Compare 2012 Cadillac Escalade vs 2012 INFINITI QX56 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 Cadillac Escalade
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2012 INFINITI QX56
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escalade 2WD 4-Door Base 14 18 $59,063 $63,170
Escalade 2WD 4-Door Luxury 14 18 $63,014 $67,395
Escalade 2WD 4-Door Platinum Edition 14 18 $74,748 $79,945
Escalade 2WD 4-Door Premium 14 18 $67,016 $71,675
Escalade AWD 4-Door Base 13 18 $61,448 $65,720
Escalade AWD 4-Door Luxury 13 18 $65,398 $69,945
Escalade AWD 4-Door Platinum Edition 13 18 $77,132 $82,495
Escalade AWD 4-Door Premium 13 18 $69,400 $74,225
Escalade Hybrid 2WD 4-Door 20 23 $69,049 $73,850
Escalade Hybrid 2WD 4-Door Platinum 20 23 $77,880 $83,295
Escalade Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 20 23 $71,434 $76,400
Escalade Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Platinum 20 23 $80,265 $85,845
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2WD 4-Door 7-passenger
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
QX56 2WD 4-Door 7-passenger 14 20 $55,525 $60,000
QX56 2WD 4-Door 8-passenger 14 20 $55,525 $60,000
QX56 4WD 4-Door 7-passenger 14 20 $58,389 $63,100
QX56 4WD 4-Door 8-passenger 14 20 $58,389 $63,100
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4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
GL-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GL 550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$59,063
$55,525
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$63,170
$60,000
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1053 / month
$1000 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
8.8
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. 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? 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
City
14 mpg 14 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
18 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate - -
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
EPA Classification
- - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
60.8 58.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.8 58.3
Passenger Capacity
7 7 7
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 28.3 34.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.0 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 48.8 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.5 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 39.6 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 36.4 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
60.5 59.2 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 60.5 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 41.0 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 39.9 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 143.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9 - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 79.9 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 - - 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 75.8 72.4
Step Up Height - Front (in)
21.8 - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - - -
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 121.1 121.1
Liftover Height (in)
- 34.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 67.9 65.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.5 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 9.2 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
- 208.3 200.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 16.6 14.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.7 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 49.1 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 49.6 43.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 86.2 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 95.1 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 20.2 18.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 13.8 x 1.2 14.7 x 1.3
Brake Type
Pwr Power Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.5 x 0.8 13.8 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 26.0 26.4
Fuel Tank Location
NA NA -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr - TBD - Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3 - TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 43.3 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 19.7 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 41.6 39.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - 3.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - 18.6
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Rear Tire Order Code
QXK NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R18 P275/60R20 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - TBD - -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 P275/60R20 NA
Front Tire Order Code
QXK NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZRS NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - TBD - -
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R18 P275/60R20 P275/50R20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1245 850 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
8300 8500 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 8500 -
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
14000 14300 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3550 4495 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2784 2765 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 7300 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3250 3615 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2704 2825 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- - 5512
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 20 x 8.0 20 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 20 x 8.0 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 x 8.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 15.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
417 @ 4300 413 @ 4000 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
L94 VK56VD NA
Displacement
6.2L/376 5.6L/339 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
403 @ 5700 400 @ 5800 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
SFI DI Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
18 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 14 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.86 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.89 4.38
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 2.03 1.92
Trans Type
6 7 7
Trans PTO Access
NA NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00 1.00
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 - TBD - 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 3.17 2.86
Trans Order Code
MYC NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.41 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
HD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.78 0.73
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- - 3.45
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Cadillac Escalade INFINITI QX56 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Code
NA 121.1" WB -
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 - TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 - TBD - -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.42 - TBD - -
Axle Type - Front
Independent - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3925 - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link w/Coil Springs Self-Leveling Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- - NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder-type Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out - -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 1 2
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 11.6 11.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- -
Rollover Rating
- -

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