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2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review
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The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT combines the luxury and utility of the Escalade SUV with the power and carrying capacity of a two-passenger truck. When you’re in SUV mode, the luxurious amenities of this vehicle will probably make you forget there’s a powerful truck inside, just waiting to be unleashed, thanks to the midgate panel that provides an eight-foot truck bed that’s perfected for hauling big loads. There’s also a 7600 lb. towing capacity with this truck, and the EXT is designed so that you can load it up and still stay in control on the road, even in tough conditions. If you’re looking for an all-purpose truck that still has all the amenities and comfort of a high-end luxury vehicle, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a great choice. If it’s within your budget, sure to upgrade to the Luxury or Premium trim so that you can benefit from Magnetic Ride Control, larger wheels and some enjoyable entertainment and luxury interior options.
New For 2013
The Cadillac Escalade EXT is enjoying a multi-year run as one of the premier luxury sport utility trucks on the market, so it’s not ready for a redesign just yet. The enhanced navigation system is a carryover from 2012, and 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT owners will still enjoy the Escalade EXT’s classic features, including:
- V-8 Engine
- 5.3-feet truck bed, expandable to 8 feet
- 7600 lb. towing capacity
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, in Radiant Silver Metallic, White Diamond Tri-Coat, or Black Raven, looks as impressive as any SUV or truck on the market. You’ll find a power glass sunroof, roof rack, painted finish bumpers, and a hard bed cover that removes to reveal one of the best looking pickup trucks on the road. The Premium trim features power-retractable running boards and IntelliBeam headlamps, along with a body colored grille and 22-inch chrome alloy wheels.
Interior & Cargo
Like the Escalade, the Escalade EXT interior is heavy on comfort and luxury, with dual climate controls, wood, simulated alloy and leather trim, and a heated steering wheel. The OnStar system offers a host of services, including directions and emergency assistance, and the tilt steering wheel features audio and cruise controls, which, along with hands free calling, means you never have to take your hands off the wheel. The luxurious seating includes fourteen-way power driver and passenger leather bucket seats with power lumbar support.
One of the highlights of the 2013 Escalade EXT is its control center. This clear, color central computer provides navigation, climate control, and driver information, and it allows you to access the BOSE 5.1, 10-speaker surround sound system. You also can’t beat the convenient touches of Franchise Favorites and Tune Select, which finds your favorite businesses if they’re in the area, and your favorite songs if they’re playing on the SiriusXM radio, respectively.
You should have all you need when it comes to space in this sport utility truck, just fold up the midgate panel and you’ve got a full 101 cubic feet of protected, secure cargo space, with bonus top box and underfloor storage for extra items or items that you don’t want touching the inside of the vehicle.
In addition to the StabiliTrak stability control, electronic traction control, and Magnetic Ride Control, which help keep the wheels where they’re supposed to be, even in harsh road conditions, the EXT also include OnStar emergency crash assistance, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle assistance. For theft prevention, the Escalade EXT features an engine immobilizer and anti-theft system. Other safety features on the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT include side mirrors that alