Six Good vehicles for Families: Part 6 of 6

2012 Cadillac Escalade

2012 Cadillac Escalade

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade continues to impress. 2012 Cadillac Escalade is the kind of vehicle that could be your great choice if you are looking for a strong car with large capacity. You can begin considering about its exterior and interior design and see whether the vehicle matches your standard and expectation in term of the appearance. It delivers the luxury and elegance that would really fit your lifestyle, along with the comfortable interior parts that would make your travel time more comfortable. This car is the perfect choice for you who often travel in long distance. The wheelbase as the part of the basic elements also provides comfort in dealing with any types of road.

2012 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr Luxury – Summary
Brake ABS System: 4-Wheel
Disc – Front
Disc – Rear
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.0 x 1.2
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.5 x 0.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³): 108.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³): 60.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³): 16.9
Engine Type: Gas V8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in): 116.0
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in): 202.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in): 79.0
Height, Overall (in): 75.9
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in): 31.6
Ground Clearance, Front (in): 9
Ground Clearance, Rear (in): 9
Step Up Height – Front (in): 20.2
Step Up Height – Side (in): 20.2
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 26
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity: 8
Front Head Room (in): 41.1
Front Leg Room (in): 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Front Hip Room (in): 60.5
Second Head Room (in): 39.2
Second Leg Room (in): 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Second Hip Room (in): 60.8
Third Head Room (in): 37.9
Third Leg Room (in): 25.6
Third Shoulder Room (in): 61.7
Third Hip Room (in): 49.1
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG): 15 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG): 13 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG): 18 (2011)
Suspension Type – Front: Indep torsion bar
Suspension Type – Rear: 5-link coil springs
Spring Capacity – Front (lbs): 3600
Front Tire Order Code: QST
Rear Tire Order Code: QST
Spare Tire Order Code: ZRS
Front Tire Size: P285/45R22
Rear Tire Size: P285/45R22
Spare Tire Size: P265/70R17
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 5000
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 500
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 8100
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 1215
Drivetrain: AWD
Rear Door Type: Liftgate
Front Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Rear Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Spare Wheel Size (in): 17 x – TBD –
Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material: Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material: Steel

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2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Review


The 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is one sure-fire and fun to drive way of being both chic and almost green at the same time. While very few SUV hybrids have actually managed to pull off what would be considered great fuel economy, those larger ones, like the Escalade, that try are deserving of credit. With beautiful styling as you’d expect from a Cadillac and a luxurious interior, this eight-seater is definitely worth consideration. For those who are looking for a commuter SUV to get the kids around town or carpool with the office employee and who require luxury while doing it, the 2011 Escalade Hybrid has a strong application that demands a test drive. If you’re in the market for a spacious SUV with power yet still capable of healthy fuel savings, then you will definitely want to take a look at the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.


The Escalade Hybrid comes in 4 X 2 and 4 X 4 models, and the 6 liter Vortec V8 engine is rated at 332 horsepower with two tandem 60 kilowatt electric motors and a 300 volt battery system. The hybrid can run on either one or a combination of its power sources to create the right balance of efficiency and performance. Towing capacity is 5,800 pounds and the vehicle uses continuously variable transmission (CVT). The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is $61,420 to $87,725.

  • Pricing: starting MSRP of $61,420
  • Engine: a 6.0-liter V8 engine working in tandem with two 60-kilowatt electric motors and a battery pack in the vehicle expected to produce 332 horsepower.
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Fuel Economy: 21 miles per gallon city and 22 on the highway
  • Car Safety Features: Stability and traction control, side curtain airbags for all three rows, antilock brakes, and OnStar. For 2010 the Cadillac Escalade received a perfect five out of five stars for frontal crash test ratings and a disappointing three out of five stars for the rollover rating. The Escalade was not tested for side-impact.
  • Warranty: All Cadillac vehicles are covered by GM’s standard 3-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Both the 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive variants scored “Above Average” ratings according to the IntelliChoice 5-Year Cost of Ownership.

