57. Test Driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with Andrew Hawkins

By January 27, 2021 Uncategorized

If you’ve ever spent time leafing through a car magazine or, god forbid, watching car reviews on YouTube, then you know that most of what passes for “automotive journalism” is indistinguishable from automobile marketing. That’s why it was so refreshing to read journalist Andrew Hawkins’ review of the 6,000-pound, 18-foot-long, 2021 Cadillac Escalade in The Verge last October. Rather than simply cooing over the latest high-tech doodads and distractions, Andrew reviewed the $80,000+ luxury truck from the perspective of the people who will be walking, biking, and trying to live their lives on city streets with this gargantuan SUV and its distracted driver in their midst. Aaron chats with Andrew about his stressful test drive of the new Escalade, his confrontation with the product managers at Cadillac, and the role that journalism can (or, perhaps, can’t) play in compelling policy makers and the automobile industry to change for the better. 

You can find the full transcript of this episode here.

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SHOW NOTES: 

Andrew Hawkins’ initial tweet with the photo of his three-year-old son in front of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. 

“Driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade was one of the most stressful experiences of my life.” By Andrew Hawkins in The Verge.

Death on foot: America’s love of SUVs is killing pedestrians (Detroit Free Press)

Better car design could prevent pedestrian deaths, says NTSB report (Curbed)

2021 Cadillac Escalade Review // “The $100,000 Benchmark For Ballers” (Throttle House)

Also check out Episode 48 of The War on Cars: Right of Way with Angie Schmitt and Episode 35: Suburbans in the City.

This episode was produced by Aaron Naparstek and edited by Ali Lemer. Our music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo is by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Design.

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One Comment

  • Gary+Harty says:

    My personal view is that the NHTSA is as complicit as the so-called automotive journalists. I believe the NHTSA must be in the pockets of the automotive industry. How else would we have an arms race in the automotive industry to make cars and trucks so big? And don’t get me started on the height of the head lights shining down on folks in reasonable sized vehicles and blinding them. Thanks for this episode, Aaron. And thanks to all the folks at the WAR ON CARS.