Few vehicles can equal the imposing declaration of Brobdingnagian bling that marks the arrival of a Cadillac Escalade. From its jewel-like headlights to the giant chrome wheels and roof-to-bumper LED taillights, the Escalade is designed to tell hoi polloi that you've made it -- and they haven't.
But while it's easy to understand the Escalade's snob appeal elite, this SUV's luxury is disappointingly skin deep.
On the way to the red carpet, driving this showboat feels far from luxurious. The Escalade simply floundered in our driving tests. The Escalade's ride atop those shiny 22-inch rims is rather stiff. The driving position feels wedged between the overstuffed center console and the thickly padded door panel.