Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cadillac Escalade ESV - Review

Cadillac Escalade ESV
Cadillac Escalade ESV

Regardless of trim level, the Escalade ESV is vast and plush. As the upscale sibling to the Chevrolet Suburban, the identically sized ESV offers three rows of seating and can accommodate up to eight people. To facilitate access to the third row, Cadillac offers an optional power fold-and-flip function for the ESV's second-row seats. With this kind of seating capability, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is understandably popular with family buyers as well. There are some low-grade plastics here and there, but in general, the Escalade ESV's cabin feels suitably upscale for a vehicle with a $60K price tag. In addition, even with all this technology on board, the control layout remains simple and user-friendly.

Unfortunately, the third-row seats don't fold flat into the floor. Although cumbersome to lift, the third-row bench's 50/50 sections are removable. With them removed, the ESV provides 90 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold and flip the second-row chairs out of the way and there's a maximum capacity of 137 cubic feet. With all the seats in place, there are still 46 cubic feet available in this extended-length Escalade.

Power for the Cadillac Escalade ESV comes from the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found in the standard Escalade. It churns out 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. A heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission is standard, with rear- and all-wheel drive available.


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