2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review The Cadillac Escalade was first launched in 1999, and was initially based on the GMC Yukon Denali. The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is now based on the Chevrolet Suburban, but it offers more space and luxury compared to other full-size SUVs. Power comes courtesy of a 403hp 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (all wheel drive remains an option).

The BuyingAdvice Team Says:

Nothing speaks more of luxury, space, and refinement than the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV. If you can afford it, and provided that you don’t mind the poor fuel economy, nothing can equal the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV when it comes to luxuriously carrying eight passengers and extra cargo—while having enough power and torque to tow a large boat, all at the same time.

What’s New For 2012:

Besides a few improvements to the navigation system, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV remains essentially unchanged for 2012.

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What is the Predicted Reliability:

There were engine problems reported on the 2005 model of the Escalade ESV. There were minor troubles reported on the suspension, driveline, and vehicle accessories of Escalade models that were manufactured between 2006 and 2007. However, all of these irregularities were sorted out beginning with the 2008 model year. J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV an impressive 4 out 5 in overall initial quality in their Initial Quality Study.

Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV got an overall 4 out 5 from the NHTSA, with 5 out of 5 stars in front and side impact tests, and 3 out of 5 stars in roof strength tests. The Cadillac Escalade ESV also comes with stability/traction control, antilock brakes, front-side/side curtain airbags on all three rows of seats, OnStar, and rear parking sensors including a rearview camera.

Pros and Cons:

+ Eight passenger seating capacity
+ Large cargo area
+ Generous standard features for the price

– Size hampers maneuverability
– Middling fuel economy

Head-To-Head Competition:

The Lincoln Navigator L extended-wheelbase version costs around $5,800 more but it has 93 less horsepower than the Cadillac Escalade ESV. The Ford Expedition EL XLT costs around $23,000 less but it lags behind when it comes to cabin luxury, road presence, and refinement. It also has 93 less horsepower compared to the Escalade’s V8 engine. The Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition can both achieve 14/20 MPG while the Cadillac Escalade ESV returns 14/18 MPG.

What Others Are Saying:

"One of my favorite things about the Cadillac Escalade is that it is incredibly relaxing and easy to drive." – Automobilemag.com

"Stomp on the go pedal and the Escalade is great. It accelerates briskly, and it sounds great doing so." – MotorTrend.com

"…its adaptable suspensions are well-mannered and calibrated to strike a satisfying balance between a smooth, comfortable ride and decent handling." – Edmunds.com

Read more about the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV at the Cadillac manufacturer site.


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