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Cadillac Escalade ESV Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 403 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • With its bold styling, 403-hp V8 and massive interior, the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV is sure to appeal to buyers who like their SUVs large, powerful and unapologetically American.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Torque-rich V8, relaxing highway ride, slim turning radius, sharp interior design with excellent ergonomics, comfortable seats, class-leading cargo capacity.

  • Cons

    Hefty size makes it unwieldy in tight spots, no fold-flat third-row seat, a few cheap plastics.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Cadillac Escalade ESV is completely redesigned for 2007. It's about the same size as last year's model but features an all-new fully boxed frame, a 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a significantly upgraded interior.

Full 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

What's New for 2007

The Cadillac Escalade ESV is completely redesigned for 2007. It's about the same size as last year's model but features an all-new fully boxed frame, a 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a significantly upgraded interior.


When the Cadillac Escalade was redesigned for 2002, it quickly became the best-selling full-size luxury SUV on the market. Its combination of bold styling and class-leading engine power drew high-profile athletes and power-hungry executives to Cadillac dealers -- a more youthful audience than Cadillac had seen in years. The introduction of the extended-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade ESV in 2003 only broadened the Escalade's appeal, as it offered buyers the most passenger and cargo capacity available in a full-size luxury SUV.

Although based on Chevrolet's lower-line Suburban, the chrome-encrusted Escalade ESV featured a powerful 6.0-liter V8, a leather- and wood-lined interior and a thundering Bose audio system to qualify it for premium status. The 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV is completely redesigned. An all-new, fully boxed frame provides more refined ride and handling dynamics than before, and a slick new interior design provides the kind of cabin ambience expected in a high-dollar SUV.

In addition to its stiff new frame, the '07 Escalade ESV has a more sophisticated front suspension design and rack and pinion steering (in place of the old recirculating-ball setup). The ESV's turning radius is also 4 feet slimmer this year. Curb weight is up about 100 pounds on the 2007 ESV, but a new 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 paired with a close-ratio six-speed automatic transmission more than offsets that difference. Fuel economy improves slightly, but bigger gains will come on the 2008 Escalade ESV, which will get GM's "Active Fuel Management" cylinder deactivation technology.

Inside, materials quality is far superior to last year's model, though there are still a few cheap plastics here and there. Ergonomics are top-notch, thanks in large part to the oversized touchscreen display in vehicles equipped with the navigation system. Seating is spacious and comfortable, and power-folding second-row seats ease access to the third row. Unfortunately, the third-row seats still don't fold into the floor and must be removed when more cargo space is needed.

Apart from this practical oversight, the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV offers a desirable package for shoppers who want a luxury SUV with maximum capacity and power. Competitors like the Lincoln Navigator L and Infiniti QX56 offer similar size, but neither can match the Caddy's bold style and 400-plus horsepower.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A full-size luxury SUV, the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with multilevel heating, memory settings for the driver, leather upholstery and faux wood trim. Tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker 5.1 surround-sound Bose audio system with an in-dash CD/DVD changer, a remote start feature, a power rear liftgate and power-folding exterior mirrors are also standard. The ESV has heated bucket seats in the second row, and a bench seat is also available. Options include 22-inch chrome wheels, multilevel cooling for the front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system with a rearview camera, a rear DVD entertainment system, power-folding second-row seats and a sunroof.

Powertrains and Performance

The Escalade ESV comes in all-wheel-drive configuration only. Its sole power plant is a torque-rich 6.2-liter V8 that develops 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and it includes both a tow/haul and a manual shift mode. Manual shifting is a tad awkward with the Escalade's old-fashioned column shifter. Trailering preparation is standard, and the ESV can tow a maximum of 7,800 pounds.


All Escalades come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, the StabiliTrak stability control system and full-length side curtain airbags. Not only will these airbags inflate in a side-impact collision or rollover, but also in serious frontal-impact collisions in which occupants need all the help they can get. In addition, there's another sensor that identifies rear impacts and activates the seatbelt pre-tensioners to help front-seat occupants avoid whiplash. Rear parking sensors are standard on every Escalade ESV, and vehicles equipped with the navigation system incorporate a rear camera system as well. The ESV also comes with a tire-pressure monitor and the OnStar communications system.

