I've never liked the Escalade, in fact I've really hated it up until now. But the new Escalade is probably the best Caddy ever, next to the STS-V. It has real presence in person. It's bold, brash, proud and stylish. And it looks killer with the factory 22s. It kind of begs to be stared at in the same way a black and chrome Harley Davidson V-Rod does. It also says "fuck you" the same way the Harley Davidson does (and it kind of sounds like one at idle). There's surprising attention to detail too. The sidemarkers front and rear are made up of LEDs, like the tails. All the seams inside and out are very tight and uniform all over the vehicle. It has a well-made, tidy look. Nearly ever knob, stalk and vent feels like a quality piece when used. They even bothered to hide all the screwheads, ducting and seat tracks. The rear liftgate is powered, but unlike say, a Lincoln Navigator the one on the Escalade is nearly silent. It drives extremely well too. For a behemoth it corners and moves with grace. And the 403hp V8 serves up muscle car power (and sound) at any speed. It's also whisper quiet inside when you're not punching it. Rides firm but not harsh with 22s too. The only thing I can really knock the new Escalade on is you still get some rear axle shudder and jiggle, but that's unavoidable when you use a solid rear axle. Hardly a deal breaker and most people won't notice it. If I was in the market for a SUV this would probably be my first choice, or close to it. Cliffs - GM can make knockout products when they want to, and stick a Ford in Lincoln's SUVs because they're done.