC Yukon this SUV has inherited traits of a rugged truck. Though in this world of subtle lines and chic designs the Escadla is a car stuck in time. Cadillac is draggin the design with yearly updating the deal and the staple magnetically variable shock absorbers which keeps in engaging and comfortable. Cadillac offers the Escalade in two configurations, the standard wheelbase and an extended ESV with a longer wheelbase that provides 10-inch additional legroom and more than 25 cubic feet of extra cargo space.

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Pros

Hefty V-8 engine

Superlative towing capacity -8300 pound

Quiet cabin regardless road condition

Swanky interior

Cons

Fussy infotainment system

Heavy steering

High cargo floor makes loading object difficult

What's New?

There is no major change in 2019 Cadillac Escalade


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75195

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

224.3 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

5831 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

8100 lbs.

payload capacity

1440 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/23 mpg

ev range

364 mi.

highway range

713 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

powertrain warranty

6 years/70000mi.

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven color  2019 Cadillac Escalade in Bronze Dune Metallic color  2019 Cadillac Escalade in Crystal White Tricoat color  2019 Cadillac Escalade in Radiant Silver Metallic color  2019 Cadillac Escalade in Satin Steel Metallic color
Black Raven

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine

7.6

Interior

7.2

Comfort

7.0

Driving

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac Escalade base

base

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$75,195 - $78,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $78,195 MSRP (14 mpg/17/21 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7
4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $75,195 MSRP (14 mpg/17/23 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

 2019 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$80,795 - $83,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $83,795 MSRP (14 mpg/17/21 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7
Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $80,795 MSRP (14 mpg/17/23 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

 2019 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$85,195 - $88,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $88,195 MSRP (14 mpg/17/21 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7
Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $85,195 MSRP (14 mpg/17/23 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

 2019 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Platinum

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$94,295 - $97,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $97,295 MSRP (14 mpg/17/21 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $94,295 MSRP (14 mpg/17/23 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.0

Overall Rating


All the models are equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine (420 horsepower, 460-pound-feet of torque) and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Apart from the powerful engine, the Escalade also has an impressive towing capacity of 8,300 pound which is more than most other luxury SUVs. With a base price of $75,990 (RWD), this full-size luxury hauler is definitely worth a look.


5.0/10
Features

 

7.6/10
Engine

 
 

7.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Cadillac Escalade Features

5.0/10

The Escalade is available in four trims: Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The base trim comes with a wide array of equipment, but the Premium Luxury and Platinum models take this huge, lavish machine to another level. All the Escalade comes standard with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard while you get the four-wheel drive as optional.

There is an extensive list of features that this full-size luxury boasts ranging from built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to a 360-degree camera. Top trim Platinum priced at $95,090 (2WD) also gets premium leather upholstery, massaging front seats, power retractable steps, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and a built-in cooler.

Trims

Standard

Luxury

Premium Luxury

Platinum

MSRP(2WD)

$75,195

$83,795

$85,990

$95,090

MSRP(4WD)

$78,195

$84,590

$88,990

$98,090

Features

Standard Features:

Includes all Escalade features, plus:

Includes all Escalade Luxury features, plus:

Includes all Escalade Premium Luxury features, plus:

 

Power fold-flat third-row seats

Lane Change Alert with Side-Blind Zone Alert

Driver Assist Package

Premium Semi-Aniline leather seating surfaces for front two rows and Mulan leather for third row

 

Birdseye view of vehicle

22" dual 7-spoke premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

 

Leather-wrapped instrument panel, console and upper door trim
 

20" dual 7-spoke chrome plated aluminum wheels

Lane Departure Warning

   
 

Magnetic Ride Control with selectable Sports mode

Forward Collision Alert  

 

 

Leather seating surfaces with 12-way power adjustability for driver and front passenger

Automatic Braking

   
 

Rear Vision Camera

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

   
 

Power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory settings

Safety Alert Seat

   
 

Surround Vision

IntelliBeam automatic high beam on/off headlamps

   
 

Automatic Parking Assist

Lane Keep Assist

   
 

Second-row manual release fold-and-tumble seats

     

We Recommend

All the 2019 Escalade comes standard with a powerful V-8 engine so choosing between the trim basically depends upon the kind of features you want inside the vehicle. As all the Cadillac boasts an extensive list of features but to get the best interior we would suggest you to go with the Premium Luxury trim. It comes with all the features of Luxury trim and adds rear entertainment system and adaptive cruise control.

2019 Cadillac Escalade Engine

7.6/10

“Big V8 power is the primary driver of the Escalade's performance. A new 10-speed automatic transmission makes it more efficient than before. The transmission shifts smoothly and even rev-matches downshifts, but the Escalade is too big to be a competent handler”

"The Escalade doesn’t deliver the luxurious ride quality that we expect from this brand. Even with the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension system that allows the driver to tailor its performance to the driving situation, the occasional bumps and thump remind you that the Escalade is derived from a truck chassis, not a car platform.”

- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

For 2019 model year, the company has not mad any major changes with Escalade’s powertrain. A 10-speed automatic transmission, jointly developed by General Motors and Ford replaces the previous model year’s 8-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2-liter V-8 engine is a monster of an engine and is more than enough to move this 5,500-pound SUV briskly. Quick acceleration lets you speed away from a stop easily. While its towing capacity of 8,300 pounds is more than most other luxury SUVs.

Models

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

MSRP

$75,990

$94,050

$72,055

$49,080

Engine

6.2L VVT V8 engine

3.0-liter V-6 engine

3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine

5.3-liter 8-cylinder Gas engine

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

380 hp @ 6500 rpm

450 hp @ 5500 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

460 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

332 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

500 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

With 420 horses under its hood and 460 pound-feet of torque, it drives like a big, bulky truck. The V-8 feels incredibly burly and does not even slow down, even with the added heft of the extended-wheelbase ESV model. The 10-speed auto transmission feels incredibly smooth while shifting when more power is needed. You will not feel left behind on the highway as it merges into traffic easily.

Acceleration

Despite its humongous size the 2019 Cadillac Escalade is the fastest of the lot and makes 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. It even beat others in quarter mile as it takes only 14.6 seconds to cover the distance. Acceleration is easy and effortless.

Models

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.6 sec @ 95.2 mph

14.8 sec @ 92.8 mph

15.1 sec @ 90.1 mph

16.7 sec. 15 @ 91 mph.

Engine

6.2L

3.0L

3.5L

5.3L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.3

9.2

9.3

9.2

Braking and Handling

Escalade’s ride quality is comfortable however you may feel the occasional bump over, particularly uneven roads. You get a stiff ride with the optional 22-inch wheel setup but the SUV hold its ground nicely thanks to its balanced steering. On the downside, the car-based SUV feels more athletic and comfy than the truck-based Escalade. Magnetic Ride Control and rear-wheel drive come standard while four-wheel drive is optional. Brakes on the Escalade feel strong with an average stopping distance of 133-feet. The vehicle also nosedives a bit when strong brakes are applied.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Brake front(in)

17.0

15

13.8

15.6

Brake Rear(in)

17.0

13.8

13.8

10.88

Curb weight(lbs)

5572

4727

5760

5466

60-0 MPH

133 ft.

120 ft.

125 ft.

137 ft.

Towing and Payload Capacity

A luxury vehicle that can tow too and that to a massive 8,100 pounds with the four-wheel drive while the rear-wheel drive increases the capacity by 200 pounds. Lincoln Navigator and GMC Yukon meanwhile offer better-towing capacity. Go for the 2019 Escalade if you want to tow a trailer while riding in upscale comfort with your family.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Engine

6.2L

3.0L

3.5L

5.3L

Drive Train

2WD

2WD

2WD

2WD

Capacity (lbs)

8300

3968

8900

8500

2019 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

Fuel economy? Who cares! Anyone who is buying this big, bulky, muscular SUV must be rich enough to spend that extra bucks on the fuel. Jokes apart, the Escalade with the V-8 engine has an EPA rating of 14 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined which is pretty low when compared to the rivals.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Mpg city

14

17

16

16

Mpg highway

23

23

23

23

Mpg combine

17

19

19

19

2019 Cadillac Escalade Interior

7.2/10

“Aside from the infotainment system, the rest of the interior is a nice place to while away the miles. The only real issues are compromises to the floor of the cabin and third-row seats made for the solid rear axle and non-sliding second-row seats”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside, the Escalade is quiet but a bumpy ride quality and so-so seats add some negative points. Seats are the biggest drawback, they do not feel comfy and are featureless. There is not enough thigh support for tall drivers and seats are not comfortable for long drives. Although, there is a good amount of headroom and legroom in the first and second row which you would rather expect from an SUV this size. The shoulder room in all the three rows feels narrow. Seating feature includes:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second row
  • 18-way power-adjustable front seats (Optional)
  • Premium leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Massaging front seats (Optional)

GMC Yukon which is priced much less than the Cadillac and offers plenty of space for eight people and is a better alternative. Size- wise the Yukon matches the GMC neck-to-neck but you get more rear shoulder room and value for money in the GMC.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Passenger capacity

7

5

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

42.8/64.9/45.3

39.3/60.7/42.5

39.5/63.3/43

42.8/64.8/45.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.2/59.4/40.2

39.7/63.7/39.1

38.7/65.1/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

N/A

37.6/51.9/37.7

38.1/62.6/24.8

Infotainment

Everything inside looks worthy of the Escalade’s price with an attractive 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system although it feels slow to respond to the inputs and difficult to navigate. Even the touch-sensitive buttons on the center stack feel sluggish. The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system includes:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Five USB-ports
  • Wireless device charging
  • 16-speaker sound system

