The 2012 Cadillac Escalade isn't missing anything with respect to safety, and its stout structure delivers excellent protection--even though this is a body-on-frame SUV.
Front side airbags, head-curtain side airbags covering all three rows, and a StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation are all standard on Escalade and Escalade ESV models.
And crash-test ratings have been excellent. In the new, more stringent testing NCAP testing system from the federal government, the Escalade received perfect five-star ratings for frontal and side impact protection, and it even achieved a top five-star score in their side pole test. The model was apparently downgraded to an overall score of four stars only because of its tall body and three-star rollover calculation.