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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Base 14 18 $59,063 $63,170
2WD 4-Door Luxury 14 18 $63,014 $67,395
2WD 4-Door Premium 14 18 $67,016 $71,675
2WD 4-Door Platinum Edition 14 18 $74,748 $79,945
AWD 4-Door Base 13 18 $61,448 $65,720
AWD 4-Door Luxury 13 18 $65,398 $69,945
AWD 4-Door Premium 13 18 $69,400 $74,225
AWD 4-Door Platinum Edition 13 18 $77,132 $82,495
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$59,063
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$63,170
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1053 / month
$1026 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters. With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 18 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate -
EPA Classification - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 7 7
Third Leg Room (in) 25.6 34.2
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 40.6
Third Hip Room (in) 49.1 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 40.3
Third Head Room (in) 37.9 38.2
Front Hip Room (in) 60.5 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 61.7 50.5
Second Leg Room (in) 39.0 39.5
Front Head Room (in) 41.1 40.1
Second Hip Room (in) 60.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 143.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.0 78.3
Side Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Overhang, Front (in) - TBD - -
Step Up Height - Side (in) 21.8 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.6 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 202.5 -
Side Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 9 -
Height, Overall (in) 75.9 72.4
Step Up Height - Front (in) 21.8 -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - TBD - -
Wheelbase (in) 116.0 121.1
Track Width, Front (in) - 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.9
Length, Overall (in) - 200.7
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) - 65.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 60.3 43.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 108.9 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 16.9 14.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.2 14.7 x 1.3
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.5 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26 26.4
Fuel Tank Location NA -
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 39.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 18.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QXK NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Front Tire Size P265/65R18 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - -
Spare Tire Size P265/70R17 NA
Front Tire Order Code QXK NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Spare Tire Order Code ZRS NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - -
Rear Tire Size P265/65R18 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1245 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 8300 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3550 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2784 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 7100 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3250 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2704 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 14000 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 5512
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8 20 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 417 @ 4300 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code L94 NA
Displacement 6.2L/376 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 403 @ 5700 210 @ 3400
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System SFI Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 17
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.03 4.38
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.53 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Trans PTO Access NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 1.00
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.06 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.36 2.86
Trans Order Code MYC NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA -
Trans Power Take Off NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.15 1.37
Trans Description Cont. HD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Cadillac Escalade Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Code NA -
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 46 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating -
Suspension Type - Front Independent w/Coil Springs Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.41 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3250 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.42 -
Axle Type - Front Independent -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 46 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3925 -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.10 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4100 -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - NA
Frame
Frame Type Ladder-type -
Doors
Side Door Type Swing-out -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 1 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
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