The luxury SUV segment is still strong despite last year’s spike in gas prices and an overall move in the market toward smaller, more efficient vehicles. The 2010 Cadillac Escalade continues on as one of the leaders of the segment, carrying over from the 2009 model year largely unchanged.
It’s available in either standard or extended length, with the longer version offering a 21-inch increase to boost seating capacity up to eight adults. As in years past, the Escalade shares its basic mechanical underpinnings with the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. Changes for the 2010 model year include an ironically-named new Silver Lining exterior color, replacing both Quick Silver and Blue Chip, plus a USB connection in the center console, Side thorax air bags added to the front outboard seats, a revised inner door design for enhanced safety and a revised parking brake release.
Carrying forward last year’s debut of a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine capable of burning E85 fuel, the...