2012 Cadillac Escalade

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2012 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
2012 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
Even though sales of traditional SUVs have tanked, the Escalade isn't about to go anywhere. Since its debut, the Escalade has been a visible social marker that signifies success and affluence and is characterized by its all-American opulence, from an oversize chrome grille and large chrome portholes and wheels to vertical LED taillights. The buyer's first decision is which version to choose: the standard Escalade or the twenty-inch-longer ESV (think of the ESV as a Chevrolet Suburban in Cadillac clothes). Although the ESV is larger and weighs a bit more, opting for it doesn't result in a fuel-economy penalty, at least according to the EPA scale. Both the short- and long-wheelbase models use GM's 6.2-liter V-8, whose 403 hp is more than enough to motivate the Escalade, which can be configured to hold six, seven, or eight passengers. There is an extensive list of infotainment options for all those passengers, and they won't lack for comfort, as heated and cooled seats and cupholders are also available. For those who want to keep their eco credentials intact, Cadillac offers the Escalade in a Hybrid version. (But really, what could be more incongruous than a giant SUV with a hybrid badge?) Using GM's patented two-mode hybrid system paired with a 6.0-liter V-8, the Escalade achieves a respectable 21 mpg in the EPA combined cycle. No matter which version you pick, the Escalade's ride is plush and somewhat bouncy -- shades of Cadillac land yachts of yore -- thanks to the Escalade's pickup platform and body-on-frame design.
Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV Bike 2
Most tuners would rather give a car "look-at-me" bodywork and tire-smoking power than actually modify the vehicle to improve it. This Becker Auto Design Cadillac Escalade appears to be a rare exception to that rule, though it does seem to have some questionable modifications including an available exercise bike for rear-seat passengers.
2012 Cadillac Escalade Front Left View
The heyday of the full-size luxury SUV may well have passed, but no vehicle born of that era has become more ingrained in the popular culture than the Cadillac Escalade. (A quick aside: Do we think this would have been the case if the Escalade had been named the ULX or some other nonsense amalgam of letters and numbers? No.) Even though the Escalade's biggest-volume sales years may be behind it, this vehicle still looms large in the public consciousness, and the general perception of Cadillac.
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Front Left Side View
One of my favorite things about the Cadillac Escalade is that it is incredibly relaxing and easy to drive. The leather seats are as wide and cushioned as a couch, very little sound permeates the cabin, and the steering has enough power assistance to make changing course a breeze. The soft suspension and lazy engine create a serious sense of disconnection from the road. You don't drive an Escalade, per se, you just sort of sit around and occasionally offer suggestions as to the SUV's direction.
2012 Cadillac Escalade Premium Front View
We have little idea what a new Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, or Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban will look like, but we now know this: the new SUVs will have some components stamped at a new, $200 million facility in Arlington, Texas.
2009 Cadillac Escalad EXT Front Three Quarters
There’s one Top 10 list that the Cadillac Escalade continually owns year-after-year: the Highway Loss Data Institute’s list of the most stolen vehicles in the United States. In an effort to wean its way off the most stolen list, Cadillac will be incorporating a host of security improvements into the 2012 Escalade to help deter -- if not prevent -- vehicle theft.

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2012 Cadillac Escalade Specifications

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6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
403 hp @ 5700rpm
417 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation

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