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2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review
The perfect pickup for audacious living.
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The 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a cousin of the Chevy Avalanche and looks as though it could be the result of mating a pickup truck to a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Such a unique and unusual vehicle became rather popular as some buyers made good use of its hybrid nature. While it isn’t easy to recommend the EXT to just anyone, buyers looking for the EXT’s rare combination of vehicles will find little else on the market besides the Avalanche.
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with a tow/haul and a manual shift mode
Models: Cadillac Escalade EXT
The Cadillac Escalade EXT has been fully revamped for 2007. The most notable changes include a more powerful V-8, an all-new, fully boxed frame, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a significantly upgraded cabin.
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT full-size crew cab pickup truck features an innovative mid-gate, which allows the cargo bed to be opened up into the cabin. When the rear seats are folded down, long items are carried inside and protected from the elements because the tailgate and tonneau cover can be shut. The Escalade EXT comes in only one trim and has standard equipment that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an automatic suspension damping system, and HID headlights. Exterior options include 22-inch chrome wheels, power-folding exterior mirrors, and a power sunroof.
The Escalade EXT offers a slightly unusual appearance because of its SUV/pickup truck combination. But Cadillac managed to style this odd beast, and for certain buyers, the EXT’s look is quite appealing.
Standard cabin equipment includes leather upholstery, 14-way power/heated front seats, wood trim, a remote start feature, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose audio system with an in-dash CD/DVD changer, and heated rear seats. Options include a heated steering wheel, cooling for the front seats, a navigation system with a rearview camera, and a rear DVD entertainment system.
Aside from a few components that are of a quality not befitting such a high-end vehicle, the spacious interior of the EXT is comfortable, well-built, and designed with a functional intention. The five-passenger cabin is elegant and utilitarian with the aforementioned storage space, when the rear seats are folded down.
Performance & Handling
The Escalade EXT is only available with all-wheel drive, and the only power plant used is a powerful 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox choice, although it includes both a tow/haul and a manual shift mode. Manual shifting must be accomplished with an old-school column shifter that seems to require its own skill set to handle smoothly. The Escalade EXT can tow a maximum of 7600 pounds, and the equipment to do so is standard. The strong engine means that the EXT can handle most traffic situations easily, and the towing capacity is class competitive.
The steering is precise and feels light for a three-ton vehicle. Given the EXT’s weight, buyers should not expect nimble or athletic handling, but the EXT is surprisingly comfortable and well-mannered. It won’t chew up the curves, but for a vehicle with some off-road capabilities, it does handle itself well enough on pavement and makes for a comfortable daily driver.
Standard safety gear for the Escalade EXT includes the StabiliTrak stability control system, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rear park assist, a tire-pressure monitor, adjustable pedals, the OnStar communications system, and full-length side curtain airbags. The curtain bags inflate in serious frontal-impact collisions to provide additional protection in addition to offering basic protection in side-impact and rollover incidents. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners automatically activate during rear-impact collisions to help front-seat occupants avoid whiplash. Models that have a navigation system get a rear camera system as well. The Escalade Ext is a big, well-built vehicle with an impressive list of safety features. This will have to be enough to convince buyers of the inherent safety of this SUV/pickup as there is no government crash safety test data available.
EPA Fuel Economy
- V-8 power
- Cargo area
- Highway ride
- Seat comfort
You Won't Like
- Blind spots
- Some inferior cabin materials
The perfect pickup for audacious living.
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