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    2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    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.

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    What about 0-60 and 1/4 mile times I know the Yukon got 6.5 and 15 flat.

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by J..D
    What about 0-60 and 1/4 mile times I know the Yukon got 6.5 and 15 flat.
    J.D was that 15 flat with the 5.3l? or the 6.0L?
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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    I checked the car and driver mag it was 6.2 0-60 and 15.0 in the 1/4 mile with the 6.2 380hp and 6 speed with a curb lbs of 5610. The Cadillac has 403hp and AWD so I would guess it a little faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J..D
    What about 0-60 and 1/4 mile times I know the Yukon got 6.5 and 15 flat.
    I am just guessing here when I say about 6.5 seconds. My parents have an older STS that does around 6.5-6.9 and it felt similar.

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Nice, pagemaster. Do you have any pics of the one you test drove? It will probably be a few more years before I get a chance to drive one of these.

    You thinking about buying one, or was the review just a contribution to GMI?
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    Nice review, pictures'd be great if you have any.
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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Great review.

    Did you have a chance to test out the stereo?

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by 69Firebird400
    Nice, pagemaster. Do you have any pics of the one you test drove? It will probably be a few more years before I get a chance to drive one of these.

    You thinking about buying one, or was the review just a contribution to GMI?

    No pictures. I don't have a digital camera, I am going to buy a camera one of these days.

    The truck was a white diamond with very light cocoa cashmere interior. It had the 18" rims.

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by giagastormer
    Great review.

    Did you have a chance to test out the stereo?
    I didn't really test it out. It was the truck without NAV and I really like how you can select AM or FM with out changing the screen.

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    Wow...what a cool dealer..they let you test drive the thing.
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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by asim
    Wow...what a cool dealer..they let you test drive the thing.
    I also test drove the Yukon before it.

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    Quote Originally Posted by asim
    Wow...what a cool dealer..they let you test drive the thing.
    That's usually what dealers do. Have you been to ANY dealership?

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    Re: 2007 Cadillac Escalade full test drive.

    How can any vehicle with a solid rear axle ride smoothly? They may have made the springs soft, but that hurts handling, and still does nothing for a bump on one side affecting the other. For the money, it should have an independent rear suspension, and there is no valid excuse, except poverty, for GM not to have included an independent rear suspension in the new design. I just saw two of them on the freeways in LA yesterday and they do look nice, except for that wide chrome band on the tailgate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griswold44
    That's usually what dealers do. Have you been to ANY dealership?
    Some of the dealers don't want people to test drive the new Escalades, not unless you seem really serious...especially because they don't have many of them on the lot.
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