Be it guilty pleasure or legitimate full-size SUV, yours truly cannot fathom a train of thought which could possibly justify the purchase of an Escalade of any year. Just saying.
That said, Hooniverse is right; it does have presence.
In this video review, Hooniverse Executive Editor Jeff Glucker takes the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade for a spin to discuss its merits as an honest option for buyers in the market for a full-size SUV.
For Glucker, the Escalade has always been a guilty pleasure. He describes the last generation as large and lumbering, with a shortage of luxury considering the price tag. Now, with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade marking the vehicle’s fourth generation, he wonders if the new car satisfies “the same ill-gotten urges as the old one.”
He first touches on a key point: the engine. The new Escalade is equipped with a 6.2 L V8 with cylinder-deactivation, which effectively turns the engine into a V4 at cruising speeds for the purpose of slowly sipping fuel, if only for a little while. The motor – which shares its block with the C7 Corvette’s LT1 – favors torque in this application, generating 460 lb-ft of it. Being as large as it is, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade will still launch the driver (and additional human cargo) to 60 mph from a dead stop in under 6 seconds. That alone is a vulgar indication of the sheer decadence that is this vehicle.
But then again, why would it be anything but decadent? The Escalade has never been a vehicle, so much as a statement that says, “I am here, and you’d better look out.” Or perhaps, “I have money, and this is what I do with it.”Or, could this new generation have evolved the vehicle into something more?
As a heads up, the first few minutes of the video are dedicated to a sponsor.