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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 @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Cadillac Escalade

  • With its brash styling, class-leading V8 power, well-sorted vehicle dynamics and upgraded interior, the 2003 Cadillac Escalade is finally becoming an SUV worthy of the Cadillac name.

  • Safety
  • Pros

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

  • Cons

    Poor mileage, must pay the premium for all-wheel drive to get the big engine.

  • What's New for 2003

    Despite brisk sales of the Escalade in 2002, there are numerous upgrades for 2003 to keep the luxury sport-ute at the top of its game. An improved StabiliTrak stability control system is now standard on both two- and all-wheel-drive models, while all Escalades get an improved braking system, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and chrome wheels as an option. The interior has also been updated with new features like tri-zone climate control, satellite steering wheel controls and a redesigned instrument cluster and center console. The standard Bose audio system received some minor upgrades while new options include XM Satellite Radio, a DVD entertainment system and second-row captain's chairs. Added safety comes in the way of dual-stage airbags, adjustable pedals, a front-passenger seat sensor and three-point belts for all first- and second-row passengers.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (13 total reviews)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

We still love our escalade!

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

We have been very happy with our Escalade. At about 70,000 the transmission went out and our extended warranty took care of. They did a repair and not a replacement. Other than that this has been a great truck. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a newer one next year.




Best money ever spent

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

We have thoroughly enjoyed this vehicle so far. The kids have enjoyed it and we are already ready for an ESV.




Best car for me

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

this car was amazing to drive, fun for my kids, in fact i bought my twin sons them for there sweet 16




Cool escalade

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I enjoy driving a SUV vehicle, owned Jeeps before for 18 years and find the Escalade much better. Visibility is great, the car seems to handle the curves much better than any Jeeps.The interior stays cleaner, seating is very comfortable, acceleration is super therefore passing another vehicle is easy..in fact much better than the DeVille 2002 model.My only gripe...the radio buttons they are not equal to the rest of the Escalade..seem shoddy!!




Esci

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I LOVE MY ESCALADE, IT GIVES ME GREAT COMFORT IN DRIVING IT ,THOUGH I DO HAVR TO SAY THAT IT IS A LITTLE ROUGHER, COMPARED TO A SEVILLE. I DONT EVER HAVE ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS WITH IT.




Everything safe

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

great suv super it make you proud to drive this truck



Full 2003 Cadillac Escalade Review

What's New for 2003

Despite brisk sales of the Escalade in 2002, there are numerous upgrades for 2003 to keep the luxury sport-ute at the top of its game. An improved StabiliTrak stability control system is now standard on both two- and all-wheel-drive models, while all Escalades get an improved braking system, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and chrome wheels as an option. The interior has also been updated with new features like tri-zone climate control, satellite steering wheel controls and a redesigned instrument cluster and center console. The standard Bose audio system received some minor upgrades while new options include XM Satellite Radio, a DVD entertainment system and second-row captain's chairs. Added safety comes in the way of dual-stage airbags, adjustable pedals, a front-passenger seat sensor and three-point belts for all first- and second-row passengers.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
/
  • 16
  • highway
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