CadillacEscaladeRecently my family and I had the opporutunity to test out the 2012 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Platinum Hybrid on a road trip from Atlanta to Florida when we attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.While I love spending time with my family, 6+ hours in a car normally has us ready to reach our destination, but not this trip. I’m not exaggerating when I say we all thought about ways we could just stay in the car a little bit longer. If it wasn’t for the allure of the most magical place in the world we just might have.

Cadillac is the classic luxury car. I’m going to assume that you already know it boasts a flawlessly smooth ride and an inviting interior that’s simple yet timelessly elegant; and just share with you a few of the many things my family loved about the Escalade:

Husband: Napoleon, 44
My husband is the lead driver on our family road trips and had no desire to take a break on this one. He happily drove the entire way there. When I asked him what he liked about the car he said, “everything.” While I think that speaks volumes I dug a little deeper for some specifics. Napoleon is a music man so the AM/FM/XM/CD radio with MP3 capability and 6-disc changer complete with a 10-speaker Bose Studio Surround Sound system was a huge hit. He’s also techie and enjoyed the many automatic features including the Side Blind Zone Alert that lets you know on your side view mirrors if a car is in your blind spot. I loved that one, too. 

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Grandpa better known as “GP”: Mario, 69
My father has owned Cadillacs in the past so he didn’t have to be convinced of its excellence – he has already invested in them. I still remember his beautiful pale yellow Cadillac convertible he drove when I was about 9 or 10. When my husband did give up the wheel my father enjoyed all the automatic features of the car that his didn’t have back in the day like the power running boards/assist step and the rear view camera system. He set the adjustable pedal, put the car on cruise control and enjoyed the ride. He also pointed out the classic Cadillac clock still a feature on the dashboard.

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The Kids: Miles, 11 and Milan, 9
The kids were fascinated with the beauty of the car. The size of it and the crystal red metallic coat wowed them at first sight. Of course what kept them happy was the DVD Navigation System. They each could watch their own movies and had wireless headsets to wear. They were happy, comfortable and weren’t arguing. Score. This might be one of my favorite features, too.

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Wife, Mom, Daughter: Me, 41
I have a long list of likes, many of them already mentioned, so I’ll just share a couple. Truthfully, I was a little intimidated to drive it as it’s so big and fabulous, but once I was behind the wheel it was an easy ride. It’s bigger than my personal SUV but the size wasn’t a problem. The mirrors and review system made it safe and comfortable. I also enjoyed the space. It was roomy, so roomy that when I got booted out by the guys to ride in the back with my kids I sat in the center seat and was fine. Did I mention I’m 5’11’? Space matters to me and my legs and that was a huge plus. A fun favorite was also the heated and cooled front seats. I’m just saying. And, finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the gas that I thought we’d be buying. I assumed it would be a guzzler, but was pleasantly surprised at the awesome miles we got out of every gallon, it averages 23 Highway MPG. Napoleon and our bank account were both happy about that.

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For more information on the Cadillac Escalade, visit www.cadillac.com

Until next time, I’m off and running …

Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the sites AskWifey.com and RunWifeyRun.com. After two marathons, nine half marathons and countless smaller races she’s still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and her life-changing wedding appeared on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.” She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, Napoleon and their kids, Miles, 11, and Milan, 9.

Disclosure: I was provided the use of the vehicle by General Motors for media review purposes. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.