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2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

A powerful engine and high utility vehicle.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a nifty crossover crew cab pickup. It combines the features of a full-size pickup truck and a regular sports utility vehicle (SUV). It was a novel idea that opened up Cadillac to a new vehicle market. Many of the vehicle owners who now consider the 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT might not have put a Cadillac on their list of potential utility vehicles before this release.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT upgrades the safety and stability systems, and the StabiliTrak stability control system is now a standard feature in all models. The adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are now power-adjustable. Bucket seats in the second row and high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are now on the options list. It also gets three-point safety belts for all occupants.

Exterior

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes with a hard cargo bed and cargo tie downs as standard features. Its exterior dimensions are 79.5 inches width, 75.6 inches height, and 221.4 inches length. It sits on 10.6-inch ground clearance and rides on 130-inch wheelbase. It has a maximum towing capacity of 7900 pounds with the right equipment in place. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and P265/70R17 all-season tires. The windshield comes with variable intermittent wipers, and the rear window comes with defogger. It comes with privacy glass from factory and a roof rack. The rear view mirrors have reverse tilt to enable the driver to view the curb when reversing into parking spaces.

Interior

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT uses simulated wood trim on the center console and in the dashboard. The simulated wood trim pairs up with leather on the doors and the shift knob. It comes with reading lights in the front and rear, and the leather and wood trim steering wheel comes with speed-proportional power steering. It's tilt-adjustable and has audio controls on it, and the leather passenger and driver seats have power adjustable lumbar support and are height-adjustable. The rear seat has a split-folding seatback and comes with a folding center armrest with storage. The power features on the interior are power door locks and power windows and comes with a beverage cooler in the rear and front, as well as overhead consoles with storage. The door pockets have storage, as does the front seatback as cup holders are in the front and rear.

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes with Universal remote transmitter. For comfort, it comes with dual-zone climate controls for the driver and passenger. The driver gets an electro-chromatic rearview mirror that dims the glare of vehicles from behind in night driving. The passenger and driver get a dual illuminating vanity mirror each. The seats come with memorized settings for two drivers. The dashboard comes with a clock and a Bose premium brand stereo system and speakers and has separate audio controls in the rear. The compete entertainment system comes with seven speakers of 200-watts output, one subwoofer, and a six CD-player.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes with a powerful, six-liter V-8 with 345-hp at 5200 rpm 380 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm with overhead valves (OHV) and 16 valves. It uses an all-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system includes short and long arm front suspension, solid live axle rear suspension, and front independent suspension. The pre-impact safety features include four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), and ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear. The other stability systems include stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution system.

Safety

The 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes with passenger sensing deactivation mechanism for the airbags. The post-impact safety system includes front head airbags and dual side-mounted airbags. The seats come with height-adjustable headrests. The rear center seat comes with a lap seatbelt, while all the other seats come with a three-point seatbelt with pretensioners. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors and the rear doors come with child safety locks. It comes with an anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer as vehicle theft deterrent systems. It comes with daytime running lights, HID xenon headlamps, fog lights, and dusk sensing headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Escalade EXT: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong suspension
  • Interior upholstery
  • Powerful engine
  • Attractive body style for a pickup
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Price tag

Sum Up

A powerful engine and high utility vehicle.

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