2002 Cadillac Escalade Preview

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MONTEREY, Calif. — I’m driving the future. As I navigate along a series of secondary roads with spectacular ocean views in the all-new Cadillac Escalade, I realize that I’m driving a truck — a truck —that lets me take in the views from the road while I clear my e-mail, check out the stock market, pull down sports scores and make phone calls, all with a voice-activated system so I can keep my hands safely on the steering wheel.

Never mind that, shouts the off-roader inside. Along with its hot-button electronic and telematic technologies, and luxury features, I’m also driving a wagon with expansive cargo capacity, room for eight people, with towing capacity plentiful enough for a boat or trailer, and all-wheel-drive traction. What more could a weekend warrior ask for?

As impressive as all this is, the most impressive feature of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade is the difference between the first-generation Escalade, which was basically a rebadged and gussied-up Yukon Denali, and the latest, newest version, set to go on sale January 2. Driving them back-to-back, anyone would be quick to gather that the ’02 Caddy has far superior handling characteristics than its forebear.

It turns out that the General had a lot of incentive to upgrade its Escalade. When Cadillac first announced it was entering the luxury SUV market in 1998, it triggered a wave of told-you-sos and raised eyebrows. This was the same company that, three years previous, swore it wouldn’t jump onto the SUV bandwagon, ever, ever, ever. (They’d have been wise to follow George H.W. Bush’s advice: never say never.)

And yet the first Escalade was a hit, as much a product of the SUV fervor of a couple of years back as a genuine desire for an off-roading Cadillac from American-minded luxo-ute buyers.

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Friday, November 25, 2016
2016 Cadillac Escalade 4WD 4-Door Platinum

Worst overpriced junker

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We own a 2016 Cadillac Escalade platinum edition and have had some many issues with it. CV boot replaced due to leakage, front roters wearing unevenly, replaced along with brakes at 15k miles. Left me stranded... + More »
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
2015 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4-Door Standard

The "new and improved" 8 speed transmission is awful!

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I am trying to figure out how to get Cadillac to take me Escalade ESV back. Transmission is undependable. The truck either surges when you want it to stop, or the transmission doesn't engage fast enough when... + More »
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD 4-Door Premium

this is my second Escalade and the quality and luxury of the vehicle is much improved. Last Escalade was very reliable and never required repairs, if this one is as good it will be a fantastic addition to my 4-car garage.

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Very classy exterior and interior. Family and friends are impressed with the style inside and out. The long list of standard features are impressive and the technology works very well, very intuitive when you... + More »
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