The Car Pro Test Drives the Self-driving 2021 Cadillac Escalade with 36 Stereo Speakers
Thursday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The Car Pro Jerry Reynolds joined Dave and Matt to talk about his test drive of the week, Ford's new car, Tesla news, as well as other auto industry news.
This week The Car Pro was test driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the last of the large General Motors SUVs that Jerry had yet to review, and the first time he had driven one. Jerry had a lot to say about the car's sound system, self driving features, and price, but he started the discussion by saying,
I've got to tell you guys: This thing is big, it's bold, it's expensive, but it is amazing at the same time.
Reynolds said that if you have 100 grand laying around that this would be a great buy, but only if you can find one, as the demand is high and supply is low for this SUV. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has been in high demand since it came out in September, and does not seem to be any less desired now. He expects that this $106,000 SUV could be sold at an auction right now for anywhere from $115,000 - $120,000, and that could continue to go up.
Jerry talked about 2 big features on this SUV, the first of which being the sound system, which Reynolds said is indescribable. There are speakers everywhere you look, including the headrests for the driver and passenger seats, meaning you have the sound right by your ears. The speakers were made by AKG, and are worth $4,300. The other big "standout" feature on the car was the super cruise self driving system. Jerry said that he has seen cars that have adaptive cruise control that will speed you up, slow you down, and more or less keep you in your lane, but that this is the first and best example of those systems that he has ever seen. Reynolds explained that GM has mapped out and driven 200,000 miles in order to ensure that the system works as intended. With this system you are able to completely take your hands off the wheel, and put your feet on the floor in order to relax. Of course, you cannot close your eyes for even 3 seconds before it gives you loud verbal warnings, and then is soon followed by the seat beginning to vibrate in order to wake you up, which may seem like a lot, but Jerry says that when you are going 70 mph down the freeway, 3 seconds is a really long time. This system will also allow you to turn your blinker on, and the car will automatically gauge if it is safe to change lanes, and do it all for you.
The Car Pro also talked about some stories on his website carprousa.com. One story is about Ford announcing the range for their Mach-E GT, in which the AP estimates were actually higher than the targeted range. Jerry says that he has been very interested to see this car, which can go 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. He thinks Ford has something really special for those who want an electric car. Another story covers the Top 10 Most Expensive Vehicles at the Barret Jackson which Jerry said was quite interesting. And finally, a story on the Most American Made Vehicles, in which Tesla placed in the top 3.
Read more stories at carprousa.com and listen to the full interview with The Car Pro Jerry Reynolds in the audio above.
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