2011 Cadillac
Escalade
vs. 2011 Nissan
Armada SV

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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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Nissan Armada SV

9.6

Runner-up

Nissan Armada SV

starting from

$39,465

Reasons to buy the Nissan Armada SV

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Power outlets
Standard
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Good braking distance from 60mph
132 ft
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.8"
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Has auxiliary audio input
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Leather comes standard on the Escalade ; the Armada SV only offers cloth seats
Entertainment System 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Armada SV Winner: Armada SV
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  • The Armada SV's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Armada SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Escalade
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 14 mpg vs 13 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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 spacious front seats
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
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 ; the Armada SV only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
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 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 '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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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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 ; no amount of money can buy it on the Armada SV

Cost

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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MSRP $64,405 vs $39,465 The Armada SV has a great price, but the Escalade is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 13 mpg The Escalade 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 '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 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Armada SV is OK, too

Safety Features

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
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

Road Tests

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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0-60 mph 7.5 seconds vs 7.2 seconds The Armada SV has a good 0-60 time, but the Escalade is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 158 ft vs 132 ft The Armada SV has above average braking ability, but the Escalade is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 15.8 s @ 88 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

Crash Test Ratings

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
2011 Nissan Armada SV Nissan
Armada SV
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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 Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
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 is fairly powerful, but the Armada SV is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Escalade 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 13.6 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp The Escalade 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

Cadillac
Escalade
2011 Cadillac Escalade
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 108.9 ft3 vs 97.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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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 1612 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 Not Available vs Standard The Armada SV's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Escalade
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Armada SV, but the Escalade 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 7 vs 14 The Armada SV has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 5 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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