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.
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Cadillac Escalade Road Test

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.

Best Version to Get
Skip the base trim level and get a Luxury version for its vital active-safety features: Blind spot warning, cross traffic warning, and forward collision warning are not available on the base version. Unfortunately, going with the Luxury trim also includes 22-inch wheels, which deliver a harsher ri...
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