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The Escalade Hybrid is noted for its high fuel economy (relative to its class), strong acceleration and bold styling. Reviewers were also impressed with its luxurious interior, generous standard features and 8-passenger capacity.
However, the primary criticism for the Escalade Hybrid is that its fuel savings is not worth its premium in price. Other minuses include mediocre braking, a rough ride due to its standard 22-inch wheel-and-tire package and a third-row seat with no power folding feature. Also, third row legroom is impeded by the under-floor hybrid battery.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is based on the third generation of the Cadillac Escalade. For 2012, the Escalade Hybrid remains virtually unchanged.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a seven- or eight-passenger gas-electric SUV offered in two trim levels: Base and Platinum.
The Base trim’s standard equipment includes 22-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, a power liftgate, a roof rack, a sunroof and rear parking sensors. Within, the base Escalade Hybrid brings push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and cooled 10-way power-adjustable front seats and power-adjustable pedals. Standard technology features include a back-up camera system, Bluetooth, voice-controlled navigation, a premium 10-speaker audio system, USB connectivity and a single-screen rear DVD system.
The Platinum Edition brings power-retractable running boards, heated and cooled cupholders, unique interior wood trim and a twin-screen setup for the rear DVD system.
Standard safety features include ABS, stability control, traction control, six airbags, OnStar emergency telematics and a blind spot warning system. The 2012 Cadillac Escalade earned above-average crash-test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The rear- or all-wheel-drive Escalade Hybrid gets its power from a 332-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 and a pair of 60-watt electric motors tied to a battery. The entire gas-electric system is managed by GM’s unique “Two-Mode” automatic transmission. Total output is 379 horsepower.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined in both rear- and all-wheel-drive.
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