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What's New for 2012:
- Upgraded navigation system
The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV. The truck-based platform is also used for the Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon. The gasoline powered Escalade is sold in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. The hybrid gasoline electric Escalade Hybrid is offered in Standard and Platinum trim levels. Eighteen-inch wheels, a Tow package, and Xenon headlights are standard. The Luxury trim upgrades to 22-inch chrome wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, a sunroof, and active suspension, while the Premium trim adds power-retractable running boards. The Platinum trim features special cosmetic touches.
Although the Escalade's cabin is normally configured for 7 passengers, an optional second-row bench seat allows for 8 passengers. Standard equipment on the 2012 Escalade includes leather upholstery, air conditioning with automatic 3-zone control, power-adjustable pedals, power tailgate, heated first- and second-row seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a full range of power accessories, and a Bose surround-sound system. The Luxury trim adds power-folding second-row seats, and a blind-spot monitoring system. The Escalade Premium trim adds rear-seat DVD entertainment, while the Escalade Platinum trim includes upgraded leather upholstery, upgraded infotainment, and more.
Some standard equipment on upper trim levels is optional on lower trim levels, including a rear-seat entertainment system, power-retractable assist steps, LED headlamps, and 22-inch chrome wheels.
Under the Hood
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade is offered with a choice of two engines. The standard power plant is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 403 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Escalade Hybrid is fitted with a 6.0-liter, 8-cylinder gasoline engine that works with a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors inside the transmission. The combined power output is 332 horsepower. The Hybrid's gearbox is a unique 2-mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission with four fixed gears. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional on all Escalades.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Cadillac Escalade are:
- Escalade with RWD: 14/18/16 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Escalade with AWD: 13/18/15 mpg
- Escalade Hybrid: 20/23/21 mpg
Standard safety features on the 2012 Cadillac Escalade include anti-lock brakes, traction control, a full complement of air bags, parking sensors, rearview camera, and OnStar telematics.
In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Escalade received 5 (out of 5) stars for frontal- and side-impact crash protection; 3 stars for rollover protection; and 4 stars overall. To date, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not conducted tests on the 2012 Cadillac Escalade.
|Standard||6 speed automatic||$63,170||403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||14/18|
|Luxury||6 speed automatic||$67,395||403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||14/18|
|Premium||6 speed automatic||$71,675||403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||14/18|
|Platinum||6 speed automatic||$79,945||403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||14/18|