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2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Review

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is the one of the most fuel-efficient 2011 large SUVs available. However, it might cost more than a gas-only 2011 Escalade, negating the money you’ll save at the pump.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for a large SUV
  • Luxurious interior with a long list of standard features
  • Good safety scores
  • Cumbersome third row doesn’t fold flat




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Overview

When it was new, critics liked the 2011 Escalade Hybrid’s superior gas mileage over other luxury large SUVs. The Escalade Hybrid was generally liked, but more so for its traditional Escalade style and luxury than its superior gas mileage.

The Escalade Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 and a pair of electric motors, and its powertrain is shared with the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid. With either standard rear- or available four-wheel drive, the Escalade Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 23/20 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a large SUV. Some reviewers noted that the transition between the electric motors and gas engine could have been more seamless, and that the regenerative brakes weren’t all that smooth. Towing capacity, at 5,800 pounds, is less than that of the gas-only Escalade, but still better than other 2011 hybrid SUVs.

Reviewers liked the Escalade Hybrid’s familiar and luxurious interior, noting that the standard leather seats were comfortable, at least in the first two rows. However, most noted that the third row felt cramped. Many also complained that in order to make the most of the Escalade Hybrid’s maximum 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space, the third-row seats must be removed. They partially fold and tumble forward, but the flat-folding variety offered by some competitors is preferred. Other standard equipment includes heated and cooled front seats, a rearview camera, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth and navigation. The Platinum trim adds unique interior and exterior enhancements, 22-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension. The Escalade Hybrid has been around since 2009, so you may save money by opting for an older model.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Escalade Hybrid, you should consider the gas-only 2011 Cadillac Escalade as well. While it doesn’t get gas mileage that’s as good as its hybrid relative, the non-hybrid Escalade can tow more than the hybrid version and it doesn’t have the finicky regenerative brakes or rough transition between gas and electric propulsion.

Another alternative to consider is the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL. Though it isn’t available with a hybrid powertrain, it comes standard with a diesel engine good for 17/21 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. The GL also comes with lots of luxury features expected of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, and can tow a bit more than the Escalade Hybrid.

Compare the Escalade Hybrid to the Escalade and GL »

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