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2011 Cadillac Escalade

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$13,439 — $28,379 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15-16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Powerful engine
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Long list of standard luxury features
  • Lots of standard safety equipment

The Bad

  • Feels big when driving
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Comparatively low towing capacity
  • Gas mileage
2011 Cadillac Escalade exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Cadillac Escalade
  • 403-hp V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • New side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to eight
  • Available full-time AWD

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2011 Cadillac Escalade Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV has appealed to celebrities and affluent 20-somethings since 2001, when a flashier version debuted. Its competitors include the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX56 and other luxury SUVs. In the spirit of excess, the Escalade boasts available 22-inch wheels and a 6.2-liter V-8 with more than 400 horsepower. It can be configured to seat up to eight people and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2011
Cadillac now includes standard scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multipoint vehicle inspection for four years or 50,000 miles. There’s more noise reduction material, including laminated windshield and side glass and a new rearview mirror.

Exterior
Three-tier headlights and a large crisscrossed grille define the Escalade’s styling, while chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle’s luxury status. Exterior features include:

  • LED headlights optional
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
  • Power liftgate standard

Interior
Two rows of captain’s chairs and a three-seat bench in back are standard. An optional second-row bench ups seating capacity to eight. The center stack flows into the floor console rather than being a separate unit. Interior features include:

  • LED-backlit instrument panel
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather seats with power adjustments ...

Vehicle Overview

The full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV has appealed to celebrities and affluent 20-somethings since 2001, when a flashier version debuted. Its competitors include the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX56 and other luxury SUVs. In the spirit of excess, the Escalade boasts available 22-inch wheels and a 6.2-liter V-8 with more than 400 horsepower. It can be configured to seat up to eight people and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2011
Cadillac now includes standard scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multipoint vehicle inspection for four years or 50,000 miles. There’s more noise reduction material, including laminated windshield and side glass and a new rearview mirror.

Exterior
Three-tier headlights and a large crisscrossed grille define the Escalade’s styling, while chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle’s luxury status. Exterior features include:

  • LED headlights optional
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
  • Power liftgate standard

Interior
Two rows of captain’s chairs and a three-seat bench in back are standard. An optional second-row bench ups seating capacity to eight. The center stack flows into the floor console rather than being a separate unit. Interior features include:

  • LED-backlit instrument panel
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather seats with power adjustments in front and seat heaters in the first two rows
  • Navigation system
  • Power-tilting steering wheel
  • Optional air-conditioned seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel and rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood
An all-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 makes 403 hp and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 8,300 (RWD) or 8,100 pounds (AWD) when properly equipped. Mechanical features include:

  • Available permanent all-wheel drive
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shock absorbers that GM says react to the road more quickly

Safety
Safety equipment includes:

  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Optional blind spot warning system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Beautiful isn’t enough of a word for it

by Charles j Boyd from Sunbury PA on October 31, 2019

I love the power an the deal of the four wheel drive. I like being high off the ground an I like the color. This is my first black car an it feels great very outstanding work was put into making these... Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable best riding beautiful SUV OUT THE

by SJ from Edmond, OKLAHOMA on August 1, 2019

It’s like Heaven on wheels!! I love the way it handles and I love the sound system!!! The interior is like driving around in your living room!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 50,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    4 year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escalade received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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