2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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$63,060

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2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT
2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Configurable cargo bed
  • Luxury equipment
  • Powerful engine

The bad:

  • Ungainly dimensions
  • Extending cargo box exposes occupants to elements

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Extendable cargo bed
  • Standard lockable tonneau cover
  • Standard AWD
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control suspension
  • Fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation system

2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The high-end Cadillac Escalade EXT luxury sport utility truck competes with the Ford F-150 Platinum and the Toyota Tundra Limited. It features a unique folding midgate that converts the Escalade EXT from a five-seat short-bed truck to one with two seats and an eight-foot cargo bed. Like other Escalades, it’s powered by a 6.2-liter V-8. All-wheel drive is standard. 

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

Exterior
The EXT’s cargo bed is 45.5 cubic feet, about the same as a compact short-box crew-cab pickup truck. The midgate flips inward along with the second-row seats, expanding the pickup box to 101 cubic feet of cargo volume. It maintains the triangular C-pillar extensions of GM’s first-generation crossover pickups, and the design is highlighted by its rectangular headlights and angular face. Exterior features include:

  • Eighteen-inch wheels standard; 22-inch wheels optional
  • Removable and lockable tonneau cover standard
  • Power-retractable assist steps optional

Interior
Two rows of seats accommodate five occupants. The folded midgate creates an expanded, continuous load floor for the bed, but the lack of a partition exposes occupants to the elements. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Standard power front seats
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped, wood-trimmed steering wheel; heated steering wheel optional
  • Standard navigation system with a backup camera that has new guide lines
  • Standard Bose surround sound system
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood
A 6.2-liter V-8 generates 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque and works with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. Mechanical features include:

  • 7,600-pound towing capacity
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shocks that GM says react to the road more quickly

Safety
Escalade EXT safety features include:

  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with rollover-mitigation technology
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard side-impact airbags for front seats

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

2.1

Everything went wrong

84,000 miles, air condition, transmission, motor mounts, oil pressure sensor, shocks, struts, engine oil cooler line, power steering pressure line, brake calipers stuck, all have need replaced or repaired.

5.0

I'm on my fourth Escalade.

Great all around safe and versatile vehicle. I'd buy another in a heartbeat. I'm on my fourth Escalade now and miss the EXT model, at least they still make the ESV though new prices are getting scary.

5.0

Best drive ever

This SUV is the best that I have ever owned and I owned two before. The comfort and looks this car provides is excellent in performance.

See all 6 consumer reviews

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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