The 2022 Cadillac Escalade offers available —the first true hands-free driver assistance technology for compatible roads, including the all-new Automatic Lane Change functionality. The 2022 Escalade SUV offers every high-tech item and the utmost in luxury features. Luckily, due to the Escalade’s massive size, Cadillac could fit it with a lot of those features.
Fine leather, genuine wood, and shiny metal trims line the cabin. A huge, curved digital display dominates the dashboard, serving up both infotainment- and driver-gauge displays in a unique way. The Escalade’s exterior draws inspiration from the gorgeous Escala concept car scaled up to size XXL and adapted to the Escalade’s boxy silhouette. Most Escalades will roll with the standard 6.2-liter V-8 but Cadillac also offers a more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six as an option.
No matter the engine, the Escalade’s ride and handling are luxury-car appropriate—but, of course, don’t expect the playfulness you’ll find in the brand’s sedans.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
Cadillac’s biggest SUV is powered by either a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and can deactivate half of its cylinders when cruising to save fuel or a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. A 10-speed automatic transmission will be standard with both engines, and buyers will be able to choose from the rear- or all-wheel-drive setups based on their individual needs.
As with its siblings, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon, the Escalade rides on an independent rear suspension to help provide a smooth ride. Higher-end models also offer an air suspension with adaptive dampers that use computer-controlled shock absorbers. At our test track, the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV with the V-8 engine sprinted to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. The diesel engine sounds less refined than the V-8, but for some buyers that compromise is worth the improved fuel economy and low-end torque.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
Rear-wheel drive Escalades are rated at 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined; adding all-wheel drive drops each of those numbers by 1 mpg. The last generation model carried ratings as high as 23 mpg highway and Escalade’s key rival–the Lincoln Navigator–offers more efficient ratings too. Opting for the turbo-diesel engine makes a big difference, with EPA estimates as high as 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, an all-wheel-drive Escalade with the optional diesel engine returned 26 mpg. For more information about Escalade’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
As the flagship of the Cadillac lineup, the 2022 Escalade ups the ante on in-cabin luxury. Faux leather is used in the base Luxury trim, but all other trims receive the real deal, with Platinum models getting soft semi-aniline hides. Leather-covered dash and door panels, aluminum speaker grilles, and adjustable interior ambient lighting provide an upscale appearance. Like the outgoing model, both a standard and long-wheelbase model are offered, the latter of which yields more legroom for third-row riders and additional cargo space.