2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT

  • 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Base Crew Cab Pickup

    Base Crew Cab Pickup

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2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

As much luxury as drivers could find in a pickup truck.

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It is important to note that the 2011 Escalade EXT is not only a luxury Cadillac; it is a fully-functioning pickup truck. Cadillac Shield provides comprehensive security, maintenance, and communications coverage for all Cadillac vehicles. Included in Cadillac Shield are a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and program of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy transportation. Roadside Assistance provides lock-out, towing, fuel and Dealer Technician roadside service. During the warranty period, alternate transportation and/or reimbursement for transportation expenses are covered when a Cadillac requires warranty repairs.

2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT drivers are eager to experience the ride and precision that is afforded in a Cadillac. They want the convenience of a vehicle that can go from a passenger SUV to the functionality of a full-sized pickup.

The Range

Body styles: SUV
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Cadillac Escalade EXT, Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury, Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium, Cadillac Escalade EXT Platinum Edition

What's New

There are no significant updates to the 2011 Escalade EXT.


A mid-gate cargo bed extension turns this sports utility passenger vehicle into a truck with a standard eight-foot truck bed simply by folding down the rear seat and lowering the mid-gate. Luxury model standard equipment includes 22-inch chrome alloy wheels, Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, power sunroof, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt action that shows the curb when the vehicle is in reverse, rear defogger, roof rack, chrome grille, painted bumpers, step running boards, removable tonneau bed cover with a lock, trailer wiring and hitch, cargo tie downs, variable intermittent wipers four-wheel, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, foglights, and dusk-sensing xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.


The 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium trim level includes a rear-seat DVD/MP3 entertainment system and power-retracting assist steps. Standard equipment includes an eight-inch diagonal touch-screen navigation system with voice guidance for turn-by-turn directions, iPod/Bluetooth integration, USB port, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite Bose audio system with eight speakers, eight-way power heated front seats with height adjustment and memory, leather upholstery, brushed aluminum and burled wood accents, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with memory and audio and cruise functions, speed-proportional power steering, power windows and door locks, power brakes, dual zone climate controls, sun sensor, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature reading, pre-wired for phone and Bluetooth hands-free capability, OnStar telecommunications service, and navigation with real-time traffic.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT is Cadillac’s luxury pickup truck. Equipped with a 6.2-liter, 403 hp, V-8 engine and a heavy-duty six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, it offers the power, style, and performance that are expected from a Cadillac vehicle. The road-sensing suspension, which is standard on the Luxury and Premium models and optional on the Base model, ensures a smooth, comfortable ride, no matter the road surface. Electronic stabilization enables the Escalade EXT to remain level when the load is uneven. It’s also equipped with all-wheel drive, which can distribute the torque to front on rear and front wheels to provide superior handing in worsening road conditions. And when hooking up a trailer or boat to the Escalade EXT, the rearview backup camera can be used to make the task easier. Rear parking assist alerts the driver of a stationary object within a specified distance of the rear bumper.

Drivers can download destination directions to the vehicle and hear voice instructions at every turn with OnStar. Diagnostics from OnStar can help drivers maintain it by sending emails regarding the status of operating systems. Text messages can also be sent via the RemoteLink mobile app. The app also includes the capability to make and receive hands-free cell phone calls.


The 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes standard with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, stability control, traction control, front side-impact airbags as well as full-length head curtain side-impact airbags with rollover protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac Escalade EXT: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Super-plush, luxury ride
  • Quite ride
  • Powerful V-8

You Won't Like

  • Lower quality interior plastics
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Big and hard to maneuver

Sum Up

As much luxury as drivers could find in a pickup truck.

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