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Old 12-02-2007, 05:10 AM   #1
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cadillac esclade test review

im subscribed to boating mag, they test certain tow vehicles and looking though an older issue, i found the esclade review. just for fun.

Because Bling is the Thing, 2007
Cadillac Escalade is Endowed With Chrome...


BECAUSE BLING IS THE THING, THE UPGRADED 2007 Cadillac Escalade is endowed with chrome, polished wood, and electronic toys. Underneath, it sports a stiffer frame, larger brakes, improved suspension, and a more potent engine. But can this gilded cruiser handle a typical boat-towing job? We couldnít wait to hitch up our 24' Galaxie to find out.

The Escaladeís new 6.2-liter V-8 has variable valve timing for more power and aluminum construction to save weight. It generates a meaty 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, topping BMW, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, and Mercedes models with ease. To top that muscle in the luxury SUV market, youíd need a supercharged Land Rover costing more than $90,000.

GMís six-speed automatic transmission helped hustle my 2.5-ton rig into traffic. With a hearty exhaust note, the Escalade hunkered down and hit 60 mph in 14.5 seconds, an impressive feat. This new automaticís manual mode lets you shift by touching a button, a feature especially useful when towing the full-rated 7,400 pounds in mountainous terrain. Premium fuel is recommended but not required, so you can save a few bucks when the engine is in leisure mode. In work mode, we measured only 8 mpg. Ah, the price of power.

Standard all-wheel drive working through a single-speed transfer case provides traction aplenty. The blingy 22" wheel and tire package ($2,995) demonstrated surprising grip on a slippery launch ramp. The Escalade is heavy, so itís no surprise that braking distances were long. The squishy brake pedal offered little help.

Without a load, the Escalade rode sweetly over southeast Michiganís pockmarked byways. Unfortunately, the soft suspension and low-effort steering donít work well for towing boats. Thereís noticeable wander at cruising speeds, and the Cadillacís road-sensing dampers donít react to tugging forces applied via the trailer hitch. Side winds had no difficulty swaying this rig. The experience reinforced my conviction that any soft-riding SUV lacks the stuff to make a good vehicle for towing boats. óDON SHERMAN




  • Engine 6.2-liter OHV V-8
  • Transmission 6-speed automatic
  • Front suspension control arms, coil springs
  • Rear suspension rigid axle, coil springs
  • Brakes (front/rear) disc/disc, ABS standard
  • Tires Bridgestone 285/145HR-22 M+S
  • Wheelbase (in.) 116.0 Length (in.) 202.5 Width (in.) 79.0 Height (in.) 74.3
  • Curb weight (lbs.) 5818
  • Towing capacity (lbs.) 7,400 Cargo volume (cu. ft. behind third/second/first row seats) 16.9/60.3/108.9
  • Fuel capacity (gal.) 26.0
  • 0-60mph acceleration (w/o, w/ 5,140-lb. towed load, sec.) 7.6/14.5 30-60mph passing (w/o, w/ 5,140-lb. towed load, sec.) 6.1/11.2
  • 60-0mph stopping distance (w/o, w/5,140-lb. towed load, ft.) 142/259
  • Observed towing fuel economy (mpg. avg.) 8
  • Price (as tested) $66,110
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Yeah I love the Esky, but just can't afford one.
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I don't know why GM is taking too long to add the Active Fuel Management!!!
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I don't know why GM is taking too long to add the Active Fuel Management!!!
Well the Hybrid will make up for that, but people that buy these, fuel mileage isn't an issue.
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