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2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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$2,735 — $11,179 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15 MPG
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Performance
  • Interior space
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Seat comfort
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Mammoth dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Step-up height
  • Frontal crash-test rating

What to Know

about the 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 345-hp V-8
  • Permanent AWD
  • New touchscreen navigation system
  • StabiliTrak stability control
  • Road Sensing Suspension

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2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac expanded its sport utility vehicle lineup to three models when it added the full-size Escalade ESV during the 2003 model year. Not only is this the largest luxury SUV on the market, but it’s also the biggest Cadillac ever produced. Measuring 22.5 inches longer than the regular Escalade, the ESV provides more than 20 additional inches of interior length.

For 2005, a premium instrument cluster features bright chrome trim, and burled walnut is added to the interior. Touchscreen navigation includes a 6.5-inch screen, and GM’s OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability. Built in Mexico, the Escalade ESV competes against such vehicles as the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 470 and Lincoln Navigator, but the ESV’s dimensions set it apart.

In addition to a 345-horsepower V-8, the ESV has full-time all-wheel drive and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system. Technical features include a Road Sensing Suspension System and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist. XM Satellite Radio, a trailering package and a tire-pressure monitor are standard.

An ESV Platinum Edition equipped with 20-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels and a premium interior that included an ebony and shale dashboard, shale leather upholstery and pleated door panel bolsters joined the lineup for 2004. A dual-screen DVD entertainment system is installed. The Platinum Edition continues into the 2005 model year.

Exterior
Cadillac notes that the ESV “s...

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac expanded its sport utility vehicle lineup to three models when it added the full-size Escalade ESV during the 2003 model year. Not only is this the largest luxury SUV on the market, but it’s also the biggest Cadillac ever produced. Measuring 22.5 inches longer than the regular Escalade, the ESV provides more than 20 additional inches of interior length.

For 2005, a premium instrument cluster features bright chrome trim, and burled walnut is added to the interior. Touchscreen navigation includes a 6.5-inch screen, and GM’s OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability. Built in Mexico, the Escalade ESV competes against such vehicles as the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 470 and Lincoln Navigator, but the ESV’s dimensions set it apart.

In addition to a 345-horsepower V-8, the ESV has full-time all-wheel drive and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system. Technical features include a Road Sensing Suspension System and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist. XM Satellite Radio, a trailering package and a tire-pressure monitor are standard.

An ESV Platinum Edition equipped with 20-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels and a premium interior that included an ebony and shale dashboard, shale leather upholstery and pleated door panel bolsters joined the lineup for 2004. A dual-screen DVD entertainment system is installed. The Platinum Edition continues into the 2005 model year.

Exterior
Cadillac notes that the ESV “shares the same bold exterior design and commanding road presence” as the regular Escalade. High-intensity-discharge headlights flank an eggcrate grille. The front fascia incorporates recessed tow hooks and rectangular fog lamps.

Chrome badging features the Cadillac wreath-and-crest insignia. Signature seven-spoke chrome-plated aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. Power folding and heated mirrors are equipped with turn-signal indicators. A functional step bumper at the rear shrouds a Class VII trailer hitch. Built on a 130-inch wheelbase, the ESV measures 221.4 inches long overall, stands 75.7 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 10.7 inches.

Interior
Depending on the ESV’s seating configuration, either seven or eight people can luxuriate on soft, aromatic Nuance leather seating surfaces. The front bucket seats have 14-way power adjustment, power-adjustable side bolsters, power lumbar and seatback recliner controls, and independently heated seatbacks and cushions. Second-row bucket seats have heated cushions, and customers can choose a bench seat for this row. The third-row bench seat folds down and can be removed to increase cargo capacity. Front- and second-row seats are heated and cooled in the Platinum Edition.

Under the Hood
The Escalade ESV’s 6.0-liter V-8 generates 345 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque; it mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Full-time all-wheel drive is standard.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags, a passenger-sensing system and side-impact airbags for the front seats are installed.

Driving Impressions
Despite the ESV’s massive dimensions, engine response is quite vigorous and the automatic transmission is well behaved. The suspension is on the soft side, but the ESV handles with a reasonable degree of confidence. Visibility is terrific because of the massive glass area. The second-row seats are especially comfortable and grant ready access to the back row.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)
Value For The Money
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(5.0)

This is my Baby

by Tony from va on September 18, 2007

I love the sound system,style ,everything thats why I put a lot of tender care for this track.Ohh boy I am planning to trade in this one and get a new one. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escalade ESV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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