Interior Design and Special Features

The ESV's two-tone dash has graceful lines that easily accommodate a large, colorful navigation screen and faux walnut inlays (although at this price, they should be real wood). The nav screen has a user-friendly touchscreen interface, and all controls are easy to find and use. Soft-touch surfaces are everywhere, as they should be in this class, but there are still a few cheap plastics thrown into the mix. The Escalade can be equipped to accommodate six, seven or eight occupants. To improve third-row access, there is a power fold-and-flip option for the second-row seats. Unfortunately, the third-row seat still doesn't fold into the floor as in the ESV's competitors and the 50/50 sections are cumbersome to remove. Maximum cargo capacity is 137 cubic feet, with a generous 46 cubes available behind the third row. A roof rack is standard.

Driving Impressions

The 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV may weigh almost 3 tons, but with more than 400 pound-feet of torque on tap, acceleration comes easily in almost any situation. Shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission are crisp and well-timed, and the manual mode is helpful on slick and winding roads. The all-new frame and revised suspension provide a comfortable, controlled ride over all but the most severe bumps and ruts. Handling is predictable around corners, but as heavy as it is, the Escalade ESV never feels particularly nimble. The steering is light and precise, however, and the turning radius is a tidy 39 feet.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Should have read the reviews

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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

I wish I would have read the reviews. Just bought a 07 ESV and After reading some of the reviews. I totally agree with the post about the Wind noise...It is extremely too Noise...I hate it. I had to replaced the stereo and it makes this funny/weird noise when it is running. The dealership always says there's nothing wrong or they can't hear it. Believe me I look good in it, but the price and quality I wish I would have chose something else. I can't wait until another year or two to sale it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

Its been about 20 months since we purchased her used with 2800 miles. Bose stereo died this week and the dealer says that it isnt covered under warranty. The plastic trim around the windows has bubbled and the driver seat leather is wearing out. Bought new tires with only 30K on the original Bridgestones. Lousy mileage around town, but she is built for the freeway. Love her on the open road. Still not worth the price new they are asking. So look for low mile used with a warranty. And also an independent repair facility that can work with the warranty. The dealers just dont get it, the quality of American autos are crap. Wish that the paint was as high quality as we have on our Lexus

Good big highway cruiser

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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

We bought this car to travel back and forth between WV Mts. and FL and it is perfect for that. Lots of room as long as you remove the heavy 3rd row seats. We have had no mechanical issues with 45k miles on it now. I traded out for the 22 inch factory wheels and gave up some highway comfort for looks. The 18" factory tires soak up the road far better than the good looking 22" factory wheels/tires. Great in the Mountains powerwise and with the transmission grade brake. It is big and powerful enough to power through high snow drifts. Pretty quiet on Highway, and you can drive with little effort as the long wheel base makes it very stable. The computerized suspension works well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A great luxury suv

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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

I couldn't be more pleased with my 2007 Escalade ESV. I can't believe all the negative reviews. I have to think they're not all legit. It's very quiet, the ride is great, the interior and exterior are beautiful, it's solidly built, and it's very safe. We were just rear-ended by an F150 and all we had was a scratch on the rear bumper the size of my thumb. The F150 had $3,000+ damage. We took a 3,500 mile road trip this summer from TX to the Rockies, and I assure you there is no finer road-trip machine. 17 mpg hwy. We've had one minor problem, which was a seal on the transfer case (under $100), and it has been back to the dealer for repair ONCE since new. This is 100% fact.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Just towed to repair shop

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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

Latches on center counsel don't work, have to wrestle the cup holders open, told by dealership engine has major problems, heated seats went out, trailer hitch cover wont stay fastened, rubber on side of luggage rack is coming off, black insulation showing in between front bumper, passenger side door handle is half way detached! On star makes a weird noise in winter, drivers side seat motor is on its way out, oil level light won't go off even after resetting after oil change, engine is loud, battery tested bad, rust between front & rear door, factory remote start has like a 10 ft capability,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Forget the rest, this is

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Vehicle: 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

Guys and girls let me just say we have had them all. Mercedes, Lexus BMW, and several Suburbans. Don't get me wrong they are all fine cars in their own way but if you have 3 kids like we do and travel to the lake etc this is the best way to do it! After several Suburbans we tried a 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV and my wife loved it. So much so that we put 100,000 miles on it in 3 years and never had a problem. As a matter of fact she wanted to keep it she loved it so much. Now we have the new style and the Best just got Better! Make you wife and kids happy guys get them one and they will love you for it. Best SUV made!!!

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