Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover RANGE ROVER VS 2012 Cadillac Escalade Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Land Rover RANGE ROVER

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2012 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

The Range Rover has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Range Rover offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Escalade doesn't offer a collision warning system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover. But it costs extra on the Escalade.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escalade only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover and the Escalade 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Range Rover have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Escalade.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover has a standard 850 amp battery. The Escalade’s 600 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 43 more horsepower (375 vs. 332) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 vs. 367) than the Escalade Hybrid’s standard 6.0 V8 hybrid. The Range Rover Supercharged’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 107 more horsepower (510 vs. 403) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 417) than the Escalade’s standard 6.2 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover Supercharged is faster than the Cadillac Escalade V8:

Range Rover


Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.6 sec

18.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

135 MPH

107 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Range Rover’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Escalade:


Range Rover 5.0 DOHC V8

3500 RPM

Range Rover Supercharged 5.0 V8

2500 RPM

Escalade Hybrid 6.0 V8 hybrid

4100 RPM

Escalade 6.2 V8

4300 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Range Rover has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 25 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade’s standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 26 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Range Rover’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:

Range Rover HSE

Range Rover Supercharged


Front Rotors

14.1 inches

15 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.9 inches

14.4 inches

13.5 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Range Rover has standard Emergency Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Escalade doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the Escalade:

Range Rover


70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Range Rover’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 18 inch wheels are standard on the Escalade.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Range Rover has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Escalade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Escalade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Range Rover HSE goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 1.3 MPH faster than the Escalade 4x4 (58.4 vs. 57.1 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (11 vs. 9 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Range Rover is 6.7 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Range Rover easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Escalade doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Range Rover has 1.4 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Escalade.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Escalade, the Range Rover offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’s front and rear power windows all 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 Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Range Rover the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Escalade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Passive Keyless Entry standard on the Range Rover allows the driver to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Cadillac Escalade doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Range Rover has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Escalade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Range Rover’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Escalade’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Range Rover to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Escalade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Range Rover offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Escalade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Escalade doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Range Rover’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Escalade doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Escalade doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the Escalade because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the Escalade, including $247 less for a water pump, $229 less for an alternator, $178 less for a starter, $233 less for front struts and $408 less for a timing belt/chain.

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