The 2011 Cadillac Escalade (and its extended-length sibling, the Escalade ESV) received one of the top Total Car Scores in the Luxury SUV and Crossover segment, as reviewers found a lot to like about Cadillac’s big, bold SUV.
Its extroverted nature and brash styling, in fact, were cited by more than one reviewer as part of its charm. Some tangible elements got praise, too, including the Escalade’s plush ride comfort, powerful engine and high tow capacity.
Some complained about the lack of room in the third-row seat, though the ESV model addresses that issue with its added length and legroom.
First introduced in 1999, the Escalade went through a major revision four years ago. The few upgrades for 2011 include a new generation of OnStar, new navigation radio features, a quieter cabin, and new exterior colors: Carbon Flash Metallic and limited-time “promotional” colors Evolution Green Metallic and Blue Frost.
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade is offered in two distinct body styles, the Escalade and the extended-length Escalade ESV, which is nearly two feet longer overall than the standard model. Both seat up to eight passengers, though the ESV offers more passenger room (especially in the third row) and more cargo space.
A premium trim level, called Platinum, is available for both models and adds LED headlamps, Magnetic Ride Control suspension components, 22-inch wheels, and upscale interior appointments.
All Escalades are powered by a 6.2-liter, 403-horsepower V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Escalade, and all-wheel drive is optional.
Properly equipped, the Escalade can tow up to 8,300 pounds; the tow rating drops to 8,000 pounds for ESV models.
Fuel economy is nearly identical for all Escalades: 14 mpg city/18 highway/16 combined for 2WD models, 13 mpg city/18 highway/15 combined with AWD.
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