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First Times Drive: Cadillac's 2015 Escalade can't hide humble roots
First Times Drive: Cadillac's 2015 Escalade can't hide humble roots

Consider the new Cadillac Escalade lipstick on a cow. The full-size SUV, redesigned for 2015 and on sale now, is an attempt by General Motors’ luxury division to run with the heavyweights of the SUV world. Think Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL, Lexus LX and Infiniti QX80. But after a week testing a loaded Escalade Premium AWD -- yours for a cool $87,985 -- it was clear that no amount of chrome or wood could hide the SUV’s humble roots as a GM truck. The unrefined chassis doesn't measure up in this premium segment, in which competitors have a bank-vault solidity the Caddy can't match. As with the three previous generations of the Escalade, this new version...

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