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2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

Reviewers said the 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT has a luxurious interior and a powerful V8, but it can be cumbersome to maneuver.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Composed ride
  • Numerous standard features
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Hard to maneuver
  • Low tow rating for a full-size truck

New for 2012

  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Hard to maneuver
  • Low tow rating for a full-size truck




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

The 2012 Escalade EXT has one of the most powerful standard V8 engines in the class, and auto journalists said there is more than enough power for all driving situations. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The Escalade EXT returns 13/18 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, which is a bit low for the class. When it was new, critics said the Escalade EXT offers composed handling and a compliant ride for a truck, but some felt that its large size and heft is a hindrance to close-quarter maneuvering and overall agility. Many full-size trucks have higher tow ratings than the 2012 Escalade EXT, which can tow up to 7,600 pounds when properly equipped.

Some reviewers were impressed with the Cadillac Escalade EXT's luxurious cabin and first-rate materials, but a few commented that the design isn't especially modern. With its crew cab configuration and seating for five, reviewers said the cabin offers plenty of space and comfort in both rows. Unlike most trucks, the Escalade EXT features a folding midgate that allows for the bed to be extended into the rear of the cab, effectively adding to usable bed space. Standard features on the 2012 Escalade EXT include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker Bose stereo system and a USB port. Available features include a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system and power running boards.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche shares the Escalade EXT's general body style and folding midgate, and it gets better fuel economy. Test drivers liked the Avalanche's spacious, comfortable cabin.

Reviewers liked that the 2012 Ram 1500 offers one of the most car-like rides in the segment, thanks to its unique rear suspension design. Additionally, auto journalists said the Ram 1500 has a high-quality interior and they liked the ample power provided by its available 5.7-liter V8 engine.

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