With the recent additon of our third child, we originally considered squeezing into our 2000 Escalade but, while doable, decided everyone would be happier - and the driver saner and safer! - with more elbow room. The plusses include the folding second row bucket seats (we leave driver side bucket folded for easy access to the third row), the built in DVD player and easy to manage climate control system. The minuses include the cumbersome DVD/CD functionality (random CD selection per CD, cannot select across several CDs), the upholstery stitching is attractive but too easy to catch on, the fuel consumption is awful (which we knew but gas prices went up the first week we had the vehicle!) . Overall, we're very happy with the car and appreciate the fact that we have space (i.e. for diaper changes, comfort on long trips, to hang out/do homework in between pick ups, etc.).
We were looking for a traveling vehicle to replace a Ford Expedition that I traded off a few years back. We started looking at new vehicles, but this was going to be a third car and did not want to invest $50K in something that would sit some of the time. We started looking at newer used SUV's and found many of them to be totally trashed. We looked at many, but came upon this very clean 2006 Escalade ESV and it fit the bill. I have been driving it for about a month now, and it is the most comfortable vehicle that I have ever driven. I have been totally satisfied with the purchase.
I am not sure you want to publish my review. I bought my vehicle after driving it as well as looking at a clean Carfax. However, I had to get my car towed to a Cadillac Dealer. After further eval I found out that the vehicle had transmission work up a year prior to me having. That was not disclosed to me or on the Carfax. I am having doubts that it was in an accident with work up undocumented. i will be taking it to an auto body shop.