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Cadillac Escalade Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade

  • With a brash new style, class-leading V8 power and significantly improved driving dynamics, the all-new 2002 Cadillac Escalade has finally put itself in a position to compete in the tough field of big-buck SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Vigorous powerplant, best-in-class towing capacity, handles well for a large SUV.

  • Cons

    No optional entertainment system, awkward steering wheel design, must pay the premium for all-wheel drive to get the big engine.

  • What's New for 2002

    No longer a mere Yukon Denali spin-off, the radiant 2002 Cadillac Escalade bursts onto the luxury SUV scene and attempts to maul its competitors with a monstrous 6.0-liter engine and enough technology to satisfy the target demographic.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Minor problems

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I enjoyed driving the escalade, but since it the first year it came out a few minor hiccup need to be corrected. When the back shock stays up it puts pressure on the front, thus when one goes in a little hole the front suspension goes up and down repeatedly.




Cadillac escalade

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

This Cadillac is a blast to drive. The acceleration is quick and powerful. It has OnStar for any emergencies which is good. It takes time getting used to all of the space that it takes in different lanes compared to a passenger car though.




Incredible

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Compared to my 1999 Escalade this vehicle has been incredible. It would be hard to envision how GM could improve on this SUV.




Good car

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

this car is good




Kid car/luxury vehicle

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I HAD BEEN DRIVING SEDAN DEVILLES FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS BEFORE CHANGING TO THE ESCALADE. I WATCHED THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE THIRD SEAT BECAME AVAILABLE, THEN I BOUGHT IT. I MUST SAY THAT I WAS A BIT SCHEPTICAL AS I WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE FROM A CAR TO A SUV. IN RETROSPECT, I AM GLAD I DID. I DO NOT BELIEVE I GAVE UP MY "caddie ride", NOR DID I GIVE UP MUCH OF MY ENGINE PERFORMANCE OR MANEUVERABILITY.




Escalade the cool ride.

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Vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Much better gas mileage than expected, fun to drive, love the powerful engine.



Full 2002 Cadillac Escalade Review

What's New for 2002

No longer a mere Yukon Denali spin-off, the radiant 2002 Cadillac Escalade bursts onto the luxury SUV scene and attempts to maul its competitors with a monstrous 6.0-liter engine and enough technology to satisfy the target demographic.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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