- suv 197,139
- Lexington, KY
- 1 month
2007 cadillac escalade review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. All-new models are smooth and powerful. introductionthe cadillac escalade is all-new for 2007. It boasts a smooth-riding new chassis, more power, more luxury features. The styling is bolder than any american sport-utility vehicle in history. In addition to providing five-star comfort, its goal is to be the ultimate symbol of power and achievement, a mansion on wheels. And in that respect, it succeeds. the 2007 cadillac escalade is offered in three distinct models; the standard escalade is a full-size sport utility sharing the same architecture (and roughly the same dimensions) as the chevy tahoe. The escalade esv is the suburban-sized model, sharing the latter's architecture. Finally, the escalade ext is a sport utility/pickup combination that quickly converts from a pickup with an enclosable eight-foot bed to a five-passenger luxury vehicle, basically, cadillac's interpretation of the chevy avalanche. All three feature a high-performance, 403-hp 6. 2-liter v8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that includes manual shift control (a rarity in this class). The standard escalade comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive while the esv and ext come only with all-wheel drive. built on gm's robust new full-size truck platform, the escalade, esv and ext make excellent tow vehicles. At the same time, they're roomy and luxuriously appointed, letting them haul family or friends or business associates in real comfort. The 6. 2-liter v8 supplies serious power for surprisingly quick acceleration, along with strong torque for towing. On the road, all three escalades are smooth and stable, nicer in ride than base tahoe or suburban models but taut and well-controlled (by full-size suv standards) for surprisingly good handling. lineupthe standard cadillac escalade is available with two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The high-output 6. 2-liter v8 engine comes standard on all models, including the rear-wheel drive escalade (53,850) and the all-wheel drive escalade 56,405). They come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, 18-inch alloy wheels, and the autoride suspension. standard features include leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with genuine wood trim, aluminum and faux wood interior trim, bose 5. 1 digital surround sound audio with am/fm/6cd/sat, power adjustable pedals, power windows, power locks, fog lamps, remote vehicle starting, rear climate control, six-passenger seating configuration, third-row bench seat, heated first and second row seats, xm satellite radio, ultrasonic rear park assist and heated windshield washer fluid. escalade esv 57,935) and escalade ext 52,815) feature all of the above and come standard with the all-wheel drive. Esv features an additional 14 inches of wheelbase and 19. 5 inches of additional length, greatly enhancing third-row seat legroom and rear cargo space. Passive safety features include front seat belts with pretensioners and load-limiters, dual front air bags and side curtain air bags that span all three rows of seats. Tire pressure monitors are also standard. all models also come with the generation 6 onstar system (with a one-year directions and connections service plan). The system includes the general motors advanced automatic crash notification system, making crash data available to emergency services to potentially dispatch the appropriate life-saving personnel and equipment to crash scenes faster. If the vehicle is in a crash that activates an air bag, the onstar system automatically notifies an onstar advisor, who will check on the occupants or summon emergency help if necessary. Onstar also can assist authorities in locating a vehicle if it is reported stolen (though its ability to locate stolen vehicles varies with conditions). walkaroundthe front end of every escalade is dominated by a bold, egg-crate grille that's dripping with chrome trim. The grille is flanked by three-element, vertical headlamps that tie the vehicle more closely than ever to the rest of cadillac's lineup. As with the front end, there is abundant chrome, including on the door handles, the huge exterior mirrors, the full-length metal roof rails (which provide anchor points for accessory crossbars for securing cargo on the roof) and 'ventiports' above the front wheels that seem to be a clear response to the trendy elements found on range rover models and some jaguars. another clear response to market trends are the optional 22-inch chrome wheels, which visually plant the vehicle, completely filling the escalade's huge wheelwells and making the standard 18-inch wheels look positively puny by comparison. particularly appreciable in colder climates are the pull-type door handles that are easy to grasp, even with gloves on. A high-mounted, horizontal brake light with led illumination crosses the top. But the dominant feature of the escalade's tail is the enormous badge set within a chunky block of chrome trim. a surprisingly low bumper height both reduces the trucky look while providing easier access to the cargo area; from the ground to the cargo floor is a respectable 32. 3 inches. The standard class iii tow hitch is covered by a trim panel that is removable when not need, and which easily can be refitted once a trailer is detached. interiorthe escalade's interior was designed to provide luxury both in terms of space as well as features. Escalade comes standard with seven-passenger seating, with second-row bucket seats separated by a center console, with a three-passenger, third-row bench behind it. A second-row bench seat is available as a no-cost option. The third-row bench on the standard escalade has marginal legroom, making it suitable for adults for short trips only; kids should be fine for longer trips. escalade esv adds nearly 10 inches of additional legroom for the third row, making it a pleasant place even for six-footers. Also, getting into the third row is easier with esv, its longer rear door providing a larger opening when the second-row seat is folded. The ext pickup is only available with a three-across bench seat in the second row. though step-in is somewhat high, which is to be expected for a full-size suv, the driving position is stellar. Escalade's streamlined, low dashboard is much more like a car-like than expected, providing easy access to controls without resorting to an imposing bank of buttons and switches. The result is a feeling of openness, with excellent outward vision to the front and side. interior trim is very high in quality. The mix of soft, padded materials, genuine aluminum trim, chrome details and relatively convincing faux wood trim combine with soft leather seats for an ambience on par with other luxury-brand suvs in this price range. Two color schemes are offered: all black or cocoa-over-cashmere. the escalade's white-on-black, backlit gauges are clear and bright, featuring an information display that cycles through several menus via buttons on the steering wheel. The stalk controls for the turn signals and wipers have the supple, expensive feel worthy of the cadillac name, as do the buttons and knobs on the radio and climate controls. escalade comes standard with a 10-speaker (eight-speaker on ext) stereo that features a six-disc changer that plays both cds and audio dvds. Bose designed the speaker system, outfitting the vehicle with 5. 1 surround sound, an eight-channel amplifier and a subwoofer. Xm radio comes standard. on vehicles without the navigation system, the head unit presents audio information clearly. On vehicles with the navigation system, which itself is about mid-pack in terms of clarity and simplicity within its competitive set, the radio features are incorporated into the touch screen-based interface. Onstar route guidance is also included, for those times when getting directions from a live person is preferred. a rear-seat entertainment system is available, utilizing a flip-down 8-inch screen that folds down from overhead. The dvd driver itself is mounted in front, but does not play the movie in the front seats. Rear seat passengers can listen to the audio portion of their dvds via all 10 speakers in the vehicle, only the rear speakers, or infrared wireless headsets. the front b.
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