(4.6) 12 reviews
MSRP: $18,615$36,303
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 15-16
Engine: 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 7-8
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Our Take on the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Our Take

Cadillac's Escalade ESV offers more room for those who find the Escalade, a full-size SUV, just a bit too small. Its wheelbase is 14 inches longer than the full-size Escalade, and its total length exceeds the standard model by more than 20 inches. Third-row occupants benefit from increased ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ungainly proportions
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features

  • 403-hp V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • New side-impact airbags for front seats
  • More than 20 inches longer than regular Escalade
  • Increased cargo capacity
  • More room in third row


Consumer Reviews


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My Favorite Car Ever

by Chubby from New Hampshire on October 29, 2011

I'm 53 years old and I've owned every type and brand of car. I bought a used 2003 Escalade several years ago and ran it up to 210K miles before selling it to a guy who exports them to other countries.... Read Full Review

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.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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