2011 Cadillac
Escalade
vs. 2011 Nissan
Armada Platinum

2011 Nissan Armada Platinum

9.8

starting from

$54,765

Reasons to buy the Nissan Armada Platinum

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
10.4"
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good braking distance from 60mph
132 ft
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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
2011 Cadillac Escalade

9.2

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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.4
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum Winner: Armada Platinum
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  • The Armada Platinum's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Armada Platinum's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Armada Platinum's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
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 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 14 mpg vs 12 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum Winner: Armada Platinum
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Armada Platinum's standard sun roof
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have spacious front seats
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Number of speakers 11 vs 10 The Armada Platinum has more speakers and the Escalade is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Armada Platinum'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 Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Armada Platinum can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Armada Platinum has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Cost

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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MSRP $54,765 vs $64,405 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 mpg vs 14 mpg The Escalade has OK city mileage, while the Armada Platinum is very inefficient
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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 Armada Platinum 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 Armada Platinum is OK, too

Luxury Features

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Armada Platinum's standard 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
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 None vs OnStar

Practicality

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Passengers 8 vs 8 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 97.1 ft3 vs 108.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 64.5 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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Base payload capacity 1459 lb vs 1612 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 Armada Platinum's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Escalade
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 14 vs 7 The Armada Platinum 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

Road Tests

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

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
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 Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

Nissan
Armada Platinum
2011 Nissan Armada Platinum
2011 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac
Escalade
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Horsepower 317 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Escalade is fairly powerful, but the Armada Platinum is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Escalade has an OK number of gears, while the Armada Platinum 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 18.4 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp The Escalade is a sporty car, while the Armada Platinum is just average
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Armada Platinum will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the Escalade
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 39.0 ft

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