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2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

Versatility: drive it to dinner at the country club or use it to haul your boat to the lake.

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Overview

The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT is one of the most unique vehicles on the market. It basically serves as a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV), but it has a short pickup-truck-type bed on the back. This gives it a lot more cargo space and adds versatility.

The EXT’s best selling point comes from the driver’s ability to add a lot of extra cargo space by putting down the mid gate—a removable panel at the back of the cabin. Take it down to extend the cargo space into the cabin. Leave it up and haul up to five people around town.

Like the regular Escalade, the EXT got completely redesigned in 2007, so the 2008 model makes only a few tweaks. As with the Escalade, the EXT’s main selling point is its luxury, particularly its interior.

The Range

Body Styles: crew-cab pickup truck/SUV
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade EXT

What's New

Cadillac makes few changes to the interior, like adding cup holders to the second row seating area.

Exterior

The 2008 Cadillac EXT basically looks like a full-size crew-cab pickup truck with a short bed and a luxury makeover. Exterior touches include 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, and a roof rack. The V8 Ultra Luxury Collection package features a sunroof, 22-inch chrome wheels, and automatic high-beam headlights. The front features the distinctive Cadillac grille. Power retractable running boards are also optional.

Interior

Inside the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT feels more like a luxury sedan than a pickup truck. The interior of this crew cab features heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, wood-grain trim, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a DVD/CD player. Upgrading to the V8 Ultimate Luxury package gets you cooled front seats, a navigation system, and a heated steering wheel. A rear-seat DVD system also comes as a standalone option.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT only offers all-wheel drive. The 6.2-liter V-8 provides 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. It actually has a little more horsepower than the regular Escalade and pulls up to 7600 pounds. Even though it moves quite fast, the Escalade EXT can be hard to steer and park because of its size.

Safety

Traction control, stability control, rear park assist, adjustable pedals, and side curtain airbags come standard. Front-seat airbags remain unavailable, but the side curtain bags inflate in the event of a head-on collision. A rear backup camera comes as an option with the V8 Ultimate Luxury package. The front seat belts contain pretensioners to prevent whiplash in case of rear-end collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Escalade EXT: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Tons of power
  • Very smooth ride and easy driving
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Extra cargo room
  • Comfortable cruising at high speeds
  • A pickup truck that goes from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds
  • Ability to maintain comfort over rough roads

You Won't Like

  • Size and lack of flexibility
  • Hard to turn and park
  • Inability to take it offroad
  • No rear-drive model
  • Brakes sometimes slow to perform

Sum Up

Versatility: drive it to dinner at the country club or use it to haul your boat to the lake.

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