The Escalade is the all-purpose family vehicle that’s loaded with elegance.
With its signature good looks and premium features, it’s easy to see the Cadillac Escalade as a vehicle for a night on the town, one that gets you where you want to go in confident comfort and luxury. It’s easy to forget that, at its heart, the Escalade is an all-purpose family vehicle that can haul gear, people, and a trailer. So I decided to put the Escalade through its paces as a family hauler—a test it passed with ease.
Our first adventure was a weekend camping trip. No problems here: We pulled a 1.800 kg trailer like it was a child’s wagon—the Escalade’s 3.000 kg towing capacity1 hardly challenged by the extra weight as we launched (thanks to the numerically high first-gear ratio) and readily negotiated lane changes and some tight turns. The vehicle’s magnetic ride suspension automatically adjusted for the tongue weight, making sure that handling stayed steady and the ride smooth despite the load. Aligning the hitch was child’s play thanks to the rear view camera display.
We found the Escalade’s spacious 2668 litres of cargo capacity2 able to accommodate everything. The second row of seats quickly folded and tumbled out of the way, while the third row powered down flat in seconds. The adaptable cargo space came in handy when we had to take members of our youth baseball team and their equipment bags to a game. The split-folding third row allowed ample space for the gear while preserving seats in the second and third rows for players. Even the weekend trip to the grocery store went smoothly. We powered the third-row seatbacks upright to create a right-sized cargo space for a few grocery bags and milk jugs.
Anyone with kids knows you do a lot of chauffeuring, but with the Escalade, you don’t mind. On suburban roads, the 6.2L V8 engine remained quietly muted, but its massive 426 horsepower and 621 Nm of torque were apparent in the ease with which the Escalade accelerated to freeway speed from an entrance ramp and responded quickly when we needed to overtake another vehicle in a short passing lane.