All Escalades are powered by a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. As usual, rear-drive is standard, but most buyers opt for the four-wheel drive setup. The magnetic ride control system features Sport and Comfort modes. Interiors offer seating for eight (or seven with no-cost second-row captain’s chairs) and are as indulgent as you would expect in a Cadillac of this repute. The third row folds completely into the floor at the touch of button.
The enormous load of standard equipment leaves no doubt about the Escalade’s luxury mission. Every example gets navigation, chrome wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a Bose 16-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, and parking sensors.
The standard lacks nothing in terms of luxury and convenience, except (curiously) a sunroof.