2011 Cadillac
Escalade
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LS

2011 Cadillac Escalade

9.8

starting from

$64,405

Reasons to buy the Cadillac Escalade

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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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Sporty performance
13.6 lb/hp
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

9.6

Runner-up

Chevrolet Tahoe LS

starting from

$38,930

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LS

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Power outlets
Standard
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Very inexpensive
$38,930
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
144 ft
Luxury Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • The Escalade 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.6 lb/hp vs 17.6 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Winner: Tahoe LS
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  • The Tahoe LS's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Tahoe LS's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Winner: Tahoe LS
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  • Almost the same
  • The Tahoe LS has 1 more cupholder, 8 vs 7
  • The Tahoe LS can carry more than 10% more weight, 1,774 lb vs 1,612 lb
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Winner: Tahoe LS
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  • The best price we've seen is $25,475 cheaper (around 40% less), $38,930 vs $64,405
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 14 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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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 ; the Tahoe LS only offers cloth seats

Performance

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Escalade is fairly powerful, but the Tahoe LS is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 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 17.6 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp The Escalade is a sporty car, while the Tahoe LS 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 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The Escalade has an OK number of speakers, while the Tahoe LS has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Tahoe LS's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Escalade 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 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Tahoe LS can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Tahoe LS

Practicality

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Passengers 8 vs 8 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 108.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,774 lb vs 1,612 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Not Available The Tahoe LS's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Escalade
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Escalade 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Tahoe LS
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Cupholders 8 vs 7 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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MSRP $38,930 vs $64,405 The Tahoe LS has a great price, but the Escalade is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 14 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Escalade 's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Tahoe LS is OK, too
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Escalade 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Tahoe LS is OK, too

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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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 OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Tahoe LS
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs 7.5 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs 158 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Infiniti QX56 Escalade vs QX56
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2011 Cadillac Escalade 2012 BMW X6 M Escalade vs X6 M
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Tahoe LTZ vs Durango Citadel
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Tahoe LTZ vs Traverse LT
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Tahoe LTZ vs Grand Caravan Cargo
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 GMC Yukon Denali Tahoe LTZ vs Yukon Denali
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Tahoe LT vs Explorer Limited

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Jacqueline Haskins (6:52 AM, June 15, 2015)
Over all the I would recommend the Tahoe. Better deal all around.