Review 2011 Cadillac Escalade The Truth About Cars

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A large luxury SUV can’t be to make rational sense. As pointed out when commenting on Lincoln Navigator review. who needs the combination of interior and towing capability the Navigator its arch-rival, the Cadillac Escalade, on offer, could obtain the functionality in a Ford Expedition or Tahoe / Suburban for a lot less For the Lincoln and Cadillac to be worth loftier prices, they’d deliver something above and mere functionality.

The Lincoln short in this regard, across as little more a bechromed Ford. Might the Escalade fare better?

the Navigator, the current Escalade is now in its model year. So it’s not But the Cadillac’s more chiseled have aged better and it by with a more restrained of chrome trim.

The grille is but artfully shaped. It is not out of proportion the size of the vehicle and faithfully the power lurking within. The (with center caps PDI) are out of proportion to the size of the at least the regular wheelbase I tested.

The double dubs better the extended wheelbase Escalade From the rear there’s to distinguish the Escalade from the related Chevrolet and GMC SUVs. It be worse: Cadillac’s designers have drawn inspiration the Family Truckster the way the designers of the Navigator did.

This of Escalade received a bespoke panel. The styling is sufficiently and the switchgear, if not quite up to the $75,000 comes closer than in the Navigator. The Cadillac isn’t pedestrian inside.

The front could be better. Though with power four-way adjustments, their convex provides no lateral support. also feel a little and unworthy of the vehicle they The Lincoln’s thrones are much and cushier. Visibility also quite as good in the Cadillac, as the of the windshield is higher.

But we are talking the difference between very and outstanding. As in the Lincoln there’s for the driver to properly rest a foot. The only solution: it flat on the floor. While might seem natural at the table, it takes some used when driving a

The shifter is on the column rather on the console, which makes the “tap up, tap down” rocker awkward. Since the rocker be of most use in mountain driving, and there only occasionally, isn’t a deal breaker.

The row is, like the first, undersized to that in the Lincoln. The third well, it’s simply The Escalade continues to employ a rear axle, and this a high rear floor. So the seat cushion is pretty right on the floor. Adults back might have headroom (if they’re under six but they’ll find their above their elbows.

The has a huge advantage here. up to the ESV only partially addresses the

Cargo room is similarly There’s little of it behind the seat. Adding injury to the third row doesn’t fold to a flat floor and must be to provide a competitive amount of room.

The Navigator is a much more vehicle. So are GM’s large crossovers, for that matter. has it that the next Escalade be Lambda-based.)

But, remember, class of vehicle isn’t functionality. Dip into the throttle, and the starts to make sense. The V8 kicks out 403 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 417 of torque at 4,300 rpm. And numbers aren’t the half of it. with so much power the isn’t a rocket ship—there’s too mass for that.

Where it redeems itself is in how it sounds and Even if acceleration isn’t quick, it is effortless. Unlike the V8 this one never seems its straining. It never had to jump two or three ratios and then forth an unseemly roar.

Not the Escalade’s V8 is quiet; far from it. The big block roars at full and audibly burbles much of the of the time. Some people find this noise but they won’t be interested in an anyway.

The V8’s burble recalls watercraft more than on wheels, and in the process makes the Escalade a distinctive, and distinctively experience. For something to be a guilty it must be pleasurable, and prodding powerplant is pleasurable.

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On center the steering feels far too light and a loose. But helm the ute into a and effort builds naturally. through the seat of the pants is the big SUV willingly goes where pointed. Though certainly not to hoonery, give the Escalade spurs and it responds “sure, why In this mode a more located transmission control be welcome.

Compared to the Lincoln, the flows with the road than fighting it. Even its lower profile 285/45R22 the Escalade rides much smoothly than its closest There’s no sense of the body atop its mounts.

The standard ride control” shocks alter their firmness up to times a second no doubt some of the credit. But trick can only do so much. GM seems to put far more effort than into suspension and body

Despite its live rear and overboosted steering, the Escalade rides and handles much than the Navigator.

Cadillac, aware of its vehicle’s more feel, charges heftily for it. the two vehicles I drove were equipped, with an MSRP of the Escalade listed for $12,000 than the Navigator. Add another for the extended wheelbase ESV (recommended). the pair through TrueDelta’s car comparison tool finds features account for only a few dollars of this price After this adjustment the price advantage remains $11,000.

Oddly enough, the Tahoe LTZ (with a 5.3-liter V8 and also checks in about below the Cadillac.

I’m not about to a rational defense of the Cadillac Cadillac has never marketed as a sensible purchase. Instead, it has been an aspirational purchase, and an With its size, its brash yet handsome styling, and its stonkin V8, the delivers what buyers in segment are looking for. it is a much different experience driving a sports car or a high-end but it’s a rewarding experience

Though not a place I’d care to I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

Breda at Cadillac of Novi the test vehicle. Eric can be at 248-476-4466.

Michael Karesh TrueDelta. an online source of car and reliability data.

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