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Autotrader Find: Probably the Nicest Original Cadillac Escalade Left

You’re looking at a piece of automotive history. Or, at least, I think so. This is a 2000 Cadillac Escalade, and it’s probably the nicest first-generation Escalade left: It’s traveled just 46,000 miles, and it’s offered by a private seller in Connecticut for $8,500.

Before I get to why I think this is a piece of automotive history, let’s focus on this particular Escalade. It’s a 2000 model, which means it hails from the Escalade’s second year of production. Finished in burgundy with a beige leather interior, the car looks relatively well-kept on the inside, and especially clean on the outside — though the seller notes it has a few scratches "that can easily be buffed out."

Perhaps more important than this car’s specific details, however, is this Escalade’s position in history. Although the luxury SUV — and especially the full-size luxury SUV — is a well-known phenomenon today, the original Escalade (and its chief rival, the Lincoln Navigator) was blazing a trail when it came out in the late 1990s. With the Escalade’s Chevy Tahoe roots showing quite clearly — an attempt to keep costs down, in case the Escalade ended up being a failure — General Motors wasn’t sure how the market would respond to an SUV from Cadillac, known for big coupes and even bigger sedans.

Of course, the market responded hungrily: Not only did people want the Escalade, they wanted MORE Escalades, MANY more Escalades; Escalades faster than General Motors could churn them out. The result was a full redesign for the 2002 model year (the Escalade skipped 2001) with more distinctive styling and more equipment — and the rest is history: Nearly 20 years later, the Escalade remains tremendously popular, and some high-end versions can fetch a $100,000-sticker price.

This particular one is special simply because it’s probably the nicest example left of the beginning of the breed: a time capsule look back at a vehicle that helped to start one of the most profitable (and popular) trends in the automotive industry. Find a 2000 Cadillac Escalade for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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  1. I didn’t like these things when gas was a buck a gallon. And I really don’t like them now. Replace that 8 with a 5 and maybe. 

  2. Assuming the under body isn’t rusted out, It looks like a good buy for a low mileage clean luxury SUV that can tow.  I love the barn doors!

  3. I own a 99 Denali (sister to the escalade) and I love the thing! Just dont expect the automatic headlights to work all the time. Lol.

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