2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum

One of my favorite things about the Cadillac Escalade is that it is incredibly relaxing and easy to drive. The leather seats are as wide and cushioned as a couch, very little sound permeates the cabin, and the steering has enough power assistance to make changing course a breeze. The soft suspension and lazy engine create a serious sense of disconnection from the road. You don’t drive an Escalade, per se, you just sort of sit around and occasionally offer suggestions as to the SUV’s direction.

Even though our tester was upgraded to the Platinum trim level, which brings top-spec upgrades like nicer leather and wood trim, the Escalade’s interior cannot hold a candle to three-row competitors from Germany or Japan. As nicely finished as it may be, the Caddy’s cabin just doesn’t have the sumptuous, expensive feel of some of its rivals. Our particular Escalade was the

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