Cadillac Escalade Esv Platinum 2019 Exterior and Interior

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The Cadillac Escalade Esv Platinum 2019 handles well and its standard AWD gives off-road ability as well, though only the turbo model offers spirited performance.

The fundamentals of all trim levels of the Escalade are the same, so the choice among them comes down to creature comforts. We recommend the Premium Luxury trim, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse automatic braking, and the rear-seat entertainment system that’s optional on the Luxury trim level beneath it.

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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.

2019 Cadillac Escalade configurations

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size, body-on-frame luxury SUV available in four trim levels: baseLuxuryPremium 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.

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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).

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Cadillac Escalade Platinum (6.2L V8 | 10-speed automatic | 4WD).

The best value in Cadillac Escalade Esv Platinum 2019 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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