2007 Cadillac Escalade Review

The 2007 Cadillac Escalade is the first Escalade built on GM’s new full-size SUV platform. You can’t help but notice the massively upgraded engine – 403 HP speaks pretty loudly, in my book. Of course, the ‘bling’ factor has gone up overall – with available 22″ chrome rims, no less.

Design-wise, the 07 Escalade isn’t bad at all. The side vents are a very nice touch, though the front grille is a little hard to swallow. I don’t much care for 22″ rims myself, but many do.

My main gripe with this vehicle is the rear axle – a solid design, rather than IRS ( independent rear suspension ). IRS should be standard on a vehicle in this class – it gives a smoother ride, and allows the third row of seats to fold flat into the floor. Unfortunately, you have to completely remove the rear seats if you actually want to use the cargo area in your new Escalade – inexcusable for 2007. Does the rest of the Escalade make up for this glaring flaw? Read on to find out.

2007 Cadillac Escalade Specs

  • 403 Horsepower 6.2 Liter V8
  • 6 speed automatic
  • RWD or available AWD
  • Up to 8,000 lbs towing capacity
  • Seats up to 8
  • EPA – 13 MPG city / 20 MPG highway

2007 Cadillac Escalade Reviews

Forbes Auto reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘Seven riders will find plenty of room in the Escalade, though it’s less hospitable to shorter motorists than some smaller SUVs. While the third row is still best-suited for kids, power-folding second-row seats make getting into and out of the back aisle easier.’

Cnet reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and is disturbed by the fuel economy- ‘Compared to some sleeker-looking SUVs, the Escalade has a surprisingly low coefficient of drag (0.36). Still, only on the freeway does fuel “economy” break into double-digit miles per gallon. Our car’s trip computer, which thankfully included an estimated range calculation, reported between 9mpg and 10mpg in mixed city and urban-highway driving. These figures would quickly become expensive and don’t match the EPA estimates of 13mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway.

The Car Connection reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and wonders where the Bluetooth is- ‘What’s missing is a Bluetooth hands-free phone link. With a growing number of states banning the use of handheld cellphones, this technology is not only convenient, but essential. Yes, you can opt for the OnStar system instead, but we’re not fond of that feature, at least not for making cellphone calls. We’ll stick with our little Palm Treo – at least once Caddy finally adds Bluetooth, most likely next year.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘The all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade is an impressive vehicle in more ways than looks. It drives like a much smaller vehicle while accommodating corn-fed adults in unbridled luxury. It offers the segment’s most powerful V8, which will make it a great vehicle for drivers who tow or simply like the feeling of strong acceleration. As long as one has enough space in their driveway or garage for this big truck, and can afford its thirst for gasoline, we expect the new Escalade will make many drivers very comfortable and happy for the long haul.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and smiles at it’s driving dynamics – ‘That engine motivates the 5717-pound Escalade fairly well. The Cadillac’s 0-to-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds isn’t anything to sneeze at, and the surprising top-end shove-the engine’s still pulling at 5900 rpm when the rev-limiter cuts in-is almost giggle-inducing for a beast this size. To boot, the Escalade handles surprisingly well for a 5700-pound, live-axle SUV. It’s surreal, a little absurd, and strangely fun.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘Still, there’s no question that this is a better Escalade. And pending a head-to-head confrontation, there’s no question — in our minds, at least — that the new Escalade visually upstages the Lincoln Navigator due in showrooms this fall. In fact, the folks at Cadillac see the Lexus LX470, Mercedes GL-class, and Infiniti QX56 as stronger competition. Predictably, they omit the GMC Yukon Denali, which is essentially the same vehicle, minus the Escalade’s fancier interior and minus the bling.’

Automedia.com reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘Despite fossil fuel fluctuations, 50 percent of the luxury market remains SUVs. Now in its third generation, Escalade is still an enigmatic choice in that segment. While most large sport utes are growing smaller and more self conscious, Escalade remains itself: as confident and comfortable in its own sheetmetal as any vehicle on the road.’

The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘I thought some of the interior trim was a bit tawdry and the dash too busy. The cup-holder door and neighboring cubby door had a cheap metal feel, and I was not impressed with the faux wood trim. The center stack has no fewer than 40 individual buttons and dials to manipulate not counting all the options on the touch-control navigation and audio screen. The controls are well annotated though I’ll acknowledge. In this case elegance is not necessarily simplicity.’

Sport Truck reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘When it comes to the power department, however, the Caddy unequivocally puts the smackdown on the Lincoln and most of its other competitors. Short of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, or a GL 63 AMG, there aren’t many other fullsize luxo-utes that can run with this big dog. The 403-horse 6.2L aluminum-block Vortec pulls strongly at higher revs, making for effortless highway passing. But, for whatever reason, the seat-of-the-pants sensation doesn’t feel quite like the claimed 403 hp, unless you really stomp on it. Below 3,000 rpm, the engine feels a little lazy, ironic for a 376ci engine.’

Autoblog reviews the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and writes – ‘In summary, we have to say that we enjoyed our time with the Escalade. It’s powerful, exceedingly comfortable and great to look at. Yes, it consumes gasoline at a prodigious rate (premium recommended but not required), it’s no bargain at $65,685, and the third-row is less useful than you’d ever think, but it wins you over with its compelling and well-executed interpretation of what modern, opulent American motoring is. Make no mistake: this is very much a niche luxury vehicle, and in that role it succeeds resoundingly.’

Published on January 13, 2007 in Cadillac

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