Now, a very funny thing happens when you get behind the wheel of a brand new $85,845 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition which is essentially the most pimped out version of one very, very pimped out full-size SUV. Sure, we could call it a family SUV because families love the Escalade but then so do overpaid TV actors, rappers, professional sports stars and more than a few of the ladies from the “Real Housewives” franchises as anyone who ever watches the Bravo Network can well and truly attest.
But what is it that makes the Cadillac Escalade so appealing not only to SUV buyers but also to its owners given the fact that this ultra-shiny SUV came in first place overall in the Autobytel/AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards? Yep, you read that right. After we surveyed thousands upon thousands of new car, truck and SUV buyers for their opinions of their recently purchased rides, it was only the Cadillac Escalade that managed to stand head and shoulders above every other vehicle on sale this year.
That’s quite an impressive accomplishment for an SUV that prior to this road test was in our suspicious minds just a Chevy Tahoe with extra shiny bits glued on. But no, on that count we were most assuredly wrong as this behemoth SUV has such an imposing visage that it is almost like sitting on a nightclub bouncer shoulders as you are travelling down the road. The 2012 Cadillac Escalade is also like those burly bouncers in that it intimidates lesser beings on the road and that it also manages to make its owner look like he or she is of a higher stature or importance.
You might just call this elevation in social status the “Sopranos Effect” because not only did Tony Soprano drive one to his New Jersey home during the opening credits of the show but owning an Escalade might also give people reason to fear you for reasons that are wholly irrational. Now, we aren’t saying people will think you are in the mob but at the very least they just might think you were a one-time cast member on “Jerseylicious.”