This may be the ultimate American-bred workhorse. Built in Arlington, Texas, the Cadillac Escalade ESV not only has a 7,800-lb tow rating, it can seat up to 8 adventurers in comfort, style and luxury.
This full-size Escalade shares many of its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Suburban, one of the most popular SUV’s in America. What makes it a Cadillac is extra noise deadening materials, brand exclusive exterior cues and luxury interior amenities that the Cadillac brand is known for.
Powering the Escalade is a 6.2-liter V-8 that delivers 403-HP to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also available. Mileage is what you’d expect from a vehicle that weighs almost 3-tons, 14 mpg-city and 18-highway.
There are 4 trim levels to choose from, Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum, each with a growing list of option packages including 22-inch wheels and rear seat entertainment screens.
Starting price for the Base model is $65,770, while the full-tilt Platinum Edition begins at $82,545. And then there’s the fuel bill.
Engine: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Highest MPG City: 14
Highest MPG Highway: 18
Trim Designations: Base, Luxury, Premium, Platinum
Base Price: $65,770
What I Liked: Room, comfort and luxury amenities
What Needs Improvement: If the General would offer a diesel option they could increase it’s tow rating AND fuel mileage!
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 because of poor fuel economy