Sometimes you might have to transport as many as eight people and have their luggage come along as well. Sometimes you might have to tow something, be it a boat up to the lake or some dirt bikes up to a trail. However, sometimes you just want to be pampered by a plush cabin with all the high-tech bells and leather-lined whistles. A minivan is definitely not the answer. My 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV just might be.
The Platinum Escalade ESV is generously appointed with 22-inch chrome wheels, magnetic ride control with Sport and Comfort modes, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, running boards, a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar and driver memory functions, heated rear seats and split power-folding third-row seats. Standard electronic features include Cadillac's CUE touch-operated infotainment interface; a customizable instrument panel; a navigation system; real-time traffic; and a Bose 16-speaker audio system with active noise-cancelling, satellite and HD radio, five USB ports, a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack, a sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding second-row seats, a head-up display, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and a safety alert driver seat that buzzes to warn of potential hazards and additional security features, cornering lights, a rear entertainment system with a Blu-ray player, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation with automatic braking, specialized door sills, heated and ventilated 14-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), massaging front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a simulated suede headliner, a cooled front-seat center console and dual rear-seat DVD screens. Power-retracting side steps with approach lighting.