A luxury pickup with a usable five-foot bed.
A Cadillac pickup might seem like heresy to many of the Caddy faithful, but the wreath-and-crest brand was one of the first luxury marques to expand into the profitable SUV and truck segments. The EXT, which is essentially a high-end version of the discontinued Chevrolet Avalanche, is available with the same luxury amenities as the Escalade and Escalade ESV sport-utilities. Those amenities include a high-grade interior, state-of-the-art Bose 5.1 digital surround sound, and a touch-screen navigation system. The Escalade EXT uses the same six-speed automatic transmission and rumbling 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 that’s found in its SUV siblings. But the EXT also borrows from its late Chevrolet sibling. Look behind the seats, and you’ll find a pickup bed and the Midgate system from the Avalanche. When the rear seats are folded, the Midgate panel can be extended into the cabin, converting the EXT from a five-passenger vehicle to a two-seater and expanding the pickup bed from five feet to eight feet. A tonneau cover protects the external bed from the elements; alternatively, it can be removed for extra storage space. A power-operated soft cover is a dealer-installed option.
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new for 2013
The only pickup sold by a luxury marque soldiers on into 2013 with few changes. There are two new exterior colors: xenon blue and midnight green metallic.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are traction and stability control with rollover mitigation, Ultrasonic rear parking sensors, tire-pressure monitoring, and OnStar telematics with automatic crash response and emergency services with a one-year free trial. Blind-zone alert is optional.
Poor fuel economy
Base Price Range: $64,010–$70,590
TRIM LEVELS: Escalade EXT, Luxury, Premium
BODY STYLE: Pickup, 5-passenger
ENGINE: 6.2L V-8, 403 hp, 417 lb-ft (E85 capable)
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 120.0 cu ft
CAPACITIES: Towing 7600 lb; payload 1362 lb; cargo (second row folded/Midgate open, second row folded) 54.3/101.0 cu ft