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2002 Cadillac Escalade Sport Utility

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  • $48,735 original MSRP
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2002 Cadillac Escalade

Source: The Car Connection

Underscored and highlighted — and controversially boldfaced.

by Eric Peters

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade SUV is clearly distinctive, stylistically and functionally, from the Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon upon which it is based. This addresses the problem of the previous Escalade, which was almost indistinguishable from the GMC Yukon Denali, GM's other high-end, full-size SUV.

However, the problem with the '02 Escalade is that it may be, er, "distinctive" in the same way the Pontiac Aztek — one of GM's most colossal missteps of the past 25 years — turned out to be. Both vehicles are wild exercises in styling license, bold departures from anything humdrum or conventional. You either like the brooding, toothy look of the new Escalade, outsized grille, blocky styling and all, or you find it monstrous. There is no in-between.

I personally prefer the Yukon Denali; it has classy, clean lines, and a much less overwrought front-end theme. GM still has "issues" with cross-brand, in-house competition. It frankly seems silly to have a high-end SUV (the Denali) as well as a premium-luxury SUV fighting for sales internally before focusing on the real competition — models such as the $44,115-$47,865 Lincoln Navigator, $61,855 Lexus LX470, $68,000 Land Rover 4.6 HSE, $44,845 Mercedes ML 430, and so on.

Cadillac is counting on some Escalade-exclusive equipment to lure potential Denali buyers away from GMC. Among these are an Escalade-only version of GM's 6.0-liter "Vortec" V-8 that develops a class-leading 345 hp, which is 25 more advertised horsepower than the Denali's 6.0-liter, 320-hp V-8. However, you have to belly up to the bar and specify the more expensive all-wheel-drive version of the Escalade ($50,285) to get the 6.0-liter V-8. Two-wheel-drive Escalades ($47,290) come through with the smaller, less powerful 5.3-liter V-8 that's rated at 285 hp.

Rutting bulls

Regardless, either engine is strong as a rutting bull moose, massively overpowering the standard engines of the pricey LX470 (just 245 hp), Land Rover 4.6 HSE (a wheezy 222 hp), and the ML430 (270 hp). Even the Lincoln Navigator's 300-hp, 5.4-liter mill seems almost puny when compared to the fulsome Escalade.

Power is clearly the Escalade's strongest suit and GM touts this loudly in its advertising. However, advanced technology also abounds, from the latest generation OnStar concierge system (which allows hands-free, voice activated cell phone service as well as provides roadside assistance) to the StabiliTrak active handling/traction control system. All 2002 Escalades also come equipped with an automatic/self-adjusting suspension system (RSS) that cannot be ordered on the Denali, as well as a unique instrument/gauge cluster that's attractively done and includes a very useful transmission temperature gauge (hot-running transmissions will fail in short order, but most vehicles have neither a gauge nor an idiot light to warn you of high temperature conditions in time for you to do anything about it.)

There's no question that the Escalade is both well-equipped and well-engineered. It's a decent value in its segment, too — right there with the $44,115-$47,865 Navigator and a positive steal compared to the outrageous stickers plastered on the windows of the LX470 (a rebadged Toyota LandCruiser) and the oh-so-British Land Rover 4.6 HSE.

But there's that styling thing to deal with. Maybe it'll work. Perhaps the Cadillac guys know something about premium SUV buyers that isn't immediately apparent to ordinary folks, let alone dull-witted, paint-fume-addled automotive scribes such as yours truly. I nonetheless retain my doubts.

Had GM put the Escalade's "stuff" — the 345-hp V-8, StabiliTrak and RSS, etc. — in the shell of the Denali, and called that the new Escalade, it would be a no-brainer. The resultant SUV would be a home run, superior in every way to its major and minor competitors.

Meantime, if you are like me and like the basic truck but can't abide the jarring way it looks, give serious thought to the excellent GMC Yukon Denali as a backup. It's $46,150 with the 320-hp version of the 6.0-liter V-8 and all-wheel-drive. That's cheaper than all of the luxury SUVs mentioned above, excepting the Mercedes ML 430, which is a much smaller SUV anyhow. Buy the GMC and you also get leather trim, the same 250-watt, 11-speaker Bose premium CD player audio system as found in the Escalade, dual zone, heavy-duty air conditioner, Autoride suspension, and power everything — in a word, most of the luxury stuff that makes the Escalade "luxurious."

The Denali could be the best premium full-size SUV on the market — even if it doesn't say "Cadillac" on the fender.

2002 Cadillac Escalade

Base price range: $47,290-$50,285
Engine: 5.3-liter V-8, 285 hp (2WD), 6.0-liter V-8, 345 hp (AWD)
Transmission: Four speed automatic, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 116 in
Length: 198.9 in
Width: 78.9 in
Height: 76.5
Curb Weight: 5306 lb (2WD); 5554 lb (AWD)
EPA (city/hwy): 14/17 mpg (5.3 V-8, 2WD); 12/16 mpg (6.0 V-8, AWD)
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, side airbags, traction and stability control, ABS, child seat tethers, rear center lap belts
Major standard features: Stabilitrak stability/traction system, auto-leveling suspension, 10-way power/heated/leather driver/passenger seats, front and rear climate controls w/Micron air filtration system, leather and wood trim, 250-watt/11-speaker Bose audio with CD and tape player, power windows, door locks, outside mirrors, GM OnStar concierge system
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Driver Air Bag Std
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Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

1Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2012-2017 / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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