The high-end Cadillac Escalade EXT sport utility truck competes with fully loaded pickups like the Toyota Tundra Limited and Ford F-150 Platinum.
New for 2010
The Escalade EXT's engine now features cylinder deactivation, a technology designed to save gas by automatically shutting off four cylinders when driving conditions allow. There's a USB port for connecting an MP3 player to the audio system.
The EXT's cargo bed has 45.5 cubic feet of volume (about the same as a short-box crew cab pickup truck). The cab midgate flips inward along with the second-row seats, extending the pickup box to 101 cubic feet of cargo volume. The EXT maintains the triangular C-pillar extensions of GM's first-generation crossover pickups, and the design is highlighted by its rectangular headlights and angular face.
- 18-inch wheels standard
- 17-inch wheels optional
- 22-inch alloy wheels optional
- LED headlamps optional
Two rows of seats accommodate five occupants. The folded midgate creates an expanded, continuous load floor for the bed, but the lack of a partition exposes occupants to the elements.
- Standard leather upholstery
- Standard power front seats
- Standard automatic climate control
- Optional heated steering wheel and navigation system
Under the Hood
A 6.2-liter V-8 generates 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque and works through a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
- Up to 7,500-pound towing capacity
Escalade EXT safety equipment includes:
- Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
- Standard electronic stability system
- Standard side curtain airbags
- Optional blind spot warning system
- No side-impact airbags for front seats