CON’s: Cramped drivers cabin, only partially adjusting steering wheel, high price.
FINAL THOUGHT: A full size American built luxury SUV, that can hang tough with the world’s best.
It’s over 18 feet long, has up to 137 cubic feet of cargo space and with an interior that rivals most high end luxury sedans, it’s one of the nicest SUV’s on the planet. Meet the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum, the Big Dog of American SUV luxury. When I first picked this baby up from GM’s Manhattan storage facility my first thought was – Dear God is this sucker big, but as you’ll see, its size can be very deceiving. The Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum makes no bones about its in-your-face styling and the fact that it dwarfs everything else in the SUV world. It’s a favorite amongst celebrities, athletes and or anyone who wants to make a statement. As for me, I was just amazed at how good it actually was for its size.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the supermarket or the opera, if you pull up in the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum you’re making a statement. With big 22-inch multi-spoke chromed aluminum wheels, a huge chrome grill and stacked LED headlamps there is simply no missing this behemoth of an SUV. Not only did the Escalade handle well, but it also delivered a wonderfully compliant ride that was free of bumps and shutters when the road got rough.