2008 Cadillac Escalade

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2008 Cadillac Escalade Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Cadillac Escalade was new.

The Escalade earns its premium, flashy reputation with unrivaled style and strong V8 power, along with a comfortable and luxurious interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Distinctive styling
  • Powerful acceleration and good handling for its size
  • Luxurious, richly finished interior
  • Low third-row seat is uncomfortable for long trips

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Cadillac Escalade has a score of 9.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 78 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2008 Cadillac Escalade Overview

The 2007 Escalade was named Best New American Car by Forbes, and BusinessWeek ranks Cadillac as the best automotive company in customer service, awarding the company Customer Service Champion status.After its redesign last year, the Escalade remains virtually unchanged for 2008; this review uses data that cover the 2007 and 2008 model years. The Escalade can seat up to eight people and comes in three models: the Escalade, Escalade ESV (an extended version) and the Escalade EXT (which trades the third row seat and enclosed cargo area for a short truck bed). "If you like your bling on a grand scale, it doesn't get much grander than this, says Car and Driver.  Buyers can expect their gas bills to be as grand as the bling on the Escalade.  While the SUV is reasonably fuel efficient for its size, its 12 city/19 highway estimated fuel economy may be enough to give some buyers pause. However, if you need the Escalade's size and want its luxury, you can take heart in the fact that its fuel economy, though not great, is among the best in a very thirsty class.

  • "The sexiest full-size SUV on the market," -- the Detroit Free Press
  • "There is very much to admire here" -- The Los Angeles Times
  • "Boy, was this vehicle a welcome addition to the weekend" -- U.S. News' Rick Newman
  • Compared to the Land Rover Rnage Rover, "the reborn Escalade also is quicker, roomier, better equipped, and cheaper" -- Motor Trend

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