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STYLING | 9 out of 10
posh interior...extroverted exterior
Car and Driver
chrome applications emphasize vehicle's luxury status
not quite as glitzy
Kelley Blue Book
“fresh, yet it's still instantly recognizable”
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade’s bold, macho exterior and softly styled interior make for a good combination, according to reviewers from across the Web.
A luxurious body-on-frame SUV, the 2008 Escalade shares its platform and mechanicals with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon full-size SUVs. It comes either in standard-length form or the extended-length ESV, which is 21 inches longer overall and has seating capacity for up to eight adults.
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade is substantially different from those trucks, though, with a flashy style all its own. It’s toned down somewhat from the first-generation truck, but Kelley Blue Book assures you that even though this particular Cadillac 2008 is "not quite as glitzy in this iteration as the last, the audacious Escalade continues to get you noticed." Motor Trend elaborates that the new Escalade “indeed looks fresh, yet it's still instantly recognizable…the subtle alterations and finer detailing bring about a more handsome facade in addition to aerodynamic benefits.” FamilyCar.com pointed out the Escalade’s “bigger grille, seven layers of chrome accents and just-for-show ‘vent ports’ on the front fenders gave the vehicle an even bolder look than its predecessor."
According to Cars.com, these "chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle's luxury status." Car and Driver, however, preferred "its more refined competitors like the Mercedes GL450/550 or Audi Q7."
Inside the Escalade, Cadillac has applied "so much chrome that it was hard for me not to blush while I was driving it,” the Kansas City Star confesses. However, Automobile thought that the style, down to the “illegible analog clock,” fits with the new look. Motor Trend pegs the new cockpit as “downright opulent,” with “soft leather” and aluminum trim merging “beautifully.”
If bling is your thing, the 2008 Cadillac Escalade is your whip.