2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV: American SUV
Cadillac is a luxury marque of General Motors and is a brand that has more demand in domestic market than international markets. This American is brand very well understands the domestic need well and the best example of it is the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV. This vehicle is an SUV with the muscular engine, bold looks, excellent ride quality and best cargo space in the segment. This is truly an American SUV, when looked at.
The all new 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV has all the necessary features that epitomize luxury like stereo system with navigation refinements, laminated glass for sound reduction, rear seats with leather seating surfaces as well as heated cushions along with adjustable head restraints and plenty of space for the cargo and the passengers. The front seats are power adjustable 14-way seat with leather seating surfaces and 4-way power lumbar support. The SUV can accommodate 8 passengers comfortably and also offers 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in the following trims: Platinum Edition, Luxury and the Premium trim. The Platinum trim comes equipped with the all the standard features that include 18 inch wheels, adaptive suspension, automatic xenon headlamps, foglamps, power tailgate, rear parking sensors and driver auto dimming and power-folding mirrors. The interior again offers upmarket feel with leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bose 10-speaker surround sound stereo system with CD/DVD changer, iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio, Bluetooth, driver memory settings and heating, power tilt-only steering wheel, OnStar, power-adjustable pedals, power front 10-way seats with ventilation, real-time traffic, navigation system, heated second-row seats, rearview camera and remote ignition. The Luxury trim adds some of the key features like 22-inch wheels, advanced Magnetic Ride Control suspension, sunroof, automatic high beams and blind spot warning system. The premium trim further adds few of the key features that are required for more luxurious tour and these include DVD screens for second-row passengers, LED headlamps, heated and cooled cupholders, unique aluminium and wood accents.
With 6.2-litre V8 engine mated with 6-speed auto transmission, the Escalade ESV produces maximum 403 horsepower and decent torque of 417 pound feet. The SUV accelerates 0-60kmph in just seven seconds. The estimated fuel economy one can register is 18mpg on highways, 14mpg in city. The ESV has received 5 stars rating in government testing for frontal impact protection and side impact protection. The safety features of the ESV include ADB, side impact full length head curtain airbags with rollover sensor, side impact front airbags, stability control and traction control, rear parking sensor, rearview mirror and OnStar communication.
The ride quality of this extra large SUV is excellent with quick acceleration, auto transmission that offers manual shift capability and tow/haul mode and Road Sensing Computer Controlled Suspension. The SUV has 4-wheel drive system and the rear wheel drive system. The 4-wheel drive system enhances the stability of the vehicle. The SUV also helps the drivers in guiding on how to reach the destiny with the new stereo system, which has sophisticated navigation system that provides 3D imaging of major landmarks, real time traffic and expanded voice prompting. The ESV seems to devour the other vehicles of the same segment on roads with their 22-inch wheels and muscular appeal, albeit the SUV has few negatives that include difficulty in maneuver in tight areas, lackluster braking and delivers power fuel economy.