Exterior Features

The 2011 Escalade Hybrid is a full-sized luxury SUV that seats eight and is offered in two trim levels. The base model’s exterior comes with 22-inch chrome-clad wheels, a roof rack, sunroof and xenon headlights as well as a power rear liftgate. The Platinum trim adds a Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension, power-retractable running boards and beautifully-designed and accenting LED headlight elements.

Interior Features

The Escalade Hybrid has a classic Cadillac interior with leather upholstery, a navigation system, memory driver’s seat, and rear seat video entertainment. Front seats are heated, ventilated and power-adjusted. The seven-seat SUV is more than roomy enough for passengers and has an impressive amount of cargo space. The gauges and the navigation system touch screen are large and easy to read although the blue gauge pointers are not ideal for all lighting conditions. The video system has drop down screens.

A rear view camera is included to help in avoiding hard to see rear obstacles. Pedals and steering wheel are power adjustable, but the latter does not have telescopic adjustment. A tri-zone climate control system helps in providing comfort while driving, and the cup holders are designed to both heat and cool drinks.

General Review Consensus

Another reputable reviewer gives the Escalade Hybrid a high score for premium large sport utility vehicles. The vehicle scored highest on front and rear seat comfort, and cargo room, and was above the class average in all categories except quietness where it equaled the average. Steering, acceleration and handling were next closest to the average score, while the controls were highly rated. As would be expected, the hybrid scored well above others in its class in fuel economy.


On the pro side, the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has well-designed controls, and plenty of passenger room, both for the legs and head, along with ample cargo space. The vehicle is friendly to the environment with good fuel economy though not quite as good as some of its competitors. The hybrid is rated at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.


On the con side, the Escalade Hybrid is not very quiet, and the 22 inch wheels and high vehicle weight limit the ride quality.


Overall, this large SUV is recommended for people who need a spacious vehicle for commuting, for family trips, or for transporting the kids from one activity to another. The hybrid provides Cadillac luxury but with fuel economy and a respectable price tag. As a value within its class of large SUVs, the 2011 Escalade Hybrid was rated by Consumer Guide at 7 compared to a class average of 5.4.

Competition for the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Very nice and luxury-filled as the 2011 Cadillac Escalade is, shoppers would be wise to test drive and consider alternatives such as:

The Lexus Rx 450h affords better fuel economy, but it is not as roomy as the Escalade, nor does it quite perform as well. The Audi Q7 TDI’s fuel-economy is about the same as the Escalade, but the drive is better overall and the vehicle has a higher towing capacity. Both the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and the GMC Yukon Hybrid cost thousands of dollars less and are otherwise comparable except in the area of luxury refinement.

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2011 Cadillac Escalade Review


For years, Cadillac has led the luxury SUV class with its classy and sport Escalade. Over the last decade, the vehicle has been on the cutting edge in its class, setting trends for on-road performance and outpacing the competition with interior amenities. In 2011, it appears that Cadillac has truly swung for the fences, hoping to blow away not only the in-class competition, but also its previous versions of the Escalade. The new entry has a higher price tag than usual, but it comes with much more for those people who are truly interested in the epitome of luxury on the road.


For years, the Escalade has been clocking in at just north of $60,000, but 2011 has brought about a a nearly 33% bump. MSRP for the 2011 edition sits at $82,290, making it one of the most expensive luxury SUVs on the market. The engine is a characteristically large and powerful 6.2 liter V8, providing 403 horsepower and 417 ft/lbs of torque. A fuel-injected system equipped with a 26-gallon tank, the 2011 Escalade gets 20 miles per gallon on the highway and 14 around town. It comes equipped with an all-wheel drive system, an automatic transmission, and the ability to reach 60 MPH is just over 7 seconds.

  • Pricing: base model should start at around $82,300 MSRP
  • Fuel economy: current fuel economy car ratings of 14/20 mpg city/highway is expected to remain the same
  • Engine: 6.2-liter, 403-horsepower V8
  • Acceleration: with all-wheel drive, the 0-60 time of the Escalade is just over 7 seconds
  • Car safety features: current safety equipment will carry over for 2011
  • Architecture: the 2011 Escalade is based on a new Lambda frame
  • Warranty: ten-year/100,000-mile transferable powertrain warranty likely

Exterior Features

The Escalade is currently in its third generation and has progressively further distinguished itself from its cheaper GM relatives, such as the Yukon and Tahoe. Standard exterior equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, remote start, and a power liftgate. Popular options, such as the chrome 22-inch wheels and sunroof, will most likely remain for the 2011 model year.

