A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Cadillac Escalade

When you’ve said “Cadillac Escalade”, you’ve pretty much said it all. The Escalade has been synonymous with luxury since it first hit the scene in 1999. With the 2012 edition, Cadillac proved nothing has changed. If you want to ride in the utmost comfort while enjoying plenty of power under the hood, this is a full-size SUV worth considering.

Key Features

The second row on the 2012 Escalade folds down with ease, so passengers have an easy time getting to the one behind it. This is a welcomed changed to how difficult it usually is to get to the third row in most large SUVs.

You’ll also find that the interior is about as quiet as a commercial vehicle can be. Sound-deadening materials were used throughout the inside of this Escalade making it almost possible to hear a pin drop.

Changes for 2012

Cadillac added a few updates to the 2012 Escalade including two new color options (Crystal Red Tintcoat and Radiant Silver Metallic). The center console has also received a brand new design and the navigation system that is included in some models got improved.

What We Like

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade is absolutely huge, but the ride couldn’t be smoother or more comfortable. All the electronic controls, suspension and stability devices work hard to let the V8 do its thing without disturbing the people inside.

What Concerns Us

Before purchasing an Escalade, try parking it first. You’ll get better with practice, but a lot of people won’t want to put in the time.

Available Models

There are three main models to choose from: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Edition. All will give you roughly 14 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway.

With the Luxury model, you’ll get Bluetooth functionality and parking assistance. The Premium version has AWD and a center console navigation system. Finally, the Platinum Escalade comes with heated seats and USB ports throughout.

Major Recalls

On 12/30/2014, Cadillac issued a recall for the 2012 Escalade citing that its ignition lock actuator could get stuck, which would make it difficult to turn the key. As a result, the ignition would become stuck at “Start” or snap to “Accessory.” If the latter happened while the car was moving, the steering and/or brakes would fail.

Common Issues

The gas mileage isn’t great and many people simply can’t adjust to how big this vehicle is.

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