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If you need the length and cargo space of a Chevy Suburban, but want to spruce things up a bit, the large, yet sleek 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the SUV for you.

All Cadillac Escalade models receive upgraded navigation systems and new anti-theft features, which are fairly minor additions for 2012. The Escalade ESV is just one of four Escalades in Cadillac’s stable. The Escalade ESV competes with the aforementioned Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Lincoln Navigator L in the extended SUV segment.

The 2012 Escalade ESV is perfect for family road trips or for hauling distinguished company that enjoy living in the lap of luxury. The ESV is more than 20 inches longer than the regular Escalade and is built to accommodate third row passengers and cargo space. If you’re lucky enough to be a third-row passenger in the ESV, you’ll enjoy almost 10 more inches of legroom and 45.8 cubic feet of rear cargo room.  If you need to load the ESV to the brim, simply remove the third row, fold the second row and enjoy a cavernous 137.4 cubic feet of volume, which happens to be best-in-class, and 28 cubic feet more than the regular model.

Powering the ESV is a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 417 pounds-feet of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That massive amount of torque is good for 8,100-8,300 pounds of towing when equipped with rear-wheel drive, or the available all-wheel drive. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control uses electronically controlled shock absorbers, allowing for the Escalade to react to the road more quickly, giving you a smooth and comfortable ride. In terms of fuel economy, the Escalade leaves a lot to be desired with 13/14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

You can seat up to eight in the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, which should be adequate for the crew or soccer team. The leather-trimmed, 14-way power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, a touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, Bose 5.1 surround sound system, and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard features. Heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cupholders and a dual-screen entertainment system are optional.

Like the regular Escalade, the ESV is available in four trims: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum and boasts a host of standard features. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power liftgate that can be opened remotely, and 18-inch wheels are standard, while 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retractable assist steps and LED headlights are optional.

When it comes to safety, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV has you covered with standard, side curtain airbags for all three rows, front-set side-impact airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with rollover-mitigation technology. A blind spot warning system is optional.

For the ultimate in refinement and spaciousness, the 2012 Cadillac ESV is ready and waiting.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 14 MPG
  • Highway: 18 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

7 of 7 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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