Interior Features

The 2011 Escalade retains many of the interior features that made the 2010 version special. It still seats 8 passengers with plenty of room for each. The vehicle makes driving comfortable by offering a Bose surround sound system, providing standard OnStar, and the added safety of a rear camera. The 2011 version features an easy to use navigation system to keep drivers on track.

Drive Quality

The Escalade has always provided very civil handling on the road for an SUV of its size. What’s more, the abundantly powerful V8 offers enough horsepower to propel the large truck from 0-60 in a respectable 7.4 seconds. The vehicle comes equipped with an adaptive suspension system that has long provided an exceptionally smooth ride. For a car with such size, it truly does drive like a small sport sedan. Acceleration has been a bit of an issue in the past, but the 2011 Escalade seems to have corrected some of the problems. The engine provides a type of smooth power that makes the driver feel in control. The vehicle has crossed over from its old “truck style” architecture to the new Lambda system, which makes it drive much more like a car. The level of handling won’t make drivers confuse the Escalade for a Ferrari, but it outpaces almost all large SUV competitors.


The 6.2 liter V8 is one of the most powerful engines to go in any vehicle in 2011. Providing more than 400 horsepower in just the basic Escalade models, it provides incredible torque on the roadways. For a vehicle of such large size, the acceleration time from 0 to 60 remains impressive, and the fuel economy is a plus as well. The standard Escalade will keep drivers above 20 on the highways, and the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid version will offer even more economy.

Why purchase the 2011 Escalade?

The fact of the matter is that the 2011 Escalade has taken power and performance to new levels. Its engine is hard to beat and no luxury SUVs can come close to offering the same level of torque. Its new drivetrain makes it seem like you’re out for a Sunday stroll in the old sedan. Likewise, it offers enough room for the whole family and a comfortable interior.

Why not the 2011 Escalade?

The price is a bit high for some, as they don’t feel as if it offers enough of an upgrade over last year’s model. Likewise, the 14 miles per gallon around town can be somewhat taxing for those who do a lot of shuttling.

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Tech Specs of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade

Standard Engine 6.2L V8
Standard Transmission 6 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 8
Horsepower @RPM 403@5700
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 10 / 16
Combined Fuel Economy 12
EPA Class Four Wheel Drive SUV
Number of Valves 16
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Flexible Fuel Vehicle / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected, Sequential Port Fuel Injected Sequential, Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 10.4:1
Displacement 6162 / 376
Bore X Stroke 4.06×3.62
Cruising Range 312 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 13.9
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Overhead Valve
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A
Cargo Volume (EPA) N/A
Cargo Volume (MFR) N/A
Fuel Capacity 26.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) N/A
Passenger Volume (MFR) N/A
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard 7300
GVWR Maximum 7300
Payload Standard 1585
Payload Maximum 1585
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 39.0
Steering Diameter Right 39.0
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Live
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 265 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 65
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 18 in.
Seating (Standard) 7
Seating (Optional) 8
Tow Capacity (Standard) 8100
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 8100
Headroom (Front) 41.1
Headroom (Row 2) 39.2
Hiproom (Front) 64.4
Hiproom (Row 2) 60.8
Legroom (Front) 41.3
Legroom (Row 2) 39.0
Shoulder Room (Front) 65.3
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 65.2
Seating (Maximum) 8
Headroom (Row 3) 37.9
Hiproom (Row 3) 49.1
Legroom (Row 3) 25.6
Shoulder Room (Row 3) 61.7
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 5715
Ground Clearance 9.0
Height 75.9
Length 202.5
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 68.2
Track (Rear) 67.0
Weight Distribution AT (Front) 52
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) 48
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 116.0
Width 79.0
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4
Crash Test Rating 5* / 5*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built U.S.A.