2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

Brand new and unique crossover sport utility truck loaded with luxury features and gadgets galore.

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Overview

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT is an all-new vehicle for the 2002 model year. It is a combination of a pickup truck and a (sport utility vehicle) SUV with the luxury of a Cadillac. Basically, it is a Chevrolet Avalanche that has been given an Escalade facelift. It is a four-door, five-passenger SUV with the addition of a configurable pickup bed. From the rear doors forward, it's the same as the Escalade, but it’s the pickup bed that makes this a completely unique vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade EXT

What's New

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT is newly released by Cadillac in response to the Blackwood pickup launched by Lincoln. It combines the luxury cab of a Cadillac Escalade and replaces the rear with a pickup bed. Built on the same full-size truck platform as the Chevrolet Avalanche, the Escalade EXT comes in one trim level only and features a convertible composite pickup bed that can be expanded into the cab through a bottom-hinged door at the rear of the cab.

Exterior

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT is definitely masculine. The large proportions of the front grille, running boards, rectangular headlights, and cargo bed give the sport utility truck an aggressive stance. With a single color used across the entire exterior, it looks significantly sleeker and classier than its Chevrolet counterpart. Its 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels are fitted as standard. The pickup bed is just over five feet long and lined with a composite cover to reduce the likelihood of scratches and dents. Through the addition of a mid-gate between the bed and the cab, the length of the bed can be extended to over eight feet in length when the mid-gate is folded flat. No tools are needed to make the change; the mid-gate can be released simply by moving a latch. The rear window is removable, as is the three-piece bed cover that allows for open or closed cargo carriage.

Interior

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT can fit five passengers comfortably in the luxurious leather and wood trim interior. As to be expected from any Cadillac vehicle, the EXT is fully equipped with standard features and technology to ensure the utmost comfort during the ride. A Bose audio system with six-CD in-dash changer, OnStar communications system, navigation system, 10-way power front seats, and a climate control system are all standard equipment.

Performance & Handling

The only engine available with the new 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 345 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. A road sensing suspension continually monitors the road conditions and makes adjustments to the damping rates of the shock absorbers of the suspension to provide the most comfortable ride possible.

The powerful engine within the 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT provides plenty of power to quickly accelerate both from a standstill and while carrying out maneuvers on the highway. Steering can feel light for the weight of the vehicle, but handling is adequate. Significant body roll can be felt when cornering at all but the lowest of speeds. The plush interior and adjustable suspension ensure that the ride is extremely comfortable across most road surfaces, and road, wind, and engine noise is minimal. With the rear window removed, or the mid-gate down, noise does increase. Maximum towing capacity for the sport utility truck is almost 8000 pounds.

Safety

The 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes fully equipped with standard safety features. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front airbags, front side airbags, traction control, stability control, and a rear obstacle warning system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Escalade EXT: 10/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine and good acceleration
  • Convertible composite truck bed
  • Long list of standard luxury features and technologies

You Won't Like

  • Low gas mileage
  • Steering and handling
  • High price tag

Sum Up

Brand new and unique crossover sport utility truck loaded with luxury features and gadgets galore.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Lincoln Blackwood
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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