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On Styling
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade is not a vehicle for the understated; but if your definition of flash is big and highly chromed, this is it.
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The [ESV's] extra length is attached entirely behind the C-pillar, which has an unfortunate Sir Mix-A-Lot-approved result on the SUV's proportions.
Motor Trend

the Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum is the biggest, glitziest, most conspicuously consumptive vehicle in General Motors’ lineup
Car and Driver

The only distinguishing feature of the hybrid is all the hybrid badging of which there is plenty.
Autoblog

The Escalade is by definition proudly decadent, unapologetic in its message of chromed, big-rimmed excess
New York Times

Overall, the interior looks dated.
Motor Trend

The Cadillac Escalade is a body-on-frame SUV, with roots that go directly to GM's full-size pickups. And if you squint a little bit, you can see the resemblance. That said, it doesn't matter. To many who live the luxury lifestyle—or aspire to it—the Escalade is iconic.

From the front, Cadillac has done a good job taking the Art & Science theme that's prevailed in Cadillac's cars over the past several years, and adapting it to a very luxurious truck design. The tall grille, flanked by large headlights wrapping upward, calls out Cadillac from blocks away, while up close the ports alongside the fenders are ornate and showy. While wheel wells aren't flared as much as in some other luxury-vehicle designs, the wheels themselves are like glitzy rolling jewels—huge 22-inchers on much of the model line.

The two primary versions of the 2011 Cadillac Escalade share the same basic look, but the Escalade ESV is about 20 inches long, giving it a slightly different sense of proportion.

Inside, the Escalade has a very conventional design, with a low-set instrument panel and plenty of soft leather, metallic highlights, and wood trim no matter which model. The opulence is more in the materials and trims than in the look.

Conclusion

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade is not a vehicle for the understated; but if your definition of flash is big and highly chromed, this is it.

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