There is nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a luxury SUV and experiencing the comfort and elegance of intelligent, conscious design both inside and out. That said, there is a lot that you should expect out of a luxury SUV. Some key aspects include infotainment, comfort, performance, technology, and included safety features. A great luxury SUV should provide the best in all of these areas and provide a driving experience that is far and away from driving anything else. The 2019 Cadillac Escalade manages to check off all of these requirements, and takes things even a step further, providing a luxury driving experience that is so fitting with the iconic Cadillac brand. Since 1999 the Cadillac Escalade has made a huge impression on the luxury vehicle industry, and exactly twenty years later, the brand new model continues to be a game changer in the market. Stacked up against other luxury SUVs, the Escalade continues to be an outperformer, offering more than enough room for family, friends and cargo, top-tier features, and elegant styling for both the interior and exterior. No matter what kind of vehicle you prefer, it is difficult to disregard the remarkable impressiveness of the Cadillac Escalade.
As can be expected with an SUV of its size, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade offers a premium level of engine power. This new model comes equipped with a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine. In fact, every trim option of the latest Escalade comes with a powerful V8 engine. The standard engine is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft worth of torque, which is quite impressive even for a vehicle of this size. All of that power can be put to great use too since the this Cadillac Escalade has a towing capacity topping out at 8,300 pounds. At this level of towing capacity, it can tow a medium sized trailer, with little to no issue.
Considering the size of the engine, one would think the Cadillac Escalade would be a gas guzzler, surprisingly enough, it clocks in with a mid-level fuel economy offering 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This powerhouse of an engine is coupled with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission which makes for a seamless and responsive driving experience. Behind the wheel of the 2019 Cadillac Escalade, it can be easy to forget you’re piloting a vehicle of such immense size since the vehicle handles so easily. That’s not to mention the relatively silent cabin-noise, which combined with the Escalade’s other performance features ensure a luxury driving experience from start to finish.
Hopeful drivers can pick up the 2019 Cadillac Escalade in one of four trim options, Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. No matter which trim option you choose, you’ll be given that same powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine and responsive 10-speed automatic transmission. Adding to the overall performance of this Escalade is the Selectable Magnetic Ride Control Suspension, found on all trim options, which feels like you’re riding on a cloud. While incredible performance and fulfilling driving experience are inherent to any luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade would not be the prolific luxury vehicle it is today if it wasn't for its styling and interior amenities.
When it comes to exterior and interior styling and design the 2019 Cadillac is a perfect example of the old adage, “If it aint’ broke don’t fix it.” With this new vehicle, Cadillac seems to show us ho much they understand how pure luxury is timeless. While Cadillac has made some small changes here and there, such as a small tweak in the headlights, and slight adjustments to the forward grill, the latest Escalade is just as remarkable and regal as last year’s iteration. Much like all models before it, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade is an SUV that is unapologetic in its size. While other SUVs slowly downsize across the board, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade continues to be an expansive vehicle, and there is nothing wrong with that. When it comes to luxury, drivers have come to expect plenty of leg room, and the 2019 Cadillac Escalade offers more than enough. The latest Escalade provides 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space when all three rows of seats are filled. Although, if that’s not enough for you, it also offers a grand total of 121 cubic feet of space to take full advantage of.
Like previous models the 2019 Cadillac Escalade offers three rows of seating, providing plenty of room for seven passengers. All models of the 2019 Escalade include heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, and a thumping Bose CenterPoint Surround Sound 16-Speaker audio system. If you upgrade to the Luxury or Premium Luxury model, you’ll be guaranteed a futuristic heads up display, as well as an expansive power sunroof. Cadillac tops off the comfort and styling amenities in the Platinum trim option, providing features like 18-way adjustable seats with Massage functionality. These seats are the peak of luxury car driving, and they aren’t the only luxurious feature that you’ll find in the Platinum edition of the 2019 Escalade. Platinum models also receive suede-microfiber trimming, illuminating door handles, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel.
In regard to luxury styling, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade certainly lives up to and even exceeds expectations. That said, what truly makes Cadillac’s latest flagship SUV truly impressive is all of the technology that you’ll have at your disposal.
Luxury SUVs are expected to be more than just powerful and comfortable; they should also come packed with the latest in automotive technology. Auto tech has changed drastically over the years. Driver’s of the past may have been just satisfied with a CD player and adjustable seats, today, tech is changing the way we drive entirely, and the 2019 Cadillac Escalade is equipped with the latest tools to hit the market.
Starting with infotainment, the base model of the 2019 Escalade comes with 12-way power front seats and an 8.0-inch Infotainment touchscreen that is equipped with software that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As mentioned, prior, base models of the Cadillac Escalade come with an impressive 16-speaker Bose sound system, which pumps out crisp, high-quality audio. The base model is a fantastic start, even in regard to luxury vehicles. That said, the Premium Luxury model brings things up a notch, adding in a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system, which is a great option for entertaining passengers.
Infotainment tech may be a big deal for luxury car drivers, and safety tech definitely resides at the top of the list in terms of importance. Safety tech for cars has changed from protecting drivers during a crash to helping drivers avoid crashes altogether. Thanks to a suite of smart safety features, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade lives up to this expectation, and then some.
While you won’t find any smart safety tech in the base model of the vehicle, you’ll find plenty of these features in higher-end trims. For instance, higher trims, offer features like automatic emergency braking. This smart feature uses sensors to detect vehicles or objects ahead of the Escalade. When an object sets off these sensors, the vehicle’s computer will take control of the brakes and activate them ahead of time to avoid a collision. Blind-spot monitors are another safety addition to the Cadillac Escalade. This feature utilizes sensors and cameras to alert you when a vehicle is passing within your blind spot. Active lane control brings another protective layer to the safety suite in the Cadillac Escalade. Active lane control is a feature that is designed to keep you from accidentally drifting out of your lane. All of this safety tech can provide incredible peace of mind behind the wheel and brings the idea of a luxury car to the next level.
With all of the technology behind this brand new Cadillac Escalade, it is easy to see how this luxury SUV continues to draw the mass appeal of drivers of all interests and preferences.