I was going to buy a new sport-utility last fall, but decided to hold off when I heard that Cadillac will enter the market. I understand that the Cadillac Escalade will be a mildly redressed GMC Denali.
I had decided to go with a Ford Expedition. Even though it is far from perfect, I felt it was the best in the full-sized market. Yeah, the leather seats are stiff; it rides a little rough; gas mileage is poor; fit and finish are only so-so, and the guy who designed the right-side center seat (the one that takes an engineering degree to work) should be shot.
I looked at the Lincoln Navigator, but I decided it wasn't worth the price. I think the Expedition is better-looking anyway.
So I waited to see what the brains at General Motors would do. When my local GMC dealer received his first Denali, I went over to take a look at what will be (basically) the Cadillac Escalade.
The first thing I noticed is how ugly it is. The side cladding is not only ugly, but it is poorly designed, and doesn't flow at all with the lines of the vehicle.
The second thing I noticed is the price: $43,000. Are they kidding? And the Cadillac will be even more, and it doesn't have a third-row seat.
I bought a 1998 Expedition with every option I could get, and it was still $2,000 less than a Denali.
GM must feel it needs more room on the deck, since it keeps pushing customers to jump ship.
The writer is a fleet service manager for a limousine company.