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2003 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2003 Cadillac Escalade Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      285/325
    • ENGINE
      5.3L V8
    • MSRP
      $51,055
  • 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV Sport Utility

    ESV Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      345/380
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $56,380
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2003 Cadillac Escalade Review

Quality, performance, style, and safety flow well together.

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Overview

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade has been tailing the competition in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment for some years. However, the 5.0-liter and 6.0-liter V-8 engines are likely to shift the numbers in its favor. It comes in two drive-train options, the two-wheel drive and the four-wheel drive. The body color exterior mirrors get a turn signal indicator, and it has one of the most sophisticated driver information panels.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade 2WD, Cadillac Escalade AWD, Cadillac Escalade ESV

What's New

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade comes with a number of new safety features, including three-point belts for all passengers in the front and second row seats. It adds dual-stage airbags for the front occupants and a power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals with memorized settings. It makes the second-row bucket seats optional on some trims and comes with StabiliTrak stability control system as a standard feature on all trims. The front headlamps are now High Intensity Discharge (HID), and the exterior mirrors get turn signals.

Exterior

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade has attractive seven-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with P265/70R S all-season tires. The sunroof and the roof rack are both available as options on some of the trims. It comes with variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear wiper, a rear defogger, a manual flip-up lift gate window, and a lift gate door.

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade offer reverse-tilt exterior mirrors that enable the driver to better view the curb when reversing or backing into parking spaces. The SUV measures 78.9 inches wide, 76.5 inches high, and 198.9 inches long. It rides on 116-inch wheelbase and stands tall on a 9.7-inch ground clearance.

Interior

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade features height-adjustable driver and passenger seats with power-adjustable lumbar support. The leather 10-way power driver and passenger seats have multi-level heating capabilities. The reclining rear seats come with a folding center armrest with storage. Power door locks and power windows are standard. It also comes with an adjustable accelerator and brake pedals. It has storage on the overhead console, door pockets, and front console. The speed-proportional power steering comes on a leather steering wheel that is tilt-adjustable.

The driver gets an electro-chromatic interior rearview mirror, while both the driver and the passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each. It comes with memorized settings for steering wheel and pedal positions for two drivers. The dashboard has a clock, a trip computer, and various safety indicators, such as low tire pressure. For entertainment, the Escalade comes with nine 250-watt stereo speakers and a subwoofer that emit sound from an AM/FM radio and a six CD-player.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade has a rear-drive, four-speed automatic transmission with a powerful, 5.3-liter, V-8 engine that generates 285-hp at 5200 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The suspension system comes with short and long arm front suspension, solid live axle rear suspension, and front independent suspension.

Safety

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade’s pre-impact safety systems include four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear, stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution systems. Post-impact safety systems include front head airbags and side-mounted airbags for the driver and front passenger. The airbags comes with an occupant sensing deactivation system that senses a small-bodied seat occupant and protects them from the impact from a launching airbag. The front seats come with multi-adjustable headrests, and the rear seats come with height-adjustable headrests. All the seats come with three-point belt seatbelts.

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade comes with an anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer, which are both theft deterrent systems. The rear seat has child seat anchors and the rear door comes with child safety door locks. It also comes with HID xenon headlamps, daytime running lights, and fog lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Escalade 2WD: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Cadillac Escalade AWD: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Cadillac Escalade ESV: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Towing capacity
  • Smooth drive
  • No blind spots
  • Ground clearance
  • Driver vision at high ground clearance

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Engine options not standard

Sum Up

Quality, performance, style, and safety flow well together.

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