Exterior & Styling

When I saw the first press images of the all-new Escalade, I was aghast. The new front grille seemed way too extravagant for what is essentially an all-American SUV. Then I saw it in black-metallic painted flesh at the Detroit auto show and realized that this would be a big seller. I've only seen black Escalades on the streets, and I was delighted to receive the dark blue test vehicle. How do you tone down all the chrome? Get a subtle color like this blue. Overall I'm a bigger fan of the traditional look of the Range Rover, but it's easy to see why people are attracted to this Escalade.

The front is overwhelmed by the multi-faceted chrome grille, so much so that you barely notice the huge headlights. In back, vertical LED taillights add a high-end touch and Ч if you think about it Ч tie this un-car-like SUV right into the rest of Cadillac's lineup. Large chrome wheels finish off the package, and while I would opt for something more practical, they weren't at all gaudy. Even as someone well outside any of the target markets for the Escalade Ч I'm neither hip nor old enough to be a former Cadillac owner Ч I felt comfortable being seen behind the wheel.

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    Rear Seats
    The vehicle's second-row seats have head restraints in the outboard seating positions that cannot be adjusted. The vehicle's third-row seats, if equipped, have adjustable headrests in the ...

    Horn
    Pressaon the steering wheel pad to sound the horn. ...

    Radio(s)
    VOL/ : Press to turn the system on and off. Turn to increase or decrease the volume. FM/AM: Press to select between FM or AM. : Press to select XMЩ, if equipped. TUNE/TONE: Turn to select ...