2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Configurable cargo bed
  • Luxury equipment
  • Powerful engine

The Bad

  • Ungainly dimensions
  • Extending cargo box exposes occupants to elements

Notable Features of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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

2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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
  • Standa...
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

 


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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

BEST VEHICLE I'VE EVER OWNED!

by Hutch from Kansas City, Missouri on May 4, 2018

This is without a doubt the best vehicle I have EVER owned! The Escalade EXT is sheer class, elegance, and comfort combined with absolute power and performance. Read full review

(5.0)

Wonderful! Loved my Escalade!!!

by Bev's Favorite-Caddy from Peebles, Ohio on October 28, 2017

This vehicle met all my needs! Owned and drove this vehicle for 7 years and purchased another! But now own a 2016 CTS Caddy! Love it! Can't beat a Cadillac best vehicles ever! I have earned (7) and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT has not been tested.

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 EXT 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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