Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV


$22,000 - $29,977
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

2012 Highlights

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV gets minor enhancements to its navigation system.


Pros

  • Simultaneous cargo- and people-carrying ability
  • unique visual presence
  • long list of standard features
  • gutsy V8
  • composed ride.

Cons

  • Awkward to maneuver in tight spaces
  • non-foldaway third-row seat
  • lackluster braking
  • poor fuel economy.

Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV for Sale

Cadillac Escalade ESV 2012 Premium 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A) Black Ice Metallic Ebony w/Ebony Accents leather115,284 miles
Used 2012Cadillac Escalade ESVPremium
List:$22,000
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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Cadillac Escalade ESV 2012 Platinum Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) White Diamond Tricoat Ebony w/Ebony Accents premium leather96,689 miles
Used 2012Cadillac Escalade ESVPlatinum Edition
List:$29,977
Est.Loan: $546/mo
Lux Auto
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Cadillac Escalade ESV 2012 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) Radiant Silver Metallic Ebony w/Ebony Accents leather106,164 miles
Used 2012Cadillac Escalade ESVPremium
List:$24,997
Est.Loan: $455/mo
Car Web(5)
47 mi away
Mocha Steel Metallic Cashmere w/Cocoa Accents leather64,349 miles
Used 2012Cadillac Escalade ESVLuxury
List:$29,000
Est.Loan: $528/mo

Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the odds-on favorite for luxury shoppers who need an extra-large SUV to simultaneously accommodate lots of people and cargo, and maybe tow a boat while they're at it.

vehicle overview

There are big SUVs, and then there's the 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV. There are luxury SUVs, and then there's the Escalade ESV. Even if you can buy something more practical or more luxurious, it would be impossible to perfectly match this extended-wheelbase Escalade's ability to carry and coddle eight passengers while simultaneously hauling their luggage and towing a boat for good measure.

Whereas the regular Escalade makes little rational sense compared to more modern, less cumbersome competitors, the ESV's extra third-row seat space and cargo capacity make it stand out above almost everything else. If you have a bunch of kids and need to lug around the immense amount of stuff that comes along with them, a big SUV like the ESV is almost a necessity.

Inevitably, you need to ask this question before buying an Escalade ESV: Do I really need all this space? If the answer is yes, and you furthermore want the added luxury Cadillac provides over a Suburban, then it's a no-brainer. The Lincoln Navigator benefits from a fold-flat third row seat, but it's underpowered and its interior design is dated. However, if you'll rarely need the Escalade's people- and stuff-carrying abilities simultaneously, you'd be better off spending your money on one of those more modern, less cumbersome luxury SUVs like the Infiniti QX and Mercedes GL-Class.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the extended-wheelbase version of the regular Escalade, or put another way, the Cadillac version of the Chevy Suburban. Available trim levels are base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum Edition. The ESV seats seven people with the standard second-row captain's chairs, while an optional second-row bench available on all but the Platinum ups capacity to eight.

Standard equipment on the base Escalade includes 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, rear parking sensors, power-folding and heated mirrors with driver auto-dimming, a roof rack, automatic xenon headlights, foglamps, a power liftgate, running boards, remote ignition and keyless ignition/entry. Inside you get tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt-only steering wheel, heated second-row seats (both captain's chairs and optional bench) and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Electronic features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, a navigation system, real-time traffic, voice controls and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, iPod/USB audio interface, rear seat controls and two wireless headphones.

The Luxury adds 22-inch wheels, an upgraded magnetic automatically adaptive suspension, automatic high beams, a blind-spot warning system, a sunroof, a power-folding and -tumbling second row and a heated steering wheel. Power-retracting running boards and a rear seat entertainment system are optional on the Luxury and included on the Premium, which further adds unique exterior trim and special 22-inch wheels. LED headlights are optional on the Premium and standard on the Platinum Edition, which further adds its own unique exterior trim, 22-inch chrome wheels, leather-trimmed dash and door tops, contrasting stitching, heated and cooled cupholders, upgraded leather upholstery and unique interior color choices. The Platinum's entertainment system also gets dual display screens mounted in the front headrests.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

Accelerating from zero to 60 mph should take a bit more than 7 seconds, which is pretty quick for such a large SUV. Estimated EPA fuel economy is about what you'd expect from a big truck: 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined for RWD models; AWD versions are a bit thirstier at 13/18/14. When properly equipped, the rear-drive ESV can tow 8,000 pounds. The all-wheel-drive version is 7,700 pounds.

safety

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV includes standard antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and OnStar emergency communications. All ESV trim levels except the base model also feature a blind-spot warning system.

In Edmunds brake testing with the regular Escalade, we found that stopping distances were excessive, so it's likely that the larger, heavier ESV will fare even worse.

driving

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a massive vehicle, so the laws of physics are always apparent -- especially while braking. Maneuvering in tight spots can require extra caution and planning as well. That said, the ESV's powerful V8 delivers surprisingly quick acceleration, and its adaptable suspensions are well-mannered and calibrated to strike a satisfying balance between a smooth, comfortable ride and decent handling. Road impacts are noticeably harsher with the larger 22-inch wheels, however.

interior

The Escalade's cabin, highlighted by supple leather upholstery and attractive faux-wood and alloy trim, looks and feels more luxurious than what you'd find in a Suburban. The gauges and controls are well placed and intuitive in their operation, and even the base Escalade is crammed full of luxurious features to keep you and your passengers comfortably entertained.

The Escalade ESV can accommodate seven or eight occupants, depending on the second-row configuration of either bucket seats or optional bench seating. A power fold-and-flip feature for the second-row seats eases access to the third row. Unfortunately, a more convenient foldaway third-row seat isn't available, so owners must remove and store the heavy and cumbersome 50/50 seat sections in order to boost rear cargo capacity. Still, with all seats in place, there's still 46 cubic feet of room for groceries, luggage or pets. Only Ford and Lincoln's extended-wheelbase SUVs and the Escalade's Suburban/Yukon XL relatives can match that ability to carry people and stuff simultaneously. With the rear seat sections folded and removed, the Cadillac Escalade ESV offers a cavernous, class-leading 137 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

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Features & Specs

Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)Premium 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)Platinum Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)Premium 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A)Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A)Platinum Edition 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A)4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A)4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)
MPG1414141616161614
Seating77777777
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelflex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)flex-fuel (FFV)
Horsepower403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm403 hp @ 5700 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Rollover3/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover23.7%

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Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Overview

The Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV is offered in the following styles: Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Platinum Edition 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Platinum Edition 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A), 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 6A), and 4dr SUV AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV?

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Premium is priced between $22,000 and $24,997 with odometer readings between 106164 and 115284 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Luxury is priced between $29,000 and $29,000 with odometer readings between 64349 and 64349 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Platinum Edition is priced between $29,977 and $29,977 with odometer readings between 96689 and 96689 miles.

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