Despite a trend toward smaller, more agile and more fuel-efficient vehicles, the realm of the full-size luxury
SUV seems to have missed the memo. As proof, the
2013 Cadillac Escalade shows no desire to change and no attempt to shed chrome, horsepower or price. And that's just the way Cadillac buyers like it. As popular with celebrities as it is with politicians, professionals and well-to-do soccer moms, the Escalade is pretty much in a league of its own. Be it the Escalade, its extended companion, the Escalade ESV, the open-bed EXT or the fuel-efficient (if you can call 23 mpg fuel efficient)
Hybrid, Cadillac's Escalade for 2013 has all the bases covered.
Cadillac Escalade models receive a few modest updates for 2012, highlights of which include two new exterior colors for Escalade SUV models (Radiant Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat), a new center console design, and navigation system enhancements.
Changes to the 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT are minor and include some new color choices, enhancements to the navigation and OnStar system and the addition of more sound proofing. Cadillac's Premium Care Maintenance is standard on all 2011 Escalade EXTs.
For 2010, Cadillac adds Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to its 6.2-liter V8 engine. Other new features include a console mounted USB port, a locking steering column and seat-mounted front side thorax airbags.
Except for its lower-priced
Chevrolet Avalanche cousin, the Escalade ESV has no direct competition. Lincoln's Mark LT luxury pickup (based on the Ford F-150) comes close, but has a short bed and lacks the midgate bed-extender.
Pros: "Awesome looking ride & interior. Very comfortable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Awesome ride. Best looking, most comfortable and nicest pick up I've owned. However truck has had too many issues. I owned a Nissan Titan, drove it hard like a work truck and NEVER replaced anything but oil. This Caddy has had so many issues, it's very disappointing for a $70,000 truck. Full brake & rotor replacement at 40K miles $1000 out of pocket. All shocks replaced, water pump failed, door panel replaced, few other small minor things. Lucky those under warranty but that's about to run out. VERY disappointing for a luxury vehicle to have reliability issues at low mileage. I could see if the clock had 100K, but I drove this easy and it's still like a delicate flower. Lucky to have a great Caddy dealer who takes care of the service. They're very helpful and accommodating."
"I'm totally pleased, the dealership I bought it from was professional and courteous. I really don't like the idea of Cadillac not making this vehicle anymore. So, I recommend to anyone, if you are in the market, find one of these with low mileage and snatch it up."