A full-size SUV from General Motors' (GM's) Cadillac luxury marquee, the Escalade has been one of the better-selling offerings in its class throughout its two decades of production. The 2021 model year welcomes the fifth-gen model, complete with a total redesign. Several enhancements have been implemented to make it a worthy pick in the large luxury SUV segment. Included in this production cycle is a long-wheelbase version of the Escalade, which bears the "ESV" suffix.


Befitting for a vehicle its size, the fifth-gen Escalade ESV has a 6.2-liter V8 under its hood that dispenses 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque with premium gasoline. Consequently, acceleration is brisk, and the V8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth gear shifting. However, there's the option of getting a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel-powered engine, which is unique for its class and cuts down the amount of fuel consumption notorious on full-size SUVs. Front-wheel drive is standard, with the option of upgrading to an all-wheel drivetrain to enhance performance on slippery roads of Newburgh and Owensboro, KY.


The Cadillac Escalade ESV's trio of leather-trimmed seats can hold up to eight people with the second-row bench-style seat; there's the option of going with a pair of captain's seats instead to reduce the maximum occupancy to seven. The new independent rear suspension lowers the floor to provide more legroom for third-row passengers, who already have more room in the Escalade than most other large SUVs. Better yet, due to the elongated wheelbase, there's more passenger space overall in the ESV than in the regular Escalade. Other standards include the following:

  • A heated steering wheel
  • Front-seat power adjustability and power lumbar support
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Driver-side memory


The Escalade ESV provides a grand OLED display system that displays vehicle information and enables you to execute functions that consist of a 7.2-inch control panel, 14.2-inch cluster display, and a 16.9-inch infotainment screen. Encased in a curved sheet of glass, it is the first of its kind. Entertainment blares from a 19-speaker AKG Studio stereo system, manufactured by a company known for producing professional studio recording equipment. Other standard features include the following:

  • Proximity keyless entry with push-button engine start
  • Remote start
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Tri-zone automatic control system
  • Universal transceiver
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • SiriusXM trial subscription with SiriusXM 360L platform
  • Surround-view camera
  • Driver-assistance features (such as forward collision alert, front and rear park assist, and rear pedestrian alert)


The latest Cadillac Escalade ESV is split into five trim levels. The Luxury is the base-level trim, and the previously mentioned features apply to this model. Above the Luxury are the following trim levels:

  • Premium Luxury: This trim level adds features such as a panoramic power sunroof, a head-up display, and driver-assistance features that include rear cross-traffic alert and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.
  • Sport: As the racing-style trim, the Sport is notable for introducing an electronic limited-slip differential to maximize traction, stability, and maneuverability, as well as magnetic ride control to optimize road-hugging.
  • Premium Luxury Platinum: A rear-seat entertainment system and the 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference stereo system are some of the several features added at this level.
  • Sport Platinum: As the top-level trim, the Sport Platinum shares the Premium Luxury Platinum's features, albeit with the addition of distinctive features such as larger, 22-inch 12-spoke Dark Android-finishes alloy wheels.


The Escalade ESV is essentially the luxury, more expensive version of the GMC Yukon XL. However, the vehicles both produced by GM roughly have similar dimensions and equipment. The Lincoln Navigator L, which is also luxury-branded, does not quite have the level of premium features as the Escalade ESV. For instance, its 10-inch touchscreen is no match for the Escalade's innovative OLED display system.

  Are you in the Jasper or Henderson, KY areas? Check out what we have at Romain Cross Pointe Auto Park in Evansville today and test-drive the latest Cadillac Escalade ESV.

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