2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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Available in 4 styles:  2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 4x4 shown
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Asking Price Range
$35,154–$56,782

Estimated MPG

20 city / 23 hwy


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Cadillac's Escalade Hybrid uses GM's 2-Mode Hybrid system to reduce fuel consumption yet retain the traditional capabilities of a full-size SUV. It's available in rear- or four-wheel-drive form, and its hybrid system works with a 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine. Primary competitors include the related Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid. Trim levels include the well-equipped base Escalade Hybrid and loaded Platinum model.

New for 2011
Free scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles is now included, and Cadillac says a laminated windshield and front-row side windows will reduce wind noise. The standard OnStar communication system has enhanced voice recognition that Cadillac says will enable it to better understand regional dialects. EPA fuel economy estimates are revised to 20/23 mpg city/highway for the 2011 two-wheel-drive mode.

Exterior
The overall shape of the Escalade Hybrid differs little from its conventional counterpart, but Cadillac has added hybrid badges to the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate. With all that extra trim work, there won't be any question in the minds of passers-by as to what type of vehicle you're driving. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 22-inch chrome wheels
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Optional LED headlights
  • Optional power-retractable running boards
  • Standard rear parking sensors and backup camera

Interior
The cabin is largely the same as a regular Escalade's, but there are a few hybrid-specific features. The Escalade Hybrid's instrument cluster gains an additional gauge that monitors the efficiency of the vehicle, and the instrument panel gets some hybrid graphics, too. The standard navigation system screen can also display a graphical representation of the hybrid system and its operation. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather interior
  • Three rows of seats accommodate up to eight
  • Standard power front seats
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats
  • Standard heated second-row seats
  • Standard tri-zone climate control
  • Standard moonroof
  • Optional heated and cooled cupholders
  • Standard USB/iPod port

Under the Hood
The 2-Mode Hybrid system allows the Escalade Hybrid to accelerate from a stop and cruise at slow speeds on electric power alone. When more power is needed, the gas engine will kick on to provide supplementary power. Like most hybrids, the Escalade Hybrid captures energy during braking and stores it in the hybrid battery pack for later use. Mechanical features include:

  • 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Regular gas or E85
  • Automatic transmission incorporates two electric motors
  • 5,800- (2WD) or 5,600-pound (4WD) towing capacity

Safety
Standard features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Three-row side curtain airbags

 


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