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Escalade Review by JS on 01/03/2012. Trim: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Excellent handling and performace for a body on frame SUV, smooth ride, responsive ABS. Genuine wood and leather on the steering wheel are a very nice touch, and the heating element on the said wheel keeps the cold wood and leather from biting your palms in the winter. Plenty of nifty and usefuel features such as the autodimming mirrors, heated washer fluid, among quite a few others that make it especially comfortable on long trips. Carries lots of weight without even a grunt. Very nice styling as well.
Cons: Very cheap materials on the lower dash and door panels, and the all the wood is fake aside from the trim on the steering wheel. The said fake wood doesn't age very well either. The chrome plating on the plastic door handles is peeling off. For this price, the handles should be made of metal and be much more sturdy. Headliner doesn't feel premium at all. For this price, there shouldn't be so many carryovers in the interior from the Tahoe. Climate control buttons are very poorly placed and layed out, and are impossible to use without taking your eyes off the road. Wind noise is high at highway speeds, but I think that's due to its large profile. I find that replacement parts are overpriced.
Overall review: Very nice truck, but could use a little more refinement considering how much it costs new. I bought this truck when it was three years old for a very good price, but I could not imagine paying over 80k for it new. The things I mentioned in the cons section are a detriment to its luxury feel, and I really feel GM made a mistake overlooking these details. If you wouldn't be too bothered by these things, and have the means to fill its 120L tank frequently, then you should enjoy owning this truck.
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