2012 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The top rival to the Cadillac Escalade hasn't changed in years.

The Lincoln Navigator appeals to the same customer set, arguably, yet in execution it feels very conservatively styled next to the Cadillac, inside and out.

In driving feel and performance, it's completely different, too, as the Escalade's V-8 completely outpowers and outclasses the 5.4-liter in the Navigator.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a little more manageable, but it's not quite as roomy inside either.

Both the QX56 and the LX 570 have some measure of off-road ability, but their on-road handling suffers.

Meanwhile, the Land Rover Range Rover probably has the strongest luxury image next to the Escalade, though its interior isn't nearly as roomy.

On the other hand, the Range Rover has excellent off-road ability while the Escalade and its showy wheels are best kept to boulevards and highways.

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8.6
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
8.4
Infiniti's civilized the full-sized SUV about as well as Land Rover has--but does the world still need big utes like this one?
9.0
It can't rightly be called a value, but the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover delivers a truckload of ability and exclusivity along with its admittedly huge Monroney.
7.4
Lavish and large, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is luxury, American-style, but its powertrains are a step behind those of the competition.
8.8
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.
7.6
The 2011 Lexus LX 570 is no Range Rover or Escalade, and it isn't a serious trail crawler either; what's left is a luxurious and well equipped SUV, but one with limited appeal.
MSRP From     
$63,170$60,000$79,425$57,775$61,570$79,455
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door 7-passenger4WD 4-Door HSE2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC4WD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
775778
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 DoorSport Utility4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door SUV
Transmission     
HD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic