2011 Cadillac
Escalade ESV
vs. 2011 Nissan
Armada SV

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

10.0

starting from

$67,030

Reasons to buy the Cadillac Escalade ESV

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Ample cargo space
137.4 ft3
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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
2011 Nissan Armada SV

9.3

Runner-up

Nissan Armada SV

starting from

$39,465

Reasons to buy the Nissan Armada SV

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Very inexpensive
$39,465
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Better suspension
Independent
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CD changer
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
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  • Almost the same
  • The Escalade ESV 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Escalade ESV 's satellite radio; in the Armada SV, too, but it'll cost
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a good number of cupholders but the Armada SV is particularly good
  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have power outlets
Overall 10.0 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Escalade ESV ; the Armada SV only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Armada SV'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 Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Escalade ESV 's satellite radio; in the Armada SV, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Yes The Armada SV can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Escalade ESV has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available 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 Armada SV

Cost

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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MSRP $67,030 vs $39,465 The Armada SV has a great price, but the Escalade ESV is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 13 mpg The Escalade ESV has OK city mileage, while the Armada SV is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Escalade ESV 's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Armada SV is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Escalade ESV 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Armada SV is OK, too

Safety Features

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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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 OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 3 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 7.2 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 132 ft
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1/4 mile 15.4 s @ Unknown mph vs 15.8 s @ 88 mph The Escalade ESV 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Armada SV's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 107 mph vs Unknown

Performance

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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Horsepower 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 317 HP @ 5,200 RPM The Escalade ESV is fairly powerful, but the Armada SV is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Escalade ESV has an OK number of gears, while the Armada SV has very few
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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 14.3 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp The Escalade ESV is a sporty car, while the Armada SV is just average
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Drivetrain type two-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 39.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Escalade ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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Passengers 8 vs 8 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 137.4 ft3 vs 97.1 ft3 The Escalade ESV has lots of cargo room, and the Armada SV is OK, too
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front seats 64.0 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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Base payload capacity 1427 lb vs Unknown
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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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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Armada SV, but the Escalade ESV 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 10 vs 14 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Armada SV is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Escalade ESV vs Sequoia Limited
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2011 Nissan Armada SV 2011 Honda Pilot EX Armada SV vs Pilot EX
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2011 Nissan Armada SV 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT Armada SV vs Suburban 1500 LT
2011 Nissan Armada SV 2011 Infiniti QX56 Armada SV vs QX56
2011 Nissan Armada SV 2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited Armada SV vs Sequoia Limited

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