2012 Cadillac Escalade Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Black Raven
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,092 - $25,823
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
13 City / 18 HWY
Horsepower
403
Seats
7-8

How 2012 Cadillac Escalade Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 2.9Interior 3.5Comfort 3.8Value 3.1Safety 4.0

Editor's Overview

Among the rest of the full-size SUV crowd, the Cadillac Escalade stands out like a ruby in a diamond chest. Although it's just as capable as the rest in terms of towing and sheer luxury, it makes its mark by being possibly one of largest and most flashy cars not only in its class, but on the road.

Cadillac Escalade Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $23,092 - $25,823
Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Premium $23,092 - $25,823
Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Platinum Edition $23,092 - $25,823
Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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The escalade has surpassed my expectations a very reliable and comfortable ride.

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The comfort of the escalade is beyond top notch. Seating is spacious and comfortable. The heated and cooling seats in the front captains chairs are exceptionally nice year round. The 2nd row is captains chairs also that are heated and are excellent for passengers and especially the ones sitting in the rear bench seat. The mechanical reliability is exceptional and has never had any major issues besides normal wear and tear. The motor is solid and reliable even in the harshest conditions of living in the northern part of the united states with negative temperatures. The all-wheel drive of living in a state that gets a fair amount of snow can stand up to any four wheel drive pickup out there on the market. The performance package and suspension of the escalade makes it unmatched to another SUV of it is kind on the market! It can go through any type of terrain and ride smooth on the streets and highways. It has all the bells and whistles you would expect on a Cadillac and they work perfectly. I would complete recommend a Cadillac escalade to anyone in the market of purchasing a full size SUV. The entertainment system makes long rides a breeze with dual DVD monitors and headrest DVD players. The Bose sound system with surround sound will make you want to sing along to any song. I cannot say enough good things about this ride with the roomy interior and sharp looking exterior will have you sold on being a Cadillac owner. The reliability and functionality of the SUV is unmatched and then to take into account the roominess and comfort. Do not forget the nice size engine for those that want to haul that boat to the lake or camper with the tow haul mode makes it easy to do so. The handling of the vehicle is exceptional and you do not feel like your driving a lumbering vehicle more of a nice riding large SUV. The feeling of being in one of the safest vehicles on the road today with OnStar at your fingertips will make you want to travel anywhere the road may take you.

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Cadillac escalade esv - the perfect 'mom car'.

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I absolutely love the roominess that the escalade esv offers. Having three children means having lots of stuff. All of my kids belongings, along with groceries, strollers, diaper bags, etc.., fit in this car. I feel safe when I drive it, and like how we are higher than in a regular car. I definitely recommend this vehicle.

Kelly M
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My luxury car my whole family enjoys.

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Problems are: can't see well out of the back window, there is also a blind spot on the right side of the car from the drivers side. Pluses are its very comfortable I love the heated seats and heated steering wheel. It rides very smooth. There's a lot of storage compartments.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$23,092 - $25,823
$23,092 - $25,823

Horsepower

Horsepower
403 (hp)
403 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI (E85) with Active Fuel Management and E85 FlexFuel capability (403 hp [300.5 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 417 lb, VORTEC 6.2L V8 SFI (E85)
Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI (E85) with Active Fuel Management and E85 FlexFuel capability (403 hp [300.5 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 417 lb, VORTEC 6.2L V8 SFI (E85)
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
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Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.1 (in.)
41.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39 (in.)
39 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 (in.)
39.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Entertainment System
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Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
7 - 8
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Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
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Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Chrome Wheels

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
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Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P265/65R18
P285/45R22

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
116 (in.)
116 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39 (ft.)
39 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
79 (in.)
79 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Horsepower

Horsepower
403 (hp)
403 (hp)

Torque

Torque
417 (ft. lbs.)
417 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
8 Cylinders
8 Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
26 (gal.)
26 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
16 (mpg)
16 (mpg)

City

City
14 (mpg)
14 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
18 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
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Air Suspension

Air Suspension
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Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

Overdrive
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CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
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ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
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Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

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Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
  • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system with Rollover Mitigation, includes disable switch *
  • Traction control, all-speed, electronic *
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information) *
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, first, second and third row outboard seating positions with rollover sensor (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information)
  • Air bags, seat-mounted side-impact, driver and right-front passenger for thorax and pelvic protection (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information) *
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.) *
  • Automatic Crash Response *
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance *
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation *
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Safety belts, first and second row belts to body, third row belts to seat, lap and shoulder all seating positions
  • Door locks, child rear security
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (does not apply to spare tire) *
  • Side Blind Zone Alert

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (1)

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Electrical System Dec 30, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 30, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V827000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the "Start" position.
Consequence:
If stuck in the "Start" position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the "Accessory" position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14696 for the original equipment, and 14912 for the service replacement parts.

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