It’s hard to think of a better symbol for Americans’ love of everything big and luxurious than the Cadillac Escalade. It started its life as a rebadged, thinly dressed-up GMC Yukon Denali when it first arrived in 1998. Decades later, the full-size Escalade SUV has firmly established itself as the vehicle of choice for people who wish to carry three rows of passengers and their belongings in extravagant style. Cadillac offers the Escalade in standard and extended-length (ESV) styles, with powerful V8 engines. At times in its history, the Escalade has been available as a pickup truck, a hybrid SUV, and with an efficient turbo-diesel engine.