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2011 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, Changes for 2011 are mostly minor, with some of the largest updates coming to the navigation and entertainment system, which now offers USB, Compact Flash and Auxiliary Input jacks. Two new paint colors are also offered, along with some minor updates to the OnStar hardware. The 2011 Cadillac Escalade is the most brazen and biggest SUV and continues to lead the pack in the SUV market. Four years ago, the Escalade was redesigned and the vehicle serves as a status symbol for the wealthy.

The Escalade is offered with three rows inside its interior allowing for seating for eight passengers. There are several body styles too. The Escalade is offered with a short-bed truck body or with an SUV body with an extended wheelbase. The list of luxury features is generous and it hosts advanced gadgetry, but it lacks features that are common for vehicle in this class including side curtain airbags and adaptive cruise control.

The Escalade has active-fuel-management technologies supplied by GM, thus, it offers enhanced fuel-economy. The latter feature controls the V-8 cylinders in the engine, causing them to shut down when they are unnecessary. The hybrid Escalade is the only full-size SUV in its luxury class and it offers greater fuel-efficiency than non-hybrid variants. Still, a $10,000.00 premium takes more than 10 years to regain one’s initial investment from fuel savings.

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade remains visually unchanged from its 2007 redesign. Heavy use of chrome brightwork is attention grabbing and assures that the Escalade stands out in a crowd. The Escalade carries a laundry list of standard luxury features including automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth and heated leather seats. Options include an electronically variable suspension and rear-seat entertainment system.

Performance can be hard to come by in a vehicle weighing in the neighborhood of 6000 pounds, but the Cadillac Escalade’s 403 horsepower V-8 handles the weight well with 417 pound-feet of torque on tap. So too does the Hybrid’s 2 Mode system, which combines a 332-horsepower V-8 with two electric motors for 379 total horsepower. The Hybrid setup significantly improves the Escalade’s city fuel economy. Optional all-wheel drive improves grip in inclement weather. Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags front and rear for 2010. OnStar Automatic Crash Response is also standard, along with electronic safety devices including traction control and stability control.

Bodystyles: SUV, Truck
Engines: 6.2L V-8, 6.0L V-8 with two electric motors
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic,
Models: Base, Luxury, Premium, Platinum, ESV, EXT

EPA Fuel Economy
2WD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
AWD: 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Hybrid: 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Price : $69,570 – $88,435

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