2011 Cadillac Escalade

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9 reviews
Available Price Range $23,701-$41,229 Trims8 Combined MPG 15-16 Seats 7-8

Our Take on the 2011 Cadillac Escalade

Our Take

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,... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Feels big when driving
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Comparatively low towing capacity
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features

  • 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


Our Expert Reviews

It's easy to consider the Cadillac Escalade a superstar because of its flash and reputation, but after my experience in the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV, I'm convinced it's more like a diva. This SUV is ginormous, and I was interested to see how it really worked as an everyday family hauler. However, the Escalade ESV didn't really care what I thought. It was going to do whatev... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

Luxury plus

by Happy from Vancouver, Canada on October 24, 2011

The Platinum model is Luxury plus inside and out. However, I did expect the gas mileage to be some what better.

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Cadillac Escalade Base

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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