2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Luxurious cabin
  • Powerful engine
  • Ample standard luxury features
  • Third-row roominess

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • 403-hp V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • More than 20 inches longer than regular Escalade
  • Increased cargo capacity and third-row room
  • Upgraded navigation system
  • Several new anti-theft features

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 legroom, and cargo capacity behind them nearly triples. With seating for up to eight, the ESV competes with other luxury SUVs such as the Lincoln Navigator L and Lexus LX 570.

As with the regular-wheelbase Escalade, the Escalade ESV gets a full complement of luxury equipment, including leather seats, plenty of exterior chrome and optional 22-inch wheels. It's available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2012
Apart from navigation system upgrades and a variety of new anti-theft features, there are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
Built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV stretches more than 20 inches longer than the regular Escalade. Fourteen of those inches go to extending the wheelbase, which allows for larger rear doors unconstrained by wheel wells. Despite the bigger dimensions, curb weight increases by just 241 pounds for rear-wheel-drive models. Exterior features include:

  • Jeweled headlights
  • Cadillac's now-familiar grille
  • Rectangular taillights in back
  • Eighteen-inch wheels standard; 22-inch wheels optional
  • Available Platinum Edition features LED headlamps and unique 22-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate s...
Vehicle Overview

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 legroom, and cargo capacity behind them nearly triples. With seating for up to eight, the ESV competes with other luxury SUVs such as the Lincoln Navigator L and Lexus LX 570.

As with the regular-wheelbase Escalade, the Escalade ESV gets a full complement of luxury equipment, including leather seats, plenty of exterior chrome and optional 22-inch wheels. It's available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2012
Apart from navigation system upgrades and a variety of new anti-theft features, there are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
Built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV stretches more than 20 inches longer than the regular Escalade. Fourteen of those inches go to extending the wheelbase, which allows for larger rear doors unconstrained by wheel wells. Despite the bigger dimensions, curb weight increases by just 241 pounds for rear-wheel-drive models. Exterior features include:

  • Jeweled headlights
  • Cadillac's now-familiar grille
  • Rectangular taillights in back
  • Eighteen-inch wheels standard; 22-inch wheels optional
  • Available Platinum Edition features LED headlamps and unique 22-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate standard

Interior
The ESV's extended dimensions don't yield significant gains for first- or second-row occupants, but third-row passengers gain nearly 10 inches of legroom. Cargo volume behind the third row increases from 16.9 cubic feet to 45.8 cubic feet. With the third-row seat removed and the second row folded forward, maximum cargo volume is 137.4 cubic feet — about 28 cubic feet more than the regular Escalade. Interior features include:

  • Optional DVD entertainment system includes a second 8-inch screen for third-row passengers
  • Standard leather interior, automatic climate control and power-operated front seats
  • Standard seating capacity is seven; available second-row bench expands capacity to eight
  • Available Platinum Edition features a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cupholders, a leather-wrapped interior and a dual-DVD entertainment system with screens integrated into the back of the front head restraints

Under the Hood
The Escalade ESV uses the same engine as the regular Escalade: a 6.2-liter V-8 with 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission.  Cadillac includes standard scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and multipoint vehicle inspections for four years or 50,000 miles. Mechanical features include:

  • 8,000 pounds (RWD) or 7,700 pounds (AWD) of towing capacity when properly equipped
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shocks that GM says react to the road more quickly
  • Available full-time all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety equipment includes:

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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Luxury SUV

by Hotrodder from NC on July 21, 2018

Very nice and loaded with nice features. Extremely nice and great ride. Heated and Cooled seats and cup holders. Nice XM radio and nice gps and sunroof Read full review

(5.0)

King of Kings

by Bucketz45 from Charlotte on June 17, 2018

This car is one of my favorites immediately. This is my 3rd escalade and the overall condition and experience with the staff @ King ford lincoln made this one that much sweeter. They went out of their ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Front Seat
5 Star
Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
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.

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Cadillac

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, 24-hour consumer relations center hot line, Free OnStar service for six months and Vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Every certified Pre-Owned Cadillac comes with a 6 year or 100,000 mile Certified limited warranty coverage
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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 ESV 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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