Eric's Autos: 2022 Cadillac Escalade
It's no accident that the bestselling Cadillac model right now is very much like the models that used to define what a Cadillac was -- back when Cadillac sold more luxury cars than any other luxury car brand.
It just happens to be an SUV.
What It Is
The Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV with three rows of seats. That gives it the same passenger carrying capacity as a 1970 Sedan de Ville, which carried the same number of people three across, in two rows of seats.
Like the old Sedan de Ville, the Escalade comes with the biggest V8 GM offers in any vehicle -- a Cadillac tradition. It is also the only Cadillac still available with a V8, and the only Cadillac that still features body-on-frame construction -- just like a '70 Sedan de Ville.
Prices start at $76,295 for the base luxury trim in 2WD (rear-wheel drive) form. A 3.0-liter Duramax diesel V6 is standard, but you can swap that out for the 6.2 liter V8 for an extra $50, making the V8 effectively a no-cost option.
A Premium-Luxury Platinum version with 4WD and the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel lists for $110,340.
The Escalade was fully redesigned for the 2021 model year, so the '22 is pretty much identical except for some minor shuffling of trim/standard and optional equipment.