When you add size on to the already large Escalade, you
teeter on the verge of creating an entirely new vehicle
segment. The 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV does just that,
tacking on an extra 22 inches of length. Perhaps it should
be redesignated as some sort of SUV/transport truck hybrid-it
has all the qualities of the former and the power and size
of the latter.
Of course, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is still a luxury
vehicle, so this proposed redesignation can never happen.
It will have to settle for being the biggest, most powerful
luxury SUV on the planet.
The 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV is offered in one base trim,
with a special Platinum Edition available. The Escalade
and Escalade EXT are each covered in separate reviews.
The result of Escalade ESV's added size is 20 more inches
of interior length to work with. This lets the Escalade
ESV provide up to eight passengers with even more comfort
and premium seating. All in all, it can offer a whopping
131.6 cubic feet of interior cargo volume.
The 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV is filled to the brim with
comfort features. The OnStar System, air conditioning with
tri-zone automatic climate control (including rear controls),
a memory system (driver seat, pedals, mirrors), heated front
and second-row seats, rear radio controls and a Bose AM/FM/cassette
player with in-dash 6-disc CD changer start things off,
and more follow from there.
The Platinum Edition features added standard items such
as special interior trim, a DVD navigation system and a
DVD entertainment system.
The ESV Platinum Edition also has a touched-up exterior
style. It features the luxury utility segment's first factory-installed
20-inch chrome wheels, a slightly lowered stance, a chrome
grille and Platinum lettering on the liftgate.
Having the distinction of being the strongest luxury SUV
pretty much sums up Cadillac's commitment to performance.
Even when filled, the Escalade ESV still has plenty of power.
It is fitted with a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine able to produce
345 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4000
rpm. 4-speed electronic automatic transmission is standard.
All-wheel drive is also standard, giving the big, bold
SUV plenty of confidence in bad weather. The Escalade ESV
also features GM's StabiliTrak system with road-sensing
suspension. In tandem, these two systems improve body stability,
ride comfort, trailering performance, wheel control and
Safety and Security
Safety is paramount with the 2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV.
Standard equipment includes antilock 4-wheel disc brakes,
dual front airbags, front side airbags, all-speed traction
control, a rear-obstacle detection system and a tire-pressure