The two-mode hybrid system doesn't seem to be as well-integrated in this vehicle as it is in the GMC Sierra Hybrid that we also drove recently, mainly because the Escalade's brake pedal feel was disconcerting. Sometimes it was too mushy, and other times it was too grabby. Other than that, though, the Escalade Hybrid sails along the freeway with alacrity and is quite nice to drive.
The huge "HYBRID" decals along each side of the vehicle are beyond ridiculous. Thankfully, it looks as if they could easily be peeled off without damaging the vehicle. The "hybrid" badges on the air vents on the front fenders are also big, but they're not nearly as noticeable. I'm sorry, but it's rather disingenuous to parade around in a $75,000, three-ton luxury Cadillac SUV and plaster yourself in badging that says, "Hey, look at me! I'm saving the environment!" Prius owners will probably throw eggs at you.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor