Staying cooped up in our homes for the past two years has been intense. Long periods of isolation were proven to negatively impact people across all age groups. But with the travel restrictions down, we can safely return to our pre-pandemic “normal”.

While we all grapple with the new normal of implementing a host of safety measures, we can direct our attention to the sweeter side of life. For those of us who were outdoor enthusiasts, it’s time to rejoice in being able to return to what we truly love—exploring the outdoors.

The outdoors can have a beneficial impact on our mental well-being as well as physical health. The fresh air, change in scenery, and rigorous exercise to climb up a steep hill can do you wonders! But getting to those beautiful places can be a struggle. Closed roads, off-course routes, steep climbs, and jagged paths are common enemies that cars have to battle when they’re taken on these trips.

To protect your car—and yourself—you might want to consider alternatives to taking your car on a risky trip. You could rent a luxury car instead!

In this feature, we’ll be reviewing how the Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport handles a rocky journey on a trip to the Saddleback Mountains, right here in Southern California.

The Destination

Located within the Cleveland National Forest, forming the Santa Ana Mountains, the Saddle back Mountains essentially divide Orange County and Riverside County. The drive from LA to the area takes about 2 hours. You can easily make this into an all-day trip, or head back home after bathing in an iconic sunset setting over the mountain top.

The highest peak within these mountains is the Santiago Peak, at an elevation of 1.734m or 5,689ft. Named after Santiago Creek, the Santiago Peak is the highest in Orange County. From the top, you can see the stretch of both the Orange and Riverside Counties!

The trails to the top are narrow and rugged, but for our Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport, this is a breeze.

The Features of a Beast

The Cadillac Escalade stands tall at about 6.4 ft, from the bottom of the tires to the tip of the roof. It’s essentially the Hulk of cars!

The Cadillac Escalade 4WD Sport is designed to cover both on- and off-road trails beautifully. It boasts a mighty 6.2L V8 engine and is capable of generating 420HP. These numbers make the Escalade a gentle giant.

It also has a 10-Speed Automatic transmission. This results in smoother gear shifts while driving, and it also means the car has better fuel efficiency. You won’t need to put in a lot of power to make the gear shift smooth and seamless! The Escalade has a torque of 460-465 lb-ft., enabling it to make those steep turns easily.

A beautiful rugged area surrounding a lake

Luxurious Interiors

Just as it radiates magnificence on the outside, the Cadillac Escalade interiors are a work of art too. The car is furnished to impress with polished leather seats, a leather accent on the dashboard, and the works.

But that’s not all, it also has tech features to finish with a modern look, as a large OLED display at 16.9 inches. This takes up the largest space. There is also a 14.2-inch cluster of digital gauges. And right next to the steering wheel is a 7.2-inch LCD screen that functions like a mini-computer.

All back seats have tablets fitted in, too!

The interior and console of a luxury car

The Results

The Cadillac Escalade performs magnificently on an off-road trail. The luxurious interiors provide security and comfort, while the powerful engine handles all of the grunt work. All in all, the SUV delivers exactly what it promises—a grand experience for both the driver and the passengers!

Was that enough to convince you? If yes, then you might want to consider searching for car rental services that provide luxury cars.  For premium car rental services in LA, reach out to LA Exotic Rentals. They provide luxury car rentals for weddings, corporate events, and more. They also offer 24-hour car rental services! Just pay by the day, as they don’t have the fuss of hourly pay.  Get in touch with them to learn more about their range of services, grand fleet, and prices.

About The Author

Mike Grant is a car enthusiast who loves renting luxury and exotic cars out for testing. He’s an automobile writer with over 6 years of experience reviewing luxury, muscle, and exotic cars. He’s currently focusing on reviewing luxury cars to make knowledge about them more accessible.


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