Cargo Space

You get 15.2 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 51.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and 94.2 cubic feet overall. The cargo capacity is impressive for a full-size SUV although the Lincoln Navigator offers better cargo space than the Escalade. The ESV model with a long-wheelbase, however, increases the cargo capacity, with 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 with the second row folded and 120.9 cubic feet with both rows folded.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Volume (ft.cube)

(Behind 3rd row)

15.2

-

18.1

15.3

Volume (ft.cube)

(3nd Row Folded)

51.6

27.7

54.4

51.7

Volume (ft.cube)

(2nd & 3rd Row Folded)

94.2

62.2

103.3

94.7

2019 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

“The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is brash but refined”- The Car Connection

Dimensions and weight

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is the big boss of the GM’s luxury line-up. It is one of the most recognizable Cadillac on the road today thanks to its slanting edges and daunting stance. There is also no denying the fact that this SUV boasts more swagger than any other vehicle that has hit the road. Its unmistakable styling is evident from every angle and it shares much of its structure with the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and the GMC Yukon.

Model

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover

Lincoln Navigator

GMC Yukon

Curb weight(lbs)

5572

4727

5760

5466

Lenght(in)

203.9

196.8

207.4

203.9

Width(in) (w/o mirror)

80.5

78.1

78.8

80.5

Height(in)

74.4

72.3

78.1

74.4

Ground clearance(in)

8.0

8.7

8.4

8.0

Wheel base(in)

116.0

115

119

116.0

Track width(in) F/R

68.7/68.7

66.5/66.3

67/67.2

68.7/68.7

You get a full-led headlight with four crystals that act as high beam, giving of radiant light. Long vertical taillight also gets LEDs which makes it easy to follow the Escaladed when visibility is low. Aerodynamic rear spoiler adds a sporting flair to this SUV. It is, however, smaller than the Lincoln Navigator in size but the ESV model is about two-feet longer than the standard model making it one of the largest in class.

2019 Cadillac Escalade Safety

The NHSTA has rated the 2019 Cadillac Escalade with a four-star rating overall while the SUV scored a “Basic” rating for the front crash prevention test conducted by the IIHS. Both the organization have not conducted a full crash test on the Escalade yet and we will be updating the page as soon as the ratings arrive.

On the Reliability front, Cadillac has covered the Escalade by a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety features

The 2019 Escalade come equipped with an innovative airbag placed between the front seats designed to protect the passenger from colliding with each other. A new feature enables the SUV to park itself at the press of a button, which is a boon while driving in congested conditions. Cadillac has fitted the Escalade with several levels of safety that can detect if someone is trying to steal the car by breaking the glass or towing it. This system sounds the alarm and prevents the vehicle from starting or moving.

  • OnStar Automatic Crash Response
  • OnStar Crisis Assist
  • OnStar Emergency Services
  • OnStar Hands-Free Calling
  • OnStar Low Mileage Discount
  • OnStar Remote Door Unlock
  • OnStar Remote Horn and Lights
  • OnStar Remote Ignition Block
  • OnStar Roadside Assistance
  • OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance
  • OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

2019 Cadillac Escalade Competition

2019 Cadillac Escalade Vs Land Rover Range Rover

If you want a luxury SUV without three-row seating then go for the Land Rover Range Rover. It has a better fuel economy than the Escalade especially when equipped with the turbodiesel engine. The Land over also offers a luxurious ride and can take even the toughest trails. A four-wheel drive is standard on all its model which is otherwise optional on Escalade. All these features do come at a price as the Range Rover have a higher starting price than the Cadillac.

2019 Cadillac Escalade Vs GMC Yukon

Both these vehicles are similar in many ways and the Yukon’s Denali trim feels like an Escalade under a different name. Yukon and Escalade both offer two wheelbase options, a V-8 engine, and plush interior although. GMC Yukon also comes with soft-touch surface and high-grade material, including real woods and leather. It’s the price that makes both the SUV part ways as the Yukon is tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than the Escalade. Even if you choose the top trim Denali you will save thousands of dollars with similar features.

2019 Cadillac Escalade Vs Lincoln Navigator

Both the Escalade and Navigator are full grown SUVs with truck-based, body-on-frame construction. They are available in extended wheelbase versions with additional cargo capacity behind third-row. The key difference between the two is that Lincoln has redesigned the Navigator for 2019 while the Escalade remains the same since 2015. The V-6 engine on the Navigator is more fuel efficient and it is also more spacious inside. With more cargo space, towing capacity and lower base price, Lincoln marches ahead of the Cadillac.

2019 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is the epitome of full-size SUVs and pairs itself with luxurious interior along with excellent towing capacity. Although its trucklike body-on-frame is a big disadvantage as the SUV compromises on ride quality over uneven pavements. It also does not feel confident over corners like other car-based SUVs. On the positive side, while other SUV manufacturers are downsizing, the Escalade ESV with longer wheelbase proves bigger is better, providing more cargo and interior space.

The Cadillac boasts one of the best interiors in the class however the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown. Regardless, the Escalade is the best looking and the quickest in the segment and ranks high as compared to rivals.