Cadillac Escalade EXT: Review

There are many vehicles worth mentioning that went out from production but one rare machine which had left a mark in automobile industry is Cadillac Escalade EXT. This model which can be defined as fusion of SUV and pickup truck was classified as a full-size luxury pickup truck but it actually was designed with the intent to deliver the comfort of SUV and truck’s capability. The production of this model started in the 2003 and it was discontinued after the 2013 model year. It was launched alongside with Chevrolet Avalanche as direct rival to Lincoln Blackwood other pickup truck which was based on the popular Ford’s F-150. All EXTs models were produced in Mexico and were sold in the Canada, Mexico, Middle East and in the US.

The model has truck bed which can be transformed into truck’s cab trough the mid-gate that is positioned behind the rear seats. The Ext also possess luxury appointed interior, powerful V-8 engine, quiet cabin and strong appearance. However, it doesn’t allow towing capacity as conventional pickups, it can be awkward in parking lots and in tight spaces and engine is big consumer. But for those who put style in front of the utility the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT was and can even now be good solution.

Cadillac Escalade EXT

Cadillac Escalade EXT: Performance

Under the hood of all Cadillac Escalade EXT models is powerful 6.2 liter V-8 engine which is capable to produce 403 HP at 5,700 rpm and torque of 417 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm. This engine uses active fuel management system which in order to save fuel can shot down half of cylinders under the light loads. It also can go on ethanol/gasoline mix. Engine is combined with a 6-speeed automatic transmission and all EXTs are with full-time four-wheel drive and all models include rear differential lock. Transmission shifts smoothly except under full throttle and up-shift is quick and precise. Considering its weight it has brisk acceleration and reaches 60 mph in 7 seconds. The fuel economy, however, isn’t its good side and EPA rating are 13 mpg in city, 18 mpg in highway drive while on combined cycle it returns 14 mpg. On the other hand when properly equipped the model can tow up to 7,600 pounds while peak payload capacity is 1240 pounds.

While on the road, Ext manages to deliver confident handling and stability considering its large proportions. The engine is strong and provides brisk acceleration while thanks to the adaptive suspension the ride is balanced and smooth and comfortable despite this model is based on body-on-frame construction. As for steering, it is reasonably light and precise but because of large dimensions and limited visibility it can be cumbersome when parking or maneuvering in thigh spaces especially for starters.

Exterior and Interior

The Cadillac Escalade EXT has chunky, sharp edged appearance which wears some distinctive Cadillac’s features. The font side is defined with large signature grille which is adorned with chrome inserts. On the each side of the grille are situated three-element headlights and bellow is nicely integrated bumper which houses fog lights. The profile side features smoothly sculpted lines and as it is the case with the front side there is ample brightwork on door handles, side moldings, side mirrors and on fenders’ air ports. The rear side includes classic, vertical taillights and in the middle of the tailgate is large Cadillac’s badge. The model rides on 130 inches long wheelbase and has 222 inches in length and width is 79.1 inches. Its height is 74.5 inches and ground clearance measures 9.2 inches.

Interior of this luxury oriented pickup truck is comfortable and materials, design and features are up scale for that model year. A mix of leather upholstery and wood and metallic inserts give a feel of the up-scale luxury. The model offers seats for five passengers and in the front they can enjoy in the front comfortable bucket seats with heating and cooling functionality while behind is rear bench. There is also ample leg and head space in the both seating rows. The rear seats can be folded forward and when the midgate is opened it allows access to 5 foot bed which can be used as cargo area that covers 8-feet from the behind rear seats to the tailgate.

Trims, Safety

The Escalade EXT is full-size pickup truck with four conventional doors and equipment comes in three trims including Base, Luxury and top Premium variant. From the exterior point of view, the Base trim models include automatic xenon headlights, for lights, rear privacy glass, side steps, heated and folding side mirrors, lockable cargo cover, 18-inch alloy wheels, etc. This trim also covers an adaptive air suspension, keyless ignition and entry, a roof rack, etc. Stepping inside it offers 10-way power adjustable front seats (the front seats also feature cooling, heating, four-way lumbar setting and  driver memory setting), heated rear seats, leather upholstery, 3-zone automatic climate control, tilt steering wheel, auto dimming rearview mirror, etc. As for infotainment it includes OnStar system with Bluetooth, rear-time traffic, navigation, satellite radio, a rearview camera, an eight speaker Bose sound system, rear audio controls, etc. The next Luxury trim adds magnetic adjustable suspension which is available as option on the Base trim, 22-inch chrome wheels, a sunroof, automatic high beams, and heated steering wheel. On the Premium models additional are body colored trim inserts and grille, different wheels, assist steps, and rear seats entertainment. The safety equipment on the Ext model includes traction and stability control, anti-lock disk brakes, airbags and side curtain airbags, rearview camera, rear parking sensors and OnStar emergency system.

Cadillac Escalade EXT: Conclusion, Price

The price of the Cadillac Escalade EXT was $63,060 for the Base model while Luxury trimmed versions were sold for $67,250 and Premium for $69,640. On the end some officials form company recently said that it is possible that company will bring the new Ext model in the future.

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