The 2000 Cadillac Escalade is a full-sized luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) sold by Cadillac, the luxury brand of General Motors. The car was only launched last year in response to the release of Ford’s Lincoln Navigator in 1998. The SUV entered the production phase within 10 months of its approval. The Escalade is the first major entry by Cadillac in the SUV market and is based on the GMC Yukon Denali. The ""Escalade"" name is in reference to a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive ramparts and walls with the help of siege towers and ladders.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade
The Escalade was launched a year earlier, so the changes for this year are minimal. The biggest modifications for the 2000 Cadillac Escalade are the addition of vertically split-rear cargo doors as an optional feature with a split-tailgate rear hatch design, which is standard for all 2000 models.
As mentioned above, the 2000 Cadillac Escalade is based on a GMC Yukon Denali. However, several distinct exterior changes have been introduced to make the Escalade a unique SUV and a part of the Cadillac family. Most of these changes can be seen in the front fascia. The grille is completely unique from that of the Denali, and the Cadillac crest lies square at the center of this impressive grille. The 2000 Cadillac Escalade comes with standard fog lights, running boards, and a trailer hitch that is rated to tow up to 6600 pounds. The 1999 model had a two-way tailgate with a drop-down tailgate and a flip-up window, but the 2000 model offers swing-out doors at no extra cost.
The Cadillac line has some of the best luxury features, and the same can be expected in the 2000 Cadillac Escalade. The leather upholstery that comes standard is similar to that in other Cadillac luxury cars. The wood trim adds a warm touch to the interior. The Escalade is believed to seat five with two bucket seats in front and a split-folding rear bench at the back. All the seats are heated, and the SUV has some amazing standard features, such as an OnStar satellite communication and navigation system, a cell phone for hands-free operation, and a Bose sound system with a CD player and six-CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Cadillac Escalade comes only with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine under the hood, and there are no other optional engines. The engine delivers 255 horsepower. The SUV has been claimed to go from standstill to 60 mph within 10.5 seconds, which means that the acceleration of the V-8 engine is approximately at the middle of the luxury SUV range. Acceleration from a standstill is decent, but acceleration on highways is below average. GM mates the V-8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission and the Autotrac four-wheel-drive system. This system uses a setting that automatically engages four-wheel drive, whenever required. The system can also be set so that the Escalade runs only with a two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The ride quality offered by the 2000 Cadillac Escalade is below par with the vehicle getting jittery over the smallest bumps due to a mediocre suspension. Steering is light and responsive, but the tall build and heavy weight makes the 2000 Cadillac Escalade difficult to turn.
The 2000 Cadillac Escalade received four out of a possible five stars for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. There were no side-impact collision tests conducted by the administration.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Escalade: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Lots of features
- Curb appeal
- Decent V-8 performance
You Won't Like
- High cost
- Underpinnings of truck are clearly visible
A model in its early stages.
If You Like This Vehicle
- BMW X5
- GMC Yukon Denali
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- Lincoln Navigator