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2012 Cadillac Escalade

Posted: 02/02/2012 - 9:57 PM ET

Starting at $63,170 MSRP and going up to $82,775, potential consumers need to be aware that a 2012 Cadillac Escalade is not going to be cheap – either off the lot or at the pump. However, if you’re looking at buying an Escalade, you probably aren’t too concerned with finances. As we all know, the Escalade has maintained a reputation for sheer style, luxury and comfort, since it’s induction to the Cadillac line in 1999. This year’s Escalade is available in 8 sharp and stunning colors, ranging from White Diamond Tri-Coat, to Black Ice Metallic.

With it’s innumerable amount of luxurious features and specs, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade has set the standard for which all other luxury/performance SUVs will be measured. Complete with innovative sound insulation, the 2012 Escalade is one of the quietest rides in its class. The interior is designed with artsy “brushed aluminum accents” and the seats are of course, leather. The seats are also 14-way power adjusted and the leather is made up of French-stitched seams. The manufacturer claims that the Escalade can “fit up to 8 adults comfortably,” but multiple reviewers have said that the third row lacks legroom and must be removed if adequate cargo space is to be had. The Bose sound system, complete with 10 speakers will have the riders enjoying high-quality music, wherever their travels may take them. Amazingly, the Escalade also comes with an upgrade option for a heated steering wheel. It seems the engineers at Cadillac didn’t leave anything out.

Under the hood, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade boasts an impressive 6.2-liter V8 engine with 403 horsepower and the capability to go from a standstill to 60 MPH in just 6.8 seconds. This not only beats most SUVs in its class, but also beats many sedans and coupes. It also has a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds, so this luxury SUV can also get down and dirty, when it comes to hauling large loads, boats, trailers, etc. The Escalade also comes equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, which provides consumers with the smoothest ride possible, due to an advanced and innovative suspension system. This SUV is also available in an all-wheel drive model, which would be more suited to off-road conditions.

Cadillac also provides consumers with peace of mind, with a 5-year or 100,000 mile Power Train warranty. This coverage is 30,000 miles more than Lexus and 50,000 more than either BMW or Mercedes-Benz provide. Cadillac Shield also provides the utmost coverage and assistance, like the Premium Care Maintenance that covers required maintenance on the vehicle for the first 4 years, or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Unlike most companies, who provide free OnStar for 3 or 6 months, Cadillac provides free OnStar for the first 12 months of ownership, ensuring that your safety will be a top priority in the even of a collision. Not only that, but OnStar also will provide turn-by-turn GPS navigation, with the push of a button.

So when it comes down to it, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade may not be the most functional car financially, but it sure comes chock-full of luxury, comfort and power. Enough of us telling you about it, test drive one for yourself today and make your own decision.

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