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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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Expert's Rating

3.9Good

MPG 20 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Good in-city fuel economy for large SUV
  • Spacious cabin
  • Luxurious and refined interior
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Third row seat feels cramped
  • Feels like driving a tank
, Automotive Editor -
Cadillac doesn?t call the Escalade Hybrid ?The world?s first and only full-size luxury hybrid SUV? without good cause; it really is the only one on the market.

Introduction

The Escalade debuted in 1999, but its fuel economy and carbon footprint turned off many eco-friendly buyers. Armed with this knowledge, Cadillac released the Escalade Hybrid for the 2009 model year, giving it a leg up on the competition. Though this model has never been especially popular, it certainly fits the bill for a small percentage of SUV buyers.

The 2013 model year is a carryover for the entire Escalade lineup, meaning the Hybrid model carries all of the same features as the 2012 model. The 2013 Escalade Hybrid comes in a pair of trim levels: Base and Platinum. The Base includes plenty of premium features like leather upholstery, a Bose surround-sound system and Bluetooth connectivity. The Platinum trim level adds to the already-loaded Base with an Aniline leather interior, LED headlights and an upgraded DVD entertainment system for the kids in the rear.



Both trim levels come standard with a 6-liter V-8 engine and a pair of 60 kW electric motors inside the transmission. This setup cranks out 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, and nets the Escalade Hybrid 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Rear-wheel drive is standard on this luxury hybrid, but available all-wheel drive won't negatively affect fuel economy.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Starting price
$51,995

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want a full-size luxury SUV without the massive fuel consumption

In Base trim, the Escalade Hybrid is pretty well-equipped. Standard features include: 22-inch chromed wheels; headlights that automatically switch from low- to high-beam; a power liftgate; Adaptive Remote Start to pre-heat or cool the cabin; a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 surround-sound system; leather seating; and a navigation system.

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Starting price
$51,995

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum

Recommended for: Buyers who want extra mpg -- and all of the top-end features

The Platinum EXT features: 22-inch wheels; LED headlights; power retractable assist steps; Aniline full-leather seating; heated and cooled cup holders; a DVD entertainment system with two seven-inch headrest-mounted screens; and olive ash and burled walnut trim.

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