For a vehicle based on a pickup-truck chassis, the Escalade and Escalade ESV are remarkably composed, with steering, braking and cornering capability that generally disguise their agrarian roots. We would wish, however, for better on-center steering feel. And when confronted with a collision scenario, size does matter. At almost three tons, the Escalade will be bigger than most things it collides with. It also offers head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows, dual front side-impact airbags and pretensioners to minimize passenger movement during a collision.
Helping to avoid collisions are StabiliTrak with rollover mitigation technology, standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and the safety of a responsive, albeit thirsty, V8 powertrain.