Drove the new 2007 Cadillac Escalade tonight.

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  1. TriShield

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    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.
     
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    i saw one a few days ago..... couldnt stop staring at it.
     
  3. krott5333

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    hey look, TriShield made another thread about a new car

    [move]:greddy:[/move]


    I agree though, the new yukon/tahoe/suburban/escalade has much better interior build and styling.
     
  4. Throwdest

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    can't lose wit 22"s
     
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    Also drove the DTS and STS tonight.

    Both are pretty boring compared to the Escalade, especially the DTS. I have to hand it to GM though, for an old car they sure did a good job making the DTS feel fairly new again. The interior is actually the nicest I've seen in a Cadillac next to the Escalade, XLR and STS-V. It's surprisingly good, and it looks nearly as edgy as the STS.

    The STS has all the right stuff, but needs more something. Perhaps it's too watered down overall. A sharper exterior, better interior (the V gets nice leather in place of all plastic) design and more power would help. It doesn't drive or pamper you any better than any of the Hemi Chryslers and doesn't sound as cool to boot. It will be a great used car value though.

    Dodge Charger Daytona. Big, yellow, badass, it makes awesome noises too. It had the best seats of any of the cars, outperformed them all, offered nearly all of the same options, and was just as pampering. It also cost the least and would probably turn the most heads. Can't argue with it.
     
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    Noah The things we know best are the things we haven't OT Supporter

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    Suburban - Fully loaded $55,000 (3/4 Ton with every opition)

    Caddy ESV - Fully Loaded $71,050


    The Suburban will tow more, offer the same ride quality, still give you DVD, Navi, SAT Radio. For a difference of $16,000 dollars...I'll go with the Suburban thank you.

    $16,000.00!?!??! For a few badges and slightly different look!??! Fuck!!! My wallet, and gas tank, would look much better with $16k in it!!
     
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    well this thread sucks without pics
     
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    The Chevrolets look too conservative, and the Escalade interior is much nicer. They're very well differentiated now, something that wasn't true before. If I could afford that much I'd pony up for the Cadillac.
     
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    Sorry, I don't like lugging my Powershot G2 around. :hs:
     
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    and a 400hp engine
     
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    Escalade EXT for super-pimpness.
     
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    No, just test drove them out of boredom tonight.
     
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    blang blang
     
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    But the question is... will gangster black people ruin it again?
     
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    Caddy - 6.0L H.O. Vortec 6000 V8 - 345 hp @ 5,200 rpm / 380 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

    Chevy - Vortec 8100 Big Block V8 - 325 hp @ 4200 rpm / 447 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

    404 - 400HP not found
     
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    Pics?
    Does it look any different then the old one? Cause the old one looks like shit.
     
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    If I marry your sister, you'll get a great deal no one. :o
     
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    Yeah, the new GMT-900s are hot overall, the Escalade especially. Apparently they are selling like crazy. I wonder if the Sequoia is gonna try and go in the behemoth direction they're taking the Tundra in, and just try and make a big badass truck. If so, they might be in for a sales letdown.
     
  21. Beason

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    A new 403 horsepower 6.2L all-aluminium small-block V8 with VVT providing improved fuel efficiency

    you lose
     
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    Original Sin I'm so hood.

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    cadillac.com is showing 403hp 417ft/lbs...it's not the 6.0 anymore, it's a 6.2
     
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    That's like WRX/STi owners worrying about lesbians and ricers driving the same cars. Are people that insecure with themselves? :hsugh:
     
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    That's the 2006 model. 2007 gets a 403 hp 6.2L v8 stock. Like 420 ft-lbs too. :bowdown:
     
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