2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

All-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

  • Mammoth dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Step-up height

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 345-hp V-8
  • Permanent AWD
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • StabiliTrak stability system
  • Road Sensing Suspension

2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV review: Our expert's take

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 inches longer than the regular Escalade, the ESV provides more than 20 additional inches of interior length.

For 2005, a premium instrument cluster featured bright chrome trim, and burled walnut was added to the interior. Nothing has changed for the 2006 model year.

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 Escalade ESV has full-time all-wheel drive and General Motors’ 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.

Joining the lineup in 2004 was 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 seating surfaces and pleated door panel bolsters. The 2006 Platinum Edition also includes a dual-screen DVD rear entertainment system that has a screen for the second row and another for the third row.

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 include turn-signal indicators. A functional step bumper at the rear shrouds a 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.

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, which also features burled walnut accents and embroidered floormats.

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.1
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


Drove 1800 miles and needs new transmission

Once the transmission went out I took it back to Harris Ford they would not even diagnose it. I took it to Cadillac to see if it they could. The car would drive in 1 &2 but 3 or 4. Once they did their diagnosis they said there were no codes and then repeated back to me that the shift problem was the transmission would not shift in to 3 or 4 and charged me $170. I would not own another Cadillac it they gave it to me. More to come.


Beautiful reliable Cadillac Truck

This truck was amazing. I loved how it rode and comfort. Gas mileage wasn?t great and neither was the Insurance premium or the excise tax.


Most comfortable luxury car that seats everyone

This car is reliable, safe, and worth the money when taken care of. I?d recommend buying used with lower miles because the showroom value is too high.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Cadillac
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
New: 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper; CPO: One year/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper
6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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