The Cadillac Escalade is a decent luxury large SUV. It has several strengths, including a long features list and a robust engine with strong towing capability. However, it also has some shortcomings. Most classmates have gentler rides, livelier handling, and nicer cabin materials. Some also have more room for passengers and cargo.
This luxury SUV seats up to eight people if opt for the second-row bench seat. Leather upholstery is standard, as are a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated front-row seats with 12-way power adjustments, heated second-row seats, and a power-folding third row. Upgraded leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with a massage function, and power-adjustable second- and third-row seats are available. This Cadillac has two or three full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row, depending on whether you opt for the standard captain’s chairs or the available bench seat. It has 15.2 cubic feet of space when all three rows are upright. That expands to 51.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down and 94.2 cubic feet with both rear rows down.
The Cadillac Escalade is built on a body-on-frame, truck-based platform. It has ponderous handling and vague steering feedback. The ride is generally comfortable. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, the full-size 2020 Cadillac Escalade can tow up to 8,300 pounds, which is among the highest tow ratings in the class. Adding four-wheel drive drops that limit to 8,100 pounds. It earns an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Those are decent fuel economy estimates for a luxury large SUV. Adding four-wheel drive reduces that to 14/21 mpg.