Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

Both the Escalade and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Escalade comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Tahoe’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Escalade’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Tahoe runs out after 100,000 miles.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Chevrolet doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tahoe.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The Escalade Hybrid’s standard 6.0 V8 hybrid produces 12 more horsepower (332 vs. 320) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (367 vs. 335) than the Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8. The Escalade’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 71 more horsepower (403 vs. 332) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (417 vs. 367) than the Tahoe Hybrid’s standard 6.0 V8 hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Cadillac Escalade V8 is faster than the Tahoe Hybrid 6.0 V8 hybrid:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

86 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escalade stops much shorter than the Tahoe:



70 to 0 MPH

187 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

181 feet

197 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escalade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tahoe’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tahoe.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Tahoe Hybrid 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escalade 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 (57.2 vs. 56.5 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escalade has .2 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Tahoe.

The front step up height for the Escalade is 1.6 inches lower than the Tahoe (20.2” vs. 21.8”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Tahoe, and is not available on all models.

The Escalade’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tahoe’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escalade detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tahoe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escalade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escalade with a number “3” insurance rate while the Tahoe is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade is less expensive to operate than the Tahoe because it costs $147 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escalade than the Tahoe, including $119 less for a starter, $200 less for fuel injection, $74 less for a fuel pump, $19 less for front struts and $246 less for a timing belt/chain.

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