Cadillac EscaladeThe Cadillac Escalade was GM’s anwser to the Lincoln Navigator. After after years, the Escalade not only competed with the Navigator, it literally blew it away. After serveral years of continuously improving the drivetrain and exterior, GM finally released a completely redesigned 2007 Cadillac Escalade that spaced itself out from other luxury SUV’s with no chance of them catching up. Below we talk about several of the different models and the pro’s and con’s of them. 2011 Cadillac Escalade A couple of the upgrades for the 2011 model start by upgrading the standard navigation that was DVD-based to a SD card-based and the single disc CD/DVD was swapped for a six-disc model. The 2011 still comes standard with the 403hp V8 that still pushes it around very well even with a weight of almost 6,000 pounds. The adjustable suspension is still standard to ensure an optimized and ride and handling and the interior is still of the highest quality you would expect to find behind the Cadillac badge. 2012 Cadillac Escalade When discussing the 2012 Escalade, how could you not talk about the Platinum Edition? It’s amazing! You can get the Platinum version on the standard Escalade and the ESV. Included in this is the unique 22-inch wheels and Platinum badges. It still comes with the Magnetic Ride Control technology that is on all Escalade models that come with the 22-inch wheels but it also includes a full-functioning LED (light emitting diode) headlamp system. You just thought you got bright lighted with your old Escalade, wait until you drive this one. The new LED headlamps mimc natural daylight more closely then the normal lighting does and are also friendly to the envrionment lasting almost 10 times longer the halogen bulbs. The leather used in the 2012 model is called Tehama aniline and is used to trim the first and second row of seats. Other standard features for the interior include specific door sills and floor mats; heated steering wheel; heated and cooled (yes cooled) cupholders and the powered liftgate. Also included in the DVD system that is in each front headrest and a roof mounted screen.cadillac escalade ext Cadillac Escalade ESV The ESV is a massive SUV and is the upscale model to the Chevy Suburban. Offering three rows of seating that can fit up to eight people, the ESV also offers an optional power assisted fold and flip ability for the second row of seats. Since the ESV is such a large vehicle, it’s popular with the larger families. The main difference you would see with the ESV over the standard Escalade is that you have more storage room in the cargo area for luggage, etc.
[adsense_id="1"]Cadillac Escalade Hybrid It’s hard to think of a vehicle weighing in at almost three tons to be called a hybrid. But, when you need something that can tow 5,800 pounds, seat 7 people, and get almost 20 miles per gallon this might be your type of hybrid. The hybrid model is available as either a 4×2 or 4×4 and conserves it’s energy by using a electrically variable 2-mode hybrid system transmission, a 300 volt storage system and they Vortec 6.0 V8 with 332 horsepower using the Active Fuel Management. The nickel-metal hybrid (NiMH) battery includes an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty. Cadillac Escalade EXT Sometimes you just need a truck but most of the time you want to ride in style and luxury. Hence, this is where the EXT fits the ultimate niche. The EXT is basically the Escalade with the back chopped off and a pickup bed in it’s place. That’s a pretty crude way to put it, but it works. When you get past the rear doors, it’s all pickup. It does have a special Midgate system that gives you more cargo capacity by folding down the rear seats and window giving you the ability to store longer items. When buying a used Cadillac Escalade, be sure and check out every single detail and option to make sure they work. Escalades are usually easier to buy when used because they are normally better taken care of by their previous owners. If you find a Cadillac Escalade for sale and it fits in your price range that you’re looking for, jump on it and you’ll love every second of it! Free Price Quotes at Edmunds.com
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