2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Attention-getting styling
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • User-friendly navigation system

The Bad

  • Not offered in extended-length ESV form
  • Improved fuel economy might not wow buyers
  • Premium pricing
  • Small third row

Notable Features of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

  • Cadillac's first hybrid
  • Updated navigation system
  • 33% estimated improvement in city mpg
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • 5,800-pound towing capacity

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Cadillac's eight-seat Escalade Hybrid uses GM's 2-Mode Hybrid system to reduce fuel consumption yet retain the traditional capabilities of a full-size SUV. It's available in rear- or four-wheel-drive form, and its hybrid system works with a 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine. Primary competitors include the related Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid.

New for 2012
Apart from some enhancements to the navigation system and more anti-theft features, there are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The overall shape of the Escalade Hybrid differs little from its conventional counterpart, but Cadillac has added hybrid badges to the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate. With all that extra trim work, there won't be any question in the minds of passers-by as to what type of vehicle you're driving. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 22-inch chrome wheels
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional LED headlights
  • Optional power-retractable running boards
  • Standard rear parking sensors and backup camera

Interior
The cabin is largely the same as a regular Escalade's, but there are a few hybrid-specific features. The Escalade Hybrid's instrument cluster gains an additional gauge that monitors the efficiency of the vehicle, and the instrument panel gets some hybrid graphics, too. The standard navigation system screen can display a graphical representation of the hybrid system and its operatio...

Vehicle Overview

Cadillac's eight-seat Escalade Hybrid uses GM's 2-Mode Hybrid system to reduce fuel consumption yet retain the traditional capabilities of a full-size SUV. It's available in rear- or four-wheel-drive form, and its hybrid system works with a 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine. Primary competitors include the related Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid.

New for 2012
Apart from some enhancements to the navigation system and more anti-theft features, there are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The overall shape of the Escalade Hybrid differs little from its conventional counterpart, but Cadillac has added hybrid badges to the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate. With all that extra trim work, there won't be any question in the minds of passers-by as to what type of vehicle you're driving. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 22-inch chrome wheels
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional LED headlights
  • Optional power-retractable running boards
  • Standard rear parking sensors and backup camera

Interior
The cabin is largely the same as a regular Escalade's, but there are a few hybrid-specific features. The Escalade Hybrid's instrument cluster gains an additional gauge that monitors the efficiency of the vehicle, and the instrument panel gets some hybrid graphics, too. The standard navigation system screen can display a graphical representation of the hybrid system and its operation. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather interior
  • Three rows of seats accommodate up to eight
  • Standard power front seats
  • Standard heated and cooled front seats
  • Available heated second-row outboard seats
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Available moonroof
  • Available heated and cooled cupholders
  • Standard USB/iPod port

Under the Hood
The 2-Mode Hybrid system allows the Escalade Hybrid to accelerate from a stop and cruise at slow speeds on electric power alone. When more power is needed, the gas engine will kick on to provide supplementary power. Like most hybrids, the Escalade Hybrid captures energy during braking and stores it in the hybrid battery pack for later use. Free scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles is included. Mechanical features include:

  • 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Automatic transmission incorporates two electric motors
  • Standard Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shocks that GM says react to the road more quickly
  • 5,800-pound (2WD) or 5,600-pound (4WD) towing capacity

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with rollover-mitigation technology
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Three-row side curtain airbags



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Recalls

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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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