Cadillac's Escalade ESV offers more room for those who find the Escalade, a full-size SUV, just a bit too small. Its wheelbase is 14 inches longer than the full-size Escalade, and its total length exceeds the standard model by more than 20 inches. Third-row occupants benefit from increased legroom, and cargo capacity behind them nearly triples. The ESV competes with other luxury SUVs such as the Lincoln Navigator L and Lexus LX 570. As with the regular-wheelbase Escalade, the Escalade ESV gets a full complement of luxury equipment, including leather seats, plenty of exterior chrome and optional 22-inch wheels. It's available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
New for 2010
The Cadillac Escalade ESV's 6.2-liter V-8 now features cylinder deactivation, a technology designed to save gas by automatically shutting off four cylinders when driving conditions allow. The clock from prior Platinum trims is now standard across the lineup, and there are new side-impact airbags for the front seats. There's a USB port for connecting a portable music player to the audio system.
Built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV stretches 20.4 inches longer than the regular Escalade. Fourteen of those inches go to extending the wheelbase, which allows for larger rear doors unconstrained by wheel wells. Height increases by 1.2 inches, and width remains about the same. Despite the bigger dimensions, curb weight increases by just 217 pounds for rear-wheel-drive models.
- Jeweled headlights
- Cadillac's now-familiar grille up front
- Rectangular taillights in back
- Eighteen-inch wheels standard; 22-inch wheels optional
- Power liftgate standard
The ESV's extended dimensions don't yield significant gains for first- or second-row occupants, but third-row passengers gain nearly 10 inches of legroom. Cargo volume behind the third row increases from 16.9 cubic feet to 45.8 cubic feet. With the third-row seat removed and the second row folded forward, maximum cargo volume is 137.4 cubic feet—about 28 cubic feet more than the regular Escalade.
- Optional DVD entertainment system includes a second 8-inch screen for third-row passengers
- Standard leather interior, automatic climate control, power-operated front seats
- Standard seating capacity is seven; available second-row bench expands capacity to eight
Under the Hood
The Escalade ESV uses the same engine as the regular Escalade: a 6.2-liter V-8 with 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission.
- 7,600 (RWD) or 7,800 pounds (AWD) of towing capacity when properly equipped
Safety equipment includes:
- Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
- Standard electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology
- Standard side curtain airbags in all three rows of seats
- Front-seat side-impact airbags new for 2010