3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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MPG 13 City / 18 Highway
  • Plenty of power
  • Cargo bed adds utility
  • Luxurious and refined interior
  • Many standard safety features
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult to park
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The Escalade EXT doesn't have much competition, but neither is it in much demand


The Cadillac Escalade debuted in the 1999 model year and -- just a few years later -- General Motors saw the need to expand its luxury SUV lineup. With this expansion came the 2002 debut of the Cadillac Escalade EXT, a full size luxury SUV with a truck bed based on the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Coming into the 2013 model year, the Escalade EXT is unchanged from 2012. It gives customers three trim-level choices, which include Base, Luxury and Premium. All three trims come standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, and delivers power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. This setup nets the Escalade EXT a seven-second sprint to 60 mph and ratings of 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

There's very little that's "base" about the Base EXT: It features a leather interior, 19-inch wheels and a Bose audio system. The Luxury EXT ups the ante with 22-inch chrome wheels, Magnetic Ride Control and a sunroof. The Premium EXT adds in retractable assist steps and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
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2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want a pickup truck that's also a luxury SUV

In Base trim, the Cadillac Escalade EXT offers more features that your typical base-model SUV. Standard equipment includes: 18-inch wheels; black assist steps with chrome accents; an eight-speaker Bose audio system; Bluetooth connectivity; and leather upholstery.

2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
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2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury

Recommended for: Buyers who like a more luxurious driving experience

The Luxury trim level adds 22-inch chrome wheels; headlights that automatically switch between high- and low-beams; Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control Suspension; a moonroof; and a heated steering wheel.

2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
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2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who want entertainment options for their kids

At the Premium level, an Escalade EXT includes: power retractable assist steps; a rear-seat entertainment system with an in-dash DVD player, LED backlighting, CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/DVD compatibility, and a pair of wireless headphones.

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