This review is based solely on my own personal experience and opinions.
The fondest memories my husband has of his childhood include riding around on his Power Wheels. Our toddler is only one year old but he just couldn’t wait to buy him his own Power Wheels ride on toy.
Driving the Power Wheels toy is not something a one year old toddler can do which is why they are recommended for older toddlers ages 3 and up. Our toddler plays with older friends who could actually do the driving, but we still wanted to find a ride on Power Wheels toy that he would enjoy as well and then grow in to.
What attracted us to the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade was that it is a two-seater, allowing for our toddler and his driver to ride together. The other thing we really liked about the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade was that it has doors that really open and close. Toddlers love opening doors.
My husband was so excited when we brought the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade home he took it right out and started the assembly. In approximately 2 hours, assembly was complete and he had the real working FM radio tuned to the only station that seems to come in around here.
Now that we’ve had the Power Wheels Escalade for several months, our toddler is slowly growing to enjoy it. The older toddlers loved it right away. The Power Wheels Escalade goes two speeds; 2.5mph and 5mph and in reverse, which allows for his friends, ages 4 and 7 to both enjoy it at their own speed. The radio with its single station is left off however, except when my toddler wants to play with the knob.
Overall, the Power Wheels Escalade is a good buy. The battery life is quite good and the kids all enjoy it. The seat belts have fallen out and gotten lost. The doors that open and close, well, they have to be lifted to open which makes them tricky for the little toddlers but also an added safety measure to prevent them from falling out.
We were disappointed in the smoothness of the plastic tires on the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade. With no tread, even small bumps are impossible to get over without a lot of pushing and thrusting. Although it advertises that it can go over the grass as well, the toy is more for show than the actual Escalade the celebrities drive.
Which brings me to the real appeal of the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade; the sleek design and the feeling of money that it evokes. Just looking at this toy will bring a pride to the parents that will likely never be able to afford the real thing. What other toy can you say that about?