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BASE INVOICE
$59,330
BASE MSRP
$63,455
On Features
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade has a feature set that, in Platinum Edition guise, will leave even the most jaded luxury customers impressed.
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Opting for the Platinum package is akin to checking every box on the option list
Motor Trend

aniline and Nuance leather upholstery, olive ash and walnut burl wood trim, various aluminum accents
Car and Driver

comes so loaded with amenities — heated and cooled leather seats, magnetic ride control, a side-mirror blind-spot warning system — that the only option on my test vehicle was fanciful power-deployed running boards
New York Times

Center-point signal processing and eight-channel digital equalization allow extensive audio customization via the main screen, including simulated surround for stereo sources.
CNET


You won't find any Escalade that feels basic; the feature set of all Escalades—even the base model—cater to executives and VIPs who need a 'Slade in their stable, and the interior can reach a limo-like level of equipment that can focus toward either work or play.

The center console is wide enough to set a laptop on, and the Cadillac Escalade includes standard heated power seats, tri-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, and a magnificent-sounding Bose system with USB port.

Think of the base model as providing all the traditional luxury and convenience items—along with, of course, the top-notch trims and interior materials that are included in the Escalade. Luxury models add Magnetic Ride Control (a must-have in our opinion) plus 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and IntelliBeam headlamps. Premium models add DVD entertainment and a Side Blind Zone Alert system. But for those who must have tech, along with a unique, no-holds-barred look, the Platinum is the way to go; it adds unique chromed 22-inchers, special Tehama anilene leather, heated and cooled cupholders, LED headlamps, a leather-trimmed instrument panel, and many other appearance and trim upgrades.

Features worth note individually include an eight-inch touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic, a Bose 5.1 Digital Surround Sound system, cooled front seats, and power-actuated running boards. The maximum tow rating is 7,800 pounds when properly equipped.

Conclusion

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade has a feature set that, in Platinum Edition guise, will leave even the most jaded luxury customers impressed.

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