Compare 2012 Cadillac Escalade vs 2012 Lincoln Navigator vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 Cadillac Escalade
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2012 Lincoln Navigator
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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
2WD 4-Door
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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
$54,301
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$63,170
$57,775
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1053 / month
$963 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.4
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. Lavish and large, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is luxury, American-style, but its powertrains are a step behind those of the competition. 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 - -
EPA Classification
- - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 37.7 34.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.7 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 50.1 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.7 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.1 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 37.6 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
60.5 60.2 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 51.9 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 39.1 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 39.5 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
60.8 59.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.3 58.3
Passenger Capacity
7 7 7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 143.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9 - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 78.8 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 78.3 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)
116.0 119.0 121.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.0 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 9.1 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
- 208.4 200.7
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 67.2 65.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 54.4 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 - - TBD - 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 103.3 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 18.1 14.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - - -
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr 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 13.1 x 0.9 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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 13.5 x 1.3 14.7 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 28.0 26.4
Fuel Tank Location
NA NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3 NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 20.0 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.8 39.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - 3.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - 18.6
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R18 P255/70R18 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - NA -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
QXK T22 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZRS NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - NA -
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R18 P255/70R18 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Rear Tire Order Code
QXK T22 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1245 1350 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 9000 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3550 - TBD - -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2784 2909 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 - TBD - -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3250 - TBD - -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2704 2909 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
14000 - TBD - -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- - 5512
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.5 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 23.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - NA -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
417 @ 4300 365 @ 3600 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
L94 995 NA
Displacement
6.2L/376 5.4L/330 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
403 @ 5700 310 @ 5100 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas/Ethanol V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection 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 Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.54 1.92
Trans Type
6 6 7
Trans PTO Access
NA NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.40 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
MYC 446 NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
HD Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.17 4.38
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- - 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Cadillac Escalade Lincoln Navigator Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Code
NA 119" WB -
Suspension
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent w/Coil Springs Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 - TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 - TBD - -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.42 3.73 -
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 w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- - NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder-type Fully Boxed -
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 11.6 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 1 2
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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