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2012 Cadillac Escalade Overview (See Available Styles)

As luxury SUVs go, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade is all about status – not the status quo.

Other than a revised navigation system and some new anti-theft features, the Escalade remains relatively unchanged for the 2012 model year. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the Escalade has everything you need and more. It all starts under the hood with 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.

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade has an extended wheelbase brother, the ESV; an SUV/truck hybrid brother, the EXT, a fuel-efficient hybrid sibling. Competitors in the luxury SUV class include the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, and Infiniti QX56. The Escalade is available in four trims: Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum and boasts a host of standard features. The Escalade features a bold grille and Cadillac’s signature wreath emblem letting everyone know that you have arrived. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power liftgate that can be opened remotely, high-intensity discharge headlamps and 18-inch wheels are standard, while 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retractable assist steps and LED headlights are optional.

Seat seven in the 2012 Cadillac Escalade’s versatile interior, which comes with a rear bench and two middle row captain’s chairs. An optional second row bench boosts occupancy up to eight. Leather and wood adorn almost every surface, while heated and cooled front seats, a touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, Bose 5.1 surround sound system, SiriusXM Radio, LED-backlit instrument panel and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard features. A DVD entertainment system, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cupholders and a dual-screen entertainment system are optional.

When it comes to safety, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade 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.

Turn heads and drive in style in the luxurious and well-appointed 2012 Cadillac Escalade.

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:

9 of 9 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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