— Monday April 27th, 2015
Where do I start with the Cadillac Escalade? It was designed originally to compete with the successful but short lived Lincoln Navigator. As successful as the Lincoln was, the Escalade took off as a Pop Culture icon, favored by celebrities and high profile consumers alike. Joining the ranks of Range Rover and and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury SUV category must have been a flattering and humbling moment for Cadillac’s designers and engineers.
Since its heyday as a staple in early 2000’s Hip-hop music videos, the Escalade has gone from a rebadged GMC Denali, to a world class luxury SUV. This is not a simple task to achieve, unless you plan on approaching it with a certain degree of “oneupsmanship”. Cadillac hasn’t done this. They’ve managed to step on the feet of the established luxury 4×4 segment with a vehicle that is actually less capable off-road. While being and incredibly spacious and practical, the Escalade does not have locking differential or transfer case.
What the Escalade does have is seating for 7 with power folding seats, 3-zone climate control, fold down dvd players for rear passengers and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. The whole interior is wrapped in hand stitched leather has enough space to re-assemble a crashed aircraft. These are all drastic improvements over the original Escalade whose interior was its most criticized area. Wether you’re impressed with its improvements over the years or impressed at its value compared to its competitors, you almost have to be impressed.
This puts us in a difficult spot. Where do we go from here? The way I see it, you have but a few options. You could go to a Cadillac dealership and test drive one for maybe 20 minutes. You could hope someone you know buys one and is willing to let you borrow it. Or, you could click on the picture of the Escalade on the “Exotic Cars” page on this site, and schedule a rental and really drive it, feel the interior, how much luggage fits in it, if your kids like it. Then, if you love it but still don’t want to buy it, we have membership options you can consider. If you want to rent a Cadillac Escalade ESV or any other high end car in Miami, there really isn’t a better option than through mph club.