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2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review

The Escalade ESV is an extended wheelbase version of the regular Escalade. The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a perfect blend of luxury and practicality. No other SUV beats the Escalade ESV’s ability to haul passengers and weight simultaneously. It stands out all other competitors in its class. It can carry eight passenger and has the best cargo carrying capability in its class.

The 2012 Escalade ESV comes with a choice of a single 6.2 Liter V8 that generates 403 horsepower and delivers 417 pound-feet of torque at wheels. It is mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The engine is responsive and helps Escalade achieve 0-60 mph in seven seconds. Such a a quick acceleration is pretty much impressive when compared to the other SUVs in its class. Cadillac Escalade ESV is offered in both rear wheel driver and all wheel drive layout. Despite being a large sized SUV, the EPA fuel estimates are outstanding; the rear wheel drive RWD does 14 mpg in city driving, 18 mpg in highway mode and 16 mpg in combined driving. The all wheel driver AWD version is a bit heavier on fuel with EPA estimates of 13 mpg in city mode, 18 mpg in highway mode and 16 mpg combined. The towing capability stands at 8,000 pounds for the rear wheel drive RWD version and 7,700 pounds for the all wheel drive AWD version.

The standard safety equipment on the the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV include stability control, front and side curtain airbags, parking sensors, rear-view camera, anti-lock disc brakes and OnStar emergency communication system.  For 2012, the Cadillac Escalade ESV gets a tweak to its navigation system.

Trim Levels and Options

For 2012, The Cadillac Escalade ESV version is offered in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum.

Base: The base is the lowest grade trim level on the Escalade ESV, but even though, it I fitted with accessories usually not found on the other competitors. The base includes 18-inch wheels as standard, powered folding mirrors, automatic xenon headlights, powered lit-gates, fog-lamps, remote engine start and key-less entry, adaptive suspension, automatic climate control, heated front and second row seats, rear-view camera, 10 speaker Bose audio system with six CD changer and audio controls in the rear seats, OnStar communication, bluetooth, auxiliary jack and interface for USB and iPod.

Luxury: The luxury is a bit upscale trim level and features 22-inch alloy wheels, upgraded adaptive suspension, blind spot warning system, sunroof, automatic high beams and heated steering wheel.

Premium: The premium trim level adds retractable running board, rear seat entertainment system, distinctive 22inch alloy wheels and a unique exterior trim. .

Platinum: The Platinum trim level can be distinguished from the other trim levels by a unique exterior trim it sports. Also the LED headlights are standard on this trim. 22 inch chrome wheels replaces the conventional alloy wheels. The interior is also upgraded and features leather stitched dashboard and door top; premium leather has been used for the interior. The entertainment system also gets an upgrade and features two displays behind the front head rests. Also the customers have an option to choose from unique interior trim colors.

Pros and Cons

The Escalad ESV is an outclass luxury transporter with desirable features and cargo carrying capacity; However, the vehicle is inferior to midsize SUVs when it comes to fuel Economy.

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