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2003 Cadillac Escalade

2003 Cadillac Escalade
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The 2003 Cadillac Escalade is the founding member of the Escalade line that now includes the EXT crossover SUV/pick-up and the huge extended Cadillac Escalade ESV, a match for the Chevy Suburban. The 2003 Cadillac Escalade has a slightly less powerful engine and serves a different purpose than the other two but it can still tow with the best and naturally, has the high degree of luxury we expect from Cadillac. Specifically, it was built to out-do the rest of the SUV market and, when it comes to a solid combination of luxury and performance, the 2003 Cadillac Escalade has achieved just that.

Available Models
The 2003 Cadillac Escalade is offered in two versions, 2WD or All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The interior features are the same for both models.

Interior Features
OnStar System with one-year service that includes navigation, roadside assistance and concierge services. Air conditioning with tri-zone automatic climate control (including rear controls), combine with cruise control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, memory system (driver seat, pedals, mirrors) and heated front and second row seats to provide the ultimate level of occupant comfort.

Styling and comfort are further enhanced by wood interior trim, tilt leather/wood-wrapped power steering wheel with stereo controls, an overhead console (universal garage-door opener, rear radio controls, rear headphone jacks) and a Bose AM/FM/cassette with in-dash 6-disc CD changer. Additional options such as DVD, XM satellite radio and a power sunroof are also available to the consumer who wants to have some extra as a cherry on top.

Exterior Features
The 2003 Cadillac Escalade models all share a distinctive front-end, distinguished by the large Cadillac wreath and crest and characteristic egg-crate grille. Tow hooks recessed into the front fascia and rectangular fog lamps add more function in a stylish detail. At the rear, the functional step bumper is accompanied by a standard Class VII trailer hitch.

The 2WD Escalade is equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine capable of 285 horsepower at 5200rpm and 325lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm. This provides 7700 lbs of towing power. The 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine in the AWD Escalade has a power output 345 horsepower at 6000rpm and 380lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm. The AWD can tow up to 8500 lbs and a 4-speed automatic transmission does the shifting and provides the following specs for fuel economy; 14/18 mpg (city/hwy) from the 2WD and 12/15 mpg for the AWD model. Load-leveling suspension, automatic shock-absorber control, traction control and many other high-quality mechanical features add to the handling and performance capability of the Escalade.

Safety and Security
The 2003 Escalade has a remarkable collection of standard safety equipment. 4-wheel antilock disc brakes combine with a front-seat dual-level air bag system for driver and passenger where the passenger side senses the passenger's presence. A rear-obstacle detection system is also standard, making parking a breeze.

New for the 2003 Escalade

Improved StabiliTrak, upgraded to a 4-channel system
StabiliTrak added to 2WD Escalade
Improved braking capability, better feel, quieter brake operation
Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with memory
New seat safety features, including early compliance to 2005 federal standards
Dual-level and passenger-sensing air bags
High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
XM Satellite Radio (optional)
Improved exterior mirrors, turn-signal indicator added
Chrome wheels (optional)
Optional second-row bucket seats
Redesigned instrument panel and cluster and center floor console
New driver information center
New steering wheel with eight-button controls
Advanced infotainment systems featuring a Panasonic DVD Entertainment System and improved rear-seat audio controls
Enhanced Bose audio system
Redesigned seats
High-airflow, multi-zone electronic climate-control system
Fully integrated, Class II multiplexed electrical architecture
More powerful 145-amp generator
Electronic Throttle Control with Vortec 5300 on 2WD Escalade
New OnStar/cellular/GPS antenna
OnStar Directions & Connections

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Fast Stats


MSRP from
5.3L OHV V8
6.0L V8
285 @ 4,600
345 @ 5,200
4-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
5.3L - 14 / 17
6.0L - 12 / 16

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