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2011 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Platinum Hybrid Review

An Agreeable Amalgam

A three-quarter front view of a red 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

In short: A powerful and fuel-efficient full-sized luxury SUV.

he 2011 Escalade Hybrid, available with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, offers all the comfort, styling and heft of a full-size SUV but without the guilt-inducing fuel economy. This luxury sport utility incorporates a two-mode hybrid system that boosts its fuel efficiency rating up to 23 mpg on the highway. Powering the car is an efficient 6.0-liter V8 gas engine that automatically shuts off when the car is at rest and a 300-volt NiMH battery that powers the SUV in slow traffic situations. Blended regenerative brakes store the Escalade’s kinetic energy in the battery pack, which is inconspicuously located under the second-row seats.

While this vehicle tips scales at nearly three tons, it stays steady on its feet with all-speed traction control and an electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation. Unsurprisingly, given its outsized dimensions and equally large price tag, the Escalade Hybrid displays a capacious leather-appointed indoors, able to fit up to eight passengers comfortably, and with the second row folded and the third row removed, provide 108.9 cubic feet of space. An ultrasonic rear parking assist, DVD navigation system, rearview camera, power sunroof and liftgate, and heated and cooled front seats are all standard.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 8-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile 24/7 roadside assistance and courtesy transportation.

Base Price: $88,140 / As tested: $89,090

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 8-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with VVT and Active Fuel Management
Horsepower: 332 hp @ 5,100 rpm; 300-volt NiMH battery
Torque: 367 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: electrically variable 2-mode transmission with 4 fixed gears

Curb weight:
5,879 lbs
Wheelbase: 116 in
Length/Width/Height: 202.5/79/75.9 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

all-wheel power-assisted disc with fully blended regenerative braking control and ABS
Suspension: independent coil-over-shock in front; five-link with coil springs in rear
Traction: all-speed traction control; electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation

0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds

EPA City: 20 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

Safety: ultrasonic rear parking assist; side blind zone alert; dual-stage front seat airbags with automatic occupant sensing system; head curtain side airbags with rollover protection for all passenger rows; OnStar; rearview camera; tire pressure monitoring system.

Likes: big

Dislikes: big

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