Cadillac Escalade/ESV

BASE PRICE RANGE: $64,110-$89,090
BODY TYPE: Full-size/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: Mostly minor changes, with some of the largest updates coming to the navigation and entertainment system, which now offers USB, compact flash, and auxiliary input jacks. Two new paint colors are also offered, along with some minor updates to the OnStar hardware. Visually, the Escalade remains unchanged from its 2007 redesign.

COOL FACT: The Escalade Platinum has LED headlights, and two 7-in. DVD screens integrated into the backs of the front seats.

SUM UP: Still the ultimate status symbol.
RATING: ****

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2011 Cadillac Escalade/ESV
Base Engine 6.2L/403-hp OHV V-8
Optional Engine 6.0L OHV V-8 + elec motors/332-hp
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A/CVT
0-60 MPH 6.4-8.1 sec
Tow/Payload 5600-8300/850-1600 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 13-20/18-23 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6