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2020 Cadillac Escalade Launched: Full Review

Even though it shares parts with lesser GM products, the 2020 Escalade is unmistakably a luxury SUV. Along with its chrome-laden shell, the Escalade has a host of upscale standard features the 2020 Cadillac Escalade evokes the premium lifestyle. Being so high up on the road gives you a panoramic view and with all the features you will enjoy the ride.

Engines Keeping Up With The Times

Behind the Escalade’s giant sparkling grille sits a mighty 420-hp V-8 engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Together, they push this massive SUV with authority and it can tow up to 8300 pounds. The  Escalade accelerates with ease, and it never seems burdened by its massive size.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. In our testing, the Escalade was always responsive, and the transmission handled gearchanges without fuss.  With a set of standard adaptive dampers, the Escalade is wonderfully comfortable as the power is sent to the wheels as needed. The Escalade is composed around corners.  The steering effort felt lighter than expected, which made the Escalade easier to operate at low speeds. It is a smooth ride over a variety of terrains. The brake pedal had smooth and strong responses that will be appreciated on daily commutes.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

You will love the Escalade’s wealth of standard interior features, and its wide front seats will fit all manner of body types.

A set of second-row captain’s chairs are standard issue, but they can be replaced with a 40/60 split-folding bench seat. Families larger than four may want to choose the second-row bench seat since the shorter Escalade’s third row is really suitable for children. The longer Escalade ESV’s third row offers an extra 9.7 inches of legroom, but those seeking maximum third-row space should be easily satisfied. While both versions of Escalades have a power-folding third row, the extended ESV is more useful on family road trips and holidays. You will find an extra 24 cubic feet behind the third row, it held way more bags back there than the shorter model. Both Cadillacs have useful interior cubby storage, including a sizable center console with an optional refrigerated bin.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every Escalade in the lineup has an 8.0-inch touchscreen running the latest iteration of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment software.  There are 16  speakers in the Bose surround system in your Cadillac lease deal. Otherwise, every model includes a multitude of charging outlets and standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. You can easily display many of your favorite smartphone apps using standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 Escalade models do feature front and rear parking sensors. Remote start, wireless device charging, and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard as well. Key safety features include forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking.  You can have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert for safer manoeuvering.   The lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist keep you focused on the road ahead.

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