2007 Cadillac Escaladeby Pagemaster
Cadillac's flagship SUV just got a whole lot better for 2007.
If you a rich guy, this truck is for you. Morgages, bank loans and finance don't to a rich guy like you. Why? Because if you can afford $89,030 (as test Canadian) price then the above mentioned budgets really don't matter and neither will the gas bill.
For 2007, Cadillac has hit the ball out of the ballpark to place where not to many manufacturers will be able to reach. Climb aboard the special painted white diamond with cocoa very light cashmere interior, (that's right rich guys buy things that are called very light cashmere) and off we go. Powered by a 6.2 litre Vortrec v8 which produces 403hp, the Escalade has no trouble reaching triple digit speeds in a about 6.5 seconds. The 403hp engine is mated to a very smooth 6 speed transmission that that makes neighborhood and city driving a breeze. The engine has power readily available at almost any RPM.
The 2007 Escalade also has very grippy brakes and stops feel well controlled. The suspension soaks up every road irregularity and nothing really seems to upset the well tuned chassis. Stabilitrak is standard as well as standard AWD.
If the exterior and drivetrain aren't enough to impress you well the interior certainly will. Once inside the very well appointed interior, one immedietly notices how far GM has come on their interiors. Start the ignition and the gauge clusted highlighted with blue needles immedietly impress. The smooth flowing centre console contains all the important information such as head seats switch (which are located on the door panels in the standard Yukon and Tahoe), dual climate control system which is a simple to use and higher up is the Escalades easy to use radio (standard radio is still corporate GM) but kudos to GM for having the AM and FM stations on one screen.
Second row passengers are treated to heated reclining captains chairs, rear climate control and a roof mounted DVD screen. The second row also features a power folding second row seat (more on this later) which aids access to the small rear seat seating section.
All the standard safety features are present including side curtain airbags that reach the back row and a rear obstable sensing system which is worth every penny.
Now for the three things that I didn't like which are somewhat minor as they may not bother others. First, I liked the idea of having a heated steering wheel but the wood cover makes it the most uncomfortable steering wheel I have ever used. Why not just have the wood on the top and botton of the wheel. It is really uncomfortable. Second, why have a power second folding seat when doing it manually is easy enough. Instead the third row seat should be power folding like the Expedition. Finally, one minor thing that needs to be changed is that the steering mounted column shifter needs to be located to the centre console which doesn't block the information centre switches.
Overall the new Cadillac Escalde is a home run. The 2007 Escalade represents what General Motors can do if they really try.
Pros: 403hp, incredible interior, every luxury item ever invented
Cons: Steering wheel can get uncomfortable, no power folding third row seats, steering wheel column shifter.