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2002 Acura CL vs. 2012 Cadillac Escalade

To start off, 2012 Cadillac Escalade is newer by 10 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 Acura CL. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 Acura CL would be higher. At 6,200 cc (8 cylinders), 2012 Cadillac Escalade is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Cadillac Escalade (403 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 143 more horse power than 2002 Acura CL. (260 HP @ 6900 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Cadillac Escalade should accelerate faster than 2002 Acura CL. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Cadillac Escalade weights approximately 1039 kg more than 2002 Acura CL. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2012 Cadillac Escalade is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2012 Cadillac Escalade. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2002 Acura CL, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2012 Cadillac Escalade (565 Nm @ 4300 RPM) has 250 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 Acura CL. (315 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2012 Cadillac Escalade will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 Acura CL.

Compare all specifications:

2002 Acura CL 2012 Cadillac Escalade
Make Acura Cadillac
Model CL Escalade
Year Released 2002 2012
Body Type Coupe SUV
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3210 cc 6200 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 260 HP 403 HP
Engine RPM 6900 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 315 Nm 565 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 4300 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Flex Fuel
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 7 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1580 kg 2619 kg
Vehicle Length 4880 mm 5662 mm
Vehicle Width 1800 mm 2009 mm
Vehicle Height 1420 mm 1857 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 3302 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L 117 L


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