Does the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Still Impress? | Review | Edmunds

As the luxury SUV market expands to include exotic supercar manufacturers, is there still a space where the Cadillac Escalade stands out? Special correspondent Elana Scherr plays VIP for a day in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4WD Platinum and reports back on where it sits in the high-dollar-hauler lineup.

Q: What's new on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV?
A: The 2018 Escalade gets a 10-speed automatic. There are new interior color options, added safety and driver assists such as automatic parking, and some trickle-down of safety features from the higher to lower level trim models.

Q: What is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV?
A: The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the extended-wheelbase version of the Escalade. It adds 14 inches to the wheelbase and 20.4 inches to the overall length of the truck. The end result is a small increase in legroom for the third-row passengers but more than double the cargo space behind the seats.

Q: How much is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV?
A: The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV starts at $74,695, but the Platinum trim we tested has a $103,185 price tag. That higher price adds features such as a rear camera mirror, rear-seat entertainment, intelligent headlights, a power sunroof, a theft deterrent system, upgraded automatic braking, 22-inch wheels, additional driver assist packages, retractable running boards, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a refrigerated console.

Q: What kind of engine does the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV have?
A: The engine in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is one of its best features. Unlike rivals Lincoln and Mercedes with turbocharged six-cylinder engines, the Escalade boasts a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. At our test track it ran a 14.8-second quarter-mile at 94.3 mph — frankly rather astounding for a more than 6,000-pound truck.

Q: What kind of fuel mileage does the 2018 Cadillac Escalade get?
A: The standard 2018 Cadillac Escalade gets 17 mpg combined (14 city/21 highway). The four-wheel-drive extended-wheelbase ESV we drove is rated at 13 mpg combined (12 city/16 highway), so it is a bit thirstier. However, with a 31-gallon fuel tank, you can still travel quite a long way between fill-ups. The Escalade's closest competitor is the 2018 Lincoln Navigator L, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and gets 16 mpg combined (15 city/20 highway) in 4WD form.

Q: How big is the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV's cargo area?
A: The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV cargo space behind the third row measures 39 cubic feet, and with all the seats down you get 120.9 cubic feet.

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