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Cadillac Escalade ESV Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 345 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • With its brash styling, class-leading V8 power, well-sorted vehicle dynamics and cavernous interior, the ESV is the Escalade of choice for those who want maximum utility and luxury.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Endless V8 power, plush ride quality, feels relatively nimble around turns, comfortable seats, plenty of cargo capacity, all the latest technological gadgets, best-in-class towing capacity.

  • Cons

    Poor mileage, huge size makes it cumbersome in tight spots, a few noticeable instances of cost cutting.

  • What's New for 2005

    Changes this year include a redesigned gauge cluster, touchscreen capability with the optional navigation system, a more user-friendly driver information system and a refreshed door panel appearance. Additionally, walnut burled wood trim replaces last year's Zebrano wood.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
/
  • 16
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Comfort and now affordable

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

We have 4 kids and wanted a comfortable vechicle that allows you some space in the trunk. Wow did we find the right vechicle. The kids love the extra room and the captains seats and my wife loves to drive it. It has so many options that we are still finding new options that we did not even know we had. It is worth the extra money to spend over the Chevy and the 6.0 liter engine runs great. This is by far the best SUV we have owned.




Awesome

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Just traded in my Silverado SS for the Escalade. Best thing i did. This is luxury at its finest. The ride is awesome.



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Well worth the money

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I have had a Chevrolet Suburban and a GMC Yukon XL and neither compare to the Cadillac Escalade ESV. It is a very expensive SUV but it is well worth the extra money. The only negative is the gas mileage but I knew that before buying. I strongly recommend buying to anyone considering the Escalade ESV.




Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Outstanding ride and performance, wind noise sometimes.




Reliable & classy

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I love the Cadillac Escalade ESV. It has a beautiful exterior, luxurious interior and great hi tech gadgets. It is definitely great for family trips, its extremely comfortable. It makes me feel safe when I drive on the freeway. My husband definitely makes good use of it with his customers. I don't worry about mileage because a truck like this is definitely worth spending extra on gas. This is a vehicle worth driving!




Excalade esv

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Vehicle: 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

If there was anything I felt was better than my Cadillac Escalade ESV I'd have bought it. The only real problem I have with this truck is that, for the cost of this vehicle, I think its pretty cheap to not have a light in the ash tray and that your passanger has to use a flashlight to see into the glove box at night (there is no light there either). I buy a $70,000 truck and GM wants to save $35 on parts and labor!



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Full 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

What's New for 2005

Changes this year include a redesigned gauge cluster, touchscreen capability with the optional navigation system, a more user-friendly driver information system and a refreshed door panel appearance. Additionally, walnut burled wood trim replaces last year's Zebrano wood.

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Talk About The 2005 Escalade ESV

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cmonear
cmonear
03-23-2012
I purchased "gently used" ( I was told) a 2005 Escalade ESV less than a year ago from Lithia Chevrolet. About 90 days after the purchase the Oil pressure low indicator and alarm started goi...


mark156
mark156
12-24-2004
Steve, I sure had interest in the 2003 Escalade ESV last year but I decided to keep my Mercedes ML500 another year. I even thought about the 2004, but now, the 2005's are here and the body style will...


dyates773
dyates773
10-01-2007
My wife drives a 2002 5.3L 2WD Escalade and mine is a 2005 6.0L AWD Escalade ESV Platinum. Both vehicles have been great but they have a common cosmetic problem. All four headlight assemblies have a h...



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