“While thirst will always be an issue with such models, the Escalade’s hustle is not. Overcoming inertia in a 5870-pound wagon (not including passengers and cargo) is a big job, but the new 6.2-liter won’t be left behind when the light turns green. The big Caddy sprinted from zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds, pretty brisk for nearly three tons, and it’s also a small improvement over the previous generation’s 6.3-second 0-60 time.
“The six-speed automatic smoothly optimizes the 6.2’s robust output. Would it be better with the impending GM eight-speed auto? Probably. But it’s hard to imagine anyone perceiving the current six-speed as unsatisfactory, although its manual-gear-selection button on the column shifter is awkward to use.” -- Car and Driver