2011 Cadillac
Escalade ESV
vs. 2011 Honda
Odyssey EX

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

9.8

starting from

$67,030

Reasons to buy the Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Quite powerful
403 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Entertainment system
Standard
2011 Honda Odyssey EX

9.6

Runner-up

Honda Odyssey EX

starting from

$32,035
"Readily adaptable to cargos."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's storage
"Onboard entertainment systems are attractive."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's stereo

Reasons to buy the Honda Odyssey EX

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Better suspension
Independent
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Very inexpensive
$32,035
Luxury Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Winner: Escalade ESV
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  • Leather comes standard on the Escalade ESV ; the Odyssey EX only offers cloth seats
Cost 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The best price we've seen is $34,995 cheaper (2.1x less), $32,035 vs $67,030
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 14 mpg
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Winner: Escalade ESV
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  • You won't find this in the Odyssey EX, but the Escalade ESV 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Escalade ESV 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Odyssey EX cannot be configured with them at any price
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 64.0 ft3 vs 60.5 ft3
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Winner: Escalade ESV
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  • More than 60% more powerful, 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM
  • The Escalade ESV 's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 17.8 lb/hp
  • The Escalade ESV has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Odyssey EX's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Escalade ESV ; the Odyssey EX only offers cloth seats

Cost

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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MSRP $32,035 vs $67,030 The Odyssey EX has a reasonable price, while the Escalade ESV is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 14 mpg The Odyssey EX has OK city mileage, while the Escalade ESV is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Escalade ESV 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Odyssey EX's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Escalade ESV 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Odyssey EX's is very short

Practicality

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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Passengers 8 vs 8 People mover
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Highway driving range 567 miles vs 558 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 137.4 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 60.5 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Escalade ESV 's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Odyssey EX cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the Odyssey EX, but the Escalade ESV 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 15 vs 10 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Odyssey EX is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Escalade ESV is very powerful, while the Odyssey EX is only of average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp The Escalade ESV is a sporty car, while the Odyssey EX is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The Escalade ESV has more speakers and the Odyssey EX is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Odyssey EX's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Escalade ESV does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Escalade ESV 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Odyssey EX can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The Escalade ESV has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Escalade ESV ; no amount of money can buy it on the Odyssey EX

Safety Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Road Tests

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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0-60 mph 8.7 seconds vs 6.7 seconds The Escalade ESV has a good 0-60 time, but the Odyssey EX is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 87 mph vs 15.4 s @ Unknown mph The Escalade ESV 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Odyssey EX's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 107 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Cadillac
Escalade ESV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

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