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Cadillac Escalade

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  • looking at that photo comparison made me laugh. Why? Because it shows how cheesy Escalade's interiors are. Seriously, why pay 50K for a Tahoe/Suburban with wood trim and metallic clusters!?! Just buy the base LS Tahoe, and add aftermarket wood for about 500 bucks. DONE DEAL! Lincoln Navigator seems worth it though, especially for an interior that nice!!!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    which is why I have the Navigator. BUT, you don't just get plood on your wheel & dash, you also get a monster engine (6.0L, I think, I've had tee many martunies to be sure at this point) that you don't get in the Tahoe,Yukon,Suburban.

    Although I prefer the design and features of the Navigator, I'm thinking the Escalade may be made a little more solidly. The Navigator drives great, but seems to have a few more rattles & squeaks than I'm used to from a Lincoln.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Guys, the Cadillac/Chevy dashes look fine....It's a truck! The Caddy has a longer warranty, larger engine and different suspension than the Chevy. The Cadillac has full leather on all three rows and heated second row seats standard; the Chevy/GMC do not. It's not exactly comparing apples to apples when talking MSRP.

    Although I like the Lincoln Nav, that big plastic door that covers the center dash is not that "up scale" looking. And moving the window switches to the center console was a mistake in my opinion. I have them on both of my Mercedes and would rather have them on the driver's door. Some Mercedes models have changed the window swithces to the door.

    Just my .02. Mark
  • yea its a truck, but its a luxury SUV!!!! its not made for hauling plywood...its made for people wanting a nice, luxurious car but don't want the added security of being higher off the ground, V8 power, and AWD/4WD. Cadillac should've used their new design from the SRX and CTS.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    IMO, the SRX, CTS interiors are nothing to brag about.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Nvbanker, I agree totally. My neighbor bought a 2002 CTS after having trading a 1994 Seville. It's a nice car (had to program the dash computer for her) but the dash is average looking to me.

    The dash on the Escalade is nice and decent looking and I have two Mercedes to compare it to! For a large truck, everything is placed where it should be and is easy to get to. That's what I like about it. The adjustable pedals are nice too.

    For me, luxury or not, I'll carry whatever I want in the back whether it be plywood or a piece of furniture, bicycle or any other item. Yes, I like a nice SUV but I want it for it the utility too.

    My ML500 is a 2002 and I think I'll keep it another year then trade it. The Escalade is at the top of my list for a larger SUV because I like the rear bumper sensors that the GMC Yukon XL doesn't have. I know that the Navigator has them but I want the extended chassis on whatever I get. I think Lincoln will offer a longer vehicle and will consider it once it arrives.

    M.
  • I, too, agree that the SRX/CTS interior is underwhelming. Too much plastic on the dash!! The SRX should've copied the interior of maybe the Toureg, FX, XC90, or Aviator. All those seem much nicer. The CTS should've been more like the G35, which is the best sports sedan out there (unless you say the 3-series which is way too pricey and not worth it). All that real wood isn't enough to take my eyes away from the black dash. Even with the beige "neutral" interior, the dash is still black!! Talk about cost-cutting! The dash in the Escalade is even worse. LOL Maybe Cadillac is reading this right now and thinking "boy, he must be right..."
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Interior in my luxo cars. With silver brushed alumin. accents.

    -mike
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'm not monitoring this board to knock the Slade, but rather to watch what is being said about it, in the event I want to get one next time. I've not driven one, but I have driven the Yukon, and certainly, it's competent, comfy & well built. I'm hoping GM picks up some features that the Navigator has, or even some it doesn't have besides just the big engine to make the Slade competitive. First on the list, would be a WOW interior design. But frankly, I like the one it has better than what I see going into the SRX.
  • nferrnferr Posts: 32
    We drove a loaded up Tahoe and an Escalade back to back. Went straight from the Chevy dealer to the Caddy dealer. There's quite a bit of distance between the two. Yes you can tell they're obviously from the same basic design but the Caddy is smoother and faster. The steering is quite a bit lighter and the Escalade is quieter too. It just has a more luxury car feel to it.

    The interior, while similar in dash shape and the gauges, is also much more luxurious overall. The leather seats and door panels are nicer, there's zebrano wood trim and lots of little touches that really dress it up over the Tahoe. Almost everything is standard on the Escalade. You have to drive and see them back to back to really note how different they are.

    Of course exterior style is a matter of taste but the Escalade seems to be the popular hot looking SUV right now.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Denali/Excalade comparo?

    -mike
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I drove an 04 last week. It was the 2wd with the small motor, and it drove just like I thought it would, like the Tahoe. Not that it's bad, but the Navigator is a lot more refined, IMO. Depends on how you like them to drive I guess.

    The Escalade is a beauty on the outside to be sure, and is definitely preferred by the music video crowd, at least. As well as many others. But if everybody preferred it, we wouldn't have an Infiniti QX56, or a Lexus LX 470 would we?
  • nferrnferr Posts: 32
    Absolutely. Everyone has different tastes. I'm somewhat surprised you didn't feel any difference driving an Escalade and a Tahoe. The ride is smoother in the Caddy due to probably softer springs and the road sensing suspension which adjusts the shocks electronically. And the steering is much lighter. More noise isolation too. Since you drove the 2WD version there's no difference in the engine but the AWD model of course has more power than the Tahoe. And you get the stabilitrack in the Caddy. To be truthful I prefer certain things in the Tahoe, mainly the tighter steering and the low gear for the 4WD. But the Caddy is a lot more luxurious.

    Paisan, I didn't drive the Denali. We did drive an Envoy and didn't particularly like it, but I didn't even see any Denali's around. My wife pretty much had her heart set on the Escalade because of the looks and to be honest if you're spending this much money you do want the Caddy crest rather than the GMC one. Or at least we did.

    Same basic reason people pay a lot more for the Lexus over the Land Cruiser or the Infiniti over the Armada. None of these luxury SUV's are a necessary purchase when you look at it rationally.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    was just curious how close the denali was to escalade. I personally won't be getting a full-size SUV til the GMs come in Diesel since I use it for towing about 10k miles a year and milage towing 10K miles a year is an issue.

    -mike
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    NOW we're talking!! I think if ANYBODY put a diesel in their big SUV (Excursion and Suburban excluded, too big), they could sell a whole raft of 'em.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That's what I'd like to buy or a Yukon size but no Diesels :( I'm considering the Liberty since it will have a CRD next year.

    -mike
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    I'm still considering the Escalade on my next SUV purchase and no one has written in this section in a while.

    I would hope to think the Cadillac Escalade is completely trouble free since no one is complaining!

    I tried to look on the GM site to see when the next restyle was coming but haven't been able to find any good information. I think maybe the next change will come in 2007, am I right?

    Mark
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Probably more like nobody cares. Whenever it is, I hope they put a Cadillac interior in it finally, instead of a Silverado with more plood.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Jim (nvbanker), I actually like the interior of the Cadillac. I'm sure the next generation Escalade will make improvements like the Navigator did as it went from one model year to the next. Talk about plastic, that big door on the dash is waiting to be broken.

    What has attracted me to the Cadillac vs. the Navigator is the longer version ESV. I like the looks of the GMC YukonXL Denali better but I like the rear bumper sensors, the larger engine, full leather on all three rows that the Cadillac offers, and let's not forget, the Bvlgari clock! LOL.

    Mark
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I LOVE the outside of the Escalade, just not impressed with the Silverado interior.
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