• Sep 27, 2006

Anyone who knows me wouldn't ever think I would want climb into an Escalade, let alone the Cadillac truck that is the Escalade EXT. One look at me and you might pin me for the euro-import freak that I am. But deep down, somewhere inside my American psyche lies this desire for a White Diamond Cadillac Escalade EXT. There is no justification for it, although I could always spin it as a need for a tow vehicle to pull my toy box camper with an Ariel Atom 2 in the back. That's a blatant fantasy, but we can all aspire to something, right?



Anyway, in the world of the luxo-truck, Cadillac is head and shoulders above Lincoln and their badge engineered F-150 (sorry Ford, but you know it's true). This is exceedingly apparent when you pull the EXT's chrome wrapped door handle. As soon as you climb into the driver's seat of the Escalade, you feel instantaneously underdressed, and your wrist looks very naked, like it needs a diamond-encrusted watch. The interior is hands down the most elegantly designed interior that you will ever find in production pickup truck. It is all exclusive to the Cadillac line and is not shared with any other full-size GM SUV. The unique-to-Escalade instrument panel has a refined time-piece quality about it. It features white-LED illuminated dial and needles, with the latter featuring illuminated cobalt blue accent stripes.

Even the steering wheel gets special treatment with a wood rim on the outside edge facing the driver, to give your palms the luxury of a wood wheel without compromising the leather grip available to your finger tips. Don't let that rim fool you, or the Escalade's large and in charge presence, the wheel on this Caddy isn't a tiller for any large nautical vessel. The seating position might be high, and the rest of the truck might seem massive, but it is surprisingly maneuverable and any body motions are well controlled. You feel like you're driving the Escalade EXT and it's not driving you. And the 6.2L aluminum V8 provides a satisfying 403 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque. All that power is channeled through an all new 6-speed automatic transmission. Put the truck in drive and the back up camera will pop on warning you to watch for pedestrians who might be within firing range if you choose to toast the tires on the optional 22-inch wheels.

We did not get a chance to run our own test numbers, but by the seat of our pants, this Cadillac zigs. In fact, the entire package is deceptively fast. Eighty miles per hour comes up very fast at full tilt, and the only noise from the inside is the subdued roar of the General's latest generation truck V8. If you have a decent amount of self-control, it may be possible to get the 13/19 mpg EPA-rated fuel economy in the Escalade EXT. Those EPA numbers seem about right for a vehicle of this size. Whether you choose to cruise or romp around town, it's when you step out of the Escalade that you realize the vehicle feels a lot smaller behind the wheel than it is.

From the exterior, you would never mistake the Escalade EXT for anything other than a Cadillac. The new fascia is inspired by the Sixteen concept vehicle, as well as the chrome front fender vents. This truck oozes class and attitude in amounts that make you strangely proud to be an American, albeit with a touch of guilt over your own extravagance.

If this seems like your idea of a luxury truck, head over to Cadillac's website (http://www.cadillac.com/cadillacjsp/model/gallery.jsp?model=ext&year=2007) and build one for yourself (trust me, I have).



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good, especially in black.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shirley you must be joking.

      I've never checked out one of these, but have driven the related Avalanche. Very versatile with the midgate. I'm surprised that the Honda Ridgeline doesn't have a similar feature, given that brand's tradition of innovation. The trunk-in-bed isn't on the same level.

      As far as the interior goes, except for the bits on the steering wheel all of that "wood" is fake. For all of its other shortcomings, I believe the Lincoln's interior includes the real stuff.

      My site's page for the Escalade, with specs and links to the most popular price comparisons:

      http://www.truedelta.com/models/Escalade.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Fact Neither gas guzzlers nor Hybrids are good for the environment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      jogia - sounds like you're a typical tree hugger. Go the F on and leave the real vehicles to those of us with a set of balls.

      -go big or go home.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So Cadillac makes version of the Avalanche and people whine it is tipping the environmental scales of the planet. Lexus and Toyota CONSISTANTLY inflate EPA ratings to sell more cars to boneheads like you Jogia.

      Edmunds 2006 Toyota Prius:
      "Fuel mileage is rated at 60 city and 51 highway, though real-world mileage is typically in the mid 40s"

      Consumer Guide
      "Test manual-transmission tC averaged 25.4 mpg in mostly highway driving. Test automatic averaged 21.7 mpg"

      Car and Driver - RX350 4598LB monster
      "19 city, 24 highway, according to EPA ratings ... C/D-observed mileage 15 mpg."

      Still want to talk trash.
      Toyota lies and you believe it, you bought a car because "They Said So" and you are just the kind of easily influence fool the Japanese are looking for. Did you hear Japan wants a "Powerful Military" now? Thanks for giving them money to afford it. Too bad you are too feebleminded to fight for this country or I would put a gun in your hand.
      Enjoy your car and incredible resale value, in a short amount of time we will be #3 or #4 behind China, India and Japan in whatever order you think most likely.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One would have thought GM would have fixed their acronyms, EXT usually means exteneded, ESV could mean extra special vehicle.
      Escalade-Tahoe
      Escalade EXT-Suburban
      Escalade ESV-Avalanche
      or
      Escalade-Suburban
      Escalade ESV (extra 'short' version)-Tahoe
      Escalade EXT (escalade 'X-treme' Truck)
      • 8 Years Ago
      While I am at this.

      Have you ever heard of Speed Typing ?
      So you can deduce that my typing is similar to that of a 14 year old ?
      Pray tell what then you make of the typos & grammatical errors that is rife on this site both on Posts & comments ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Simply awful. Big, inefficient, expensive and made by GM. What more can I say? If you need a truck with four doors, get the Avalanche. This is badge engineering at its worst. I see no reason to get this over an Avalanche or even a Honda Ridgeline if you don't need the huge size and towing. I can't believe Cadillac is still in business these days. I thought all the senior citizens in baggy pants and white shoes already got their Caddy by now. For the money, I would rather have an Audi Allroad with change to spare.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What are you compensating for? The one question that comes to mind everytime I see someone climbing into one of these 'I wish I wuz FITTY CENT y'all' PIMP-MOBILES! It is amusing however, when I see the 'five-foot-eff-all' soccer moms slide out of one. It's really great to be able to see the camel-toe as the mom jeans slide up!! NOW THAT'S GHETTO!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      6. The new Cadillac Escalade EXT is the phattest Cadillac ever! It is a major upgrade over the '06 model. Everything from the styling, engine, and cabin is better. It's by far the hottest vehicle on the road!


      yeah hottest vehicle if your trying to look like a dork!

      idiots that drive this and the hummer think they look cool, but everyone is laughing at you!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ryan,

      I know where you're coming from, and you're right.... Technically, you can't even say it was implied. But then again, think about the level of ignorance that you see on this blog daily. The fact that he would put together Escalade and parents that don't care about their children's education should be proof enough. Not that he's racist, but extremely DUMB...
      Sam, if you are racist..... at least have the balls to say what you feel.... stop implying!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "That was an extremely racist comment and I refuse to let you "slide".

      You can call it whatever you want, but to make to connection between "ghetto" people buying this car and not giving a damn about their children's education is just plain stupid."

      That was VERY RACIST for YOU to say I can't be white and live in the ghetto?

      Sam said:
      "13. Great, another ghetto-mobile in the making."

      nastinupe THEN said:
      "nor am I saying that the hip-hop culture hasn't ghettofied this vehicle"

      nastinupe,

      Where in the hell did same say "Black people are ghetto if they buy this car because there kids won't be able to go to school"






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