$53,850 – $56,405 MSRP
$49,811 – $52,175 Invoice
13 / 17 MPG City/Hwy
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The vehicle that launched an entire model series, the Cadillac Escalade, enters the 2006 model year unchanged from the year prior, as does the larger, more amenity-laden Escalade ESV. The ESV is also available in a Platinum Edition for 2006, which offers even more special features and creature comforts, including upscale trim, upgraded seating features, in-vehicle entertainment, and 20-inch chrome wheels.
The Cadillac Escalade was created to attract a younger generation of buyers to the Cadillac brand. And, in this mission, it has succeeded. One of the attractions is pure power. The Escalade boasts 345 hp that is produced by its Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 engine. Torque is substantial at 380 lb.-ft. GM's Passenger Sensing System, which automatically activates or deactivates the front passenger air bag based on occupancy, is part of the package.
The larger Escalade ESV is 22 inches longer than the conventional Escalade, providing more luxurious seating accommodations and increased cargo-carrying capacity. While the traditional Escalade comes in either 2-wheel or all-wheel drive, the ESV offers all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Additional standard features include StabiliTrak with Road Sensing Suspension for optimal vehicle control, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist to detect items behind the vehicle, XM Satellite Radio, and a sophisticated Bose audio system.
The 2006 Platinum Edition of the Escalade ESV offers even more luxurious accoutrements. Both the leather seats and cup holders in the center console offer cooling and heating features. Burled walnut trim, pleated door panels, a DVD-based navigation system, an in-dash CD changer with nine speakers, and a rear entertainment system that boasts two viewing screens (one for the second row and one for the third) are standard fare.
Both the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV have a solid foothold in the Large Premium Utility segment. The 12 SUVs in this high-dollar group are noted for their luxury appointments, spacious interiors, and workhorse hauling and towing capabilities.
With combined sales of 131,612 units for calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM this elite segment accounts for less than 1 percent of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market. Cadillac sold 29,876 Escalades in calendar year 2005, while the larger, more expensive Escalade ESV had 13,502 sales. Sandwiched between the two Escalade models are the Lincoln Navigator (25,844 units in 2005) and HUMMER H2 (16,054). Rounding out the field are Land Rover's Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the Lexus LX Series, HUMMER's H2 SUT and H1 Alpha, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and Infiniti's QX56.