On June 28, 2008 our family leased a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. I had misgivings about getting this car. Could our family afford it? What about the negative connotations I had towards people who drive them? There always seemed to be some snobbish looking woman behind the wheel of an Escalade. But my husband really wanted this car, so we got it.
This was the first time we ever owned a Cadillac vehicle, and it was to be my car. Suddenly I got to be the snobbish looking woman driving it, and that just wasn’t me at all. Soon however, those preconceived notions vanished. What an amazing car this turned out to be! There were so many features I liked about it.
First, it had a camera on the back of the car. We have four children, and three of them are little. We also have a small dog. Every time I put the car in reverse, the camera would show me a full view of everything behind the car. What a relief to know that if my kids weren’t in the car with me, I wouldn’t be accidently driving over them if they happened to somehow get behind the car without me noticing. My mother in law did drive over their family dog when my husband was a boy; it was comforting to know our dog wouldn’t suffer the same fate.
The same screen that showed the camera view was also my navigation screen and entertainment system screen. My children loved that there was not one but two DVD screens, one for the middle row and one for the third row seats. I loved that I had complete control of the DVD or music up front; the Chevrolet Suburban I drove previously had only one DVD screen, and the DVDs had to be loaded directly into the DVD player itself, located on the ceiling of the cabin, not up front by the driver. The Cadillac system was so user friendly!
I was a little concerned about the gas mileage for this car; it had a gas tank that could hold 26 gallons of fuel. At the time that we owned it, gas was rising to over $4.00 per gallon. To fill the tank cost over $100 during that first summer, and it did put a strain on our family. However, because I was the mainly the only one to drive it and I didn’t drive very much, a tank of gas would last for one month.
Everything about this car was pure luxury. It was black with a black leather interior, it was spacious, and it was built for comfort. I felt like a million dollars driving this car. I never imagined I’d like it so much.
For me, the real test of a car is how it performs on long road trips. Again, my husband and I have four children, so this is a big deal. We drove it to California for a week at the beach with my husband’s parents and we were comfortable. My favorite trip in this car, however, was taking it camping. Now, I felt a little silly having such a luxury vehicle parked next to my campsite, but it was great. We were able to fit all of our camping gear–six sleeping bags, pillows, a tent, food for the weekend, a camping stove, clothes, etc. in the back of the car without having to put a single thing on the luggage rack on top. We were delighted in how this car accommodated our large family.
Sadly, after a year of leasing this car, our family’s income had dropped substantially due to the economic downturn and we posted the car on Swap-A-Lease, a website that helps lease owners find others to take over their lease. We were amazed that we found a buyer in two days. A nice family in our own town wanted to take over the lease. My husband showed them the car, and we began working with GM on the process. We couldn’t believe it when other people saw the car on the website, and a bidding war ensued! We actually had people all over the country not only wanting to take over the lease from us, but to also pay us additional money to choose them over other bidders.
We did turn over the lease to the first local family who wanted the Cadillac, and I hope that they are still enjoying it as much as we did. This was a superb SUV. My own kids still tell me how much they miss having the Cadillac, and ask when we’ll get another one. I can only tell them how much I loved it too.