The 2007 Cadillac Escalade luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a step up from previous iterations. Sporting a full design overhaul, the Escalade has a good build quality and most top-line materials; it also offers generous space, a comfortable ride, and one of the most powerful engines in this segment. The competition isn’t lacking, this is an important flagship-filled segment, yet the Escalade holds it own against many fine offerings by being what most buyers expect from a luxury SUV. Huge, comfortable, feature-filled, powerful, and easy-to-drive with pleasant road manners, the Escalade should not be overlooked by buyers wanting a luxury SUV that emphasizes luxury.
Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade
For 2007, The Cadillac Escalade is completely overhauled. The most notable alterations include a powerful 6.2-liter V-8, a more spacious cabin with upgraded materials, a six-speed automatic transmission, and available power-folding second-row seats and head curtain airbags. Like many GM vehicles this model year, the powertrain warranty is extended to 5 years or 100,000 miles.
The Cadillac Escalade full-size luxury SUV is available in only one trim level that is packed with standard features. Most equipment that is typical for this type of luxury vehicle is present along with a power liftgate, an automatic road-sensing suspension, park assist, and even a heated windshield washer fluid feature. Suffice it to say that the Escalade is not short on gear and even includes some clever items. A moonroof is the rare stand-alone optional exterior feature.
In the cabin, there is the standard fare, along with such features as triple-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated first- and second-row seats, remote starting, and OnStar. The standard audio gear includes a Bose 5.1 Surround Sound audio system with 10 speakers, XM Satellite Radio, and an in-dash six-CD changer. Stand-alone options include a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, power-folding second-row seats, a navigation system, rearview camera, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Along with being packed with features, the Escalade’s interior is roomy. Cargo space is respectable, but outdone by in-class rivals because of the suspension. The Escalade has a solid rear axle, but rivals have an independent suspension that makes the space for the third-row seat to fold into the floor, something the Escalade can’t do. Aside from some materials of lower quality not befitting a vehicle of this segment, the Escalade has the quiet and sumptuous interior expected of a luxury SUV.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade comes standard with a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces an impressive 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful engines available in a luxury SUV. The only available gearbox is a new six-speed automatic transmission that features a manual-shift mode. The Escalade is available with rear drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system uses a default 40/60 front/rear power split. Escalades are mostly used as pavement cruising luxury machines so Cadillac doesn’t employ a dual-range transfer case for this vehicle. Towing capacity for the all-wheel-drive model is rated at a healthy 7400 pounds.
The Escalade handles itself well enough for a large vehicle, but there is no pretense of sportiness whatsoever. This big Caddy has a reasonable turn radius that helps out with parking, and the ride is smooth, quiet, and comfortable. When it comes to having a lot of space in a vehicle to sprawl out in while traveling on a long comfortable ride, it’s hard to beat the Escalade. The handling is muted and easy enough to accomplish, but buyers need to note that this is a long-haul pleasure cruiser that makes driving easy, not thrilling.
Standard safety gear includes a stability control system called ""StabiliTrak,"" a rollover sensor, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags for all outboard occupants, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and the OnStar telematics system. The Escalade offers many safety features and is built like a tank. It offers the inherent SUV protection due to its large size. This will have to be enough to convince buyers since there is not a lot of crash safety test data available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Escalade: 12/10 mpg city/highway
- Interior design and ergonomics
- V-8 engine power
- Road manners
- Unusually tight turning radius
- Seat comfort
You Won't Like
- No fold-flat third-row seat
- Some subpar materials
A solid and improving option in the luxury SUV segment.
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