2012 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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.

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac Escalade
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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.
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.
MSRP From   
$63,060$79,425$57,775$61,570
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class   
N/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7577
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Transmission   
HD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
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