By KBB.com Editors
Cadillac's three-row Escalade ESV is the luxury king of SUVs. Lincoln's equally-new long-wheelbase Navigator L offers a few competitive advantages, including its fold-flat third seat, but has 103 less horsepower and nine less cubic feet of cargo space than Cadillac's biggest SUV. The Navigator L boasts more towing capacity and a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of nearly $9,000 less, but the Escalade dominates in image. The full-size Escalade ESV has become the status symbol choice for country clubbers and the urban cool affluent, and this 21-inch longer version offers even more than the previous generation.You'll Like This Car If...
If you want or need and can afford a truck this size with these levels of luxury and capability, along with the fast-rising Cadillac brand image, there is no better choice.You May Not Like This Car If...
If want or need Escalade ESV capabilities without the Cadillac price, GM's three-row Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon XL are available with nearly as much power for much less money. Lincoln's Navigator L is an excellent domestic alternative, while import-brand luxury SUV competitors are available from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus.What's New for 2007
The 2007 Escalade ESV raises the bar on luxury SUVs. It may be in a shrinking segment, due to high fuel prices, but for those who need full-size truck capabilities and want luxury-level appointments, features and image, the stretched ESV is the ultimate aspiration.Driving It Driving Impressions
This heavy full-frame truck-based SUV drives like a very large car. It's no sport sedan, but it is more agile, sure-footed and Cadillac-comfortable than most any other full-size truck you'll encounter. Rival Lincoln's new Navigator is very good as well, and has the advantage of independent rear suspension, but we judge the Escalade ESV as better overall in ride and handling. Most of this is due to its fully-boxed frame, redesigned suspension, wider tracks and new rack-and-pinion steering. The 6.2-liter V8 idles aggressively at rest and roars impressively at full throttle as it surges the big Caddy forward with eye-opening authority.Favorite Features
Remote Vehicle Start
This is one of those features that you may not want to live without once you've become used to it, especially in hot summer or cold winter weather. At the touch of a key-fob button from afar, it can start the engine and begin cooling or heating the cabin before you're even inside.
Heated Windshield Washer Fluid
Forget frozen washer fluid with this long-overdue feature. What could be better than warming it before you need it to melt annoying and dangerous windshield ice?