Quick Drive: 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD Platinum
By Tom Martin
March 24, 2011
In a way, there are only three things you need to know about the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition:
1. “That thing is totally pimp” was the reaction we got from some members of the consumer panel we assembled to evaluate this Escalade. If you like a moderate amount of bling mixed with a wide range of high quality leather, wood and metal, the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition exudes appeal. On the other hand, if your previous shopping has been done at the Audi or Volvo store, this Cadillac’s charms may elude your grasp.
2. The Escalade ESV has a sticker price of $87,345. At that price, you won’t see these babies coming and going. If your friends know what they are looking at, they’ll be suitably impressed. Of course, you could get similar functionality in a Suburban for around $25,000 less.
3. The Escalade is big. There is plenty of room in all three rows, and ample capacity for stuff even when all three rows are occupied. If you travel with a large and active group, this is one of the best cars around.
- Absolutely cavernous interior means plenty of room to stretch out
- Platinum trim level is utterly luxurious, with plenty of toys and fine materials
- Enough grunt thanks to the 6.2-liter V-8
- Immense size makes it immensely difficult to park
- Extremely pricey to buy and drive on a daily basis
- Handling isn't its strongest point, thanks in large part to it's truck DNA