The Cadillac Escalade adds the option of lane keep assist technology, and its in-vehicle infotainment system (known as CUE) adds Apple CarPlay capability and other upgrades. Beyond those new-for-2016 features, Escalade is unchanged since its full redesign for the 2015 model year. During a one-week test drive of the 4th generation SUV, driver and riders experience a calm ride. That’s largely due to the full-size SUV’s independent coil-over-shock front/solid axle rear suspension with 3rd-generation magnetic ride control and the powertrain’s smooth power progression. One especially nifty exterior feature: the standard liftgate spoiler houses the rear window wiper so it’s unseen when not in-use.
Escalade’s power provider is a 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet of torque at 4100 rpm. Engine mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 116- inch wheelbase SUV provides 94.2 cubic feet of cargo space with second and third rows folded, 51.6 cubic feet behind second row, and 15.2 cubic feet behind third row. Interior features include a reclining second row, power-fold third row, real wood accents, and center stack stow space with motorized door. When properly equipped, Escalade has an 8300-pound tow rating. The test driven Escalade 4WD Platinum carries a MSRP of $91,950 and collects estimated mpg of 15 city/21 highway.