With room for up to eight, a tow rating of up to 8300 pounds—and tons of bling—the Escalade is luxury writ large. A 420-hp V-8 and eight-speed automatic with rear- drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. The long-wheelbase ESV adds about 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. The rough ride and reluctant handling betray its pickup-truck foundation, and extras can push the price into the stratosphere. A tribute to conspicuous consumption, it’s more than most drivers need.