We mean that in a good way.
Back in 1999 Cadillac launched the Escalade. It was nothing more than a cheaply rebadged GMC Yukon Denali that came as an emergency response to the very successful launch of the (then also new) Lincoln Navigator. But unlike the Navigator, the Escalade has evolved into a much more luxurious and refined SUV over the years, a fact made evidently clear in our latest review. Currently in its fourth generation, the Escalade continues to be a very successful model for Cadillac and, as the way things like this typically go, its price tag has increased as well.
Dramatically so, in fact. Try a base price of $73,965. Our tester, the 2017 Escalade AWD Platinum, requires you to deliver a check from your bank to your Caddie dealership for $95,405. Yeah. That’s quite a chunk of change.
But what we really love about this Escalade is its engine: a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Is this a bit of a gas guzzler? You bet. Remember, the Escalade still retains the traditional SUV body-on-frame chassis, meaning you can take this sucker off-road without breaking a sweat. Oh, and its exterior styling is as bling-tastic as ever. Special thanks to Woodland Motors for letting us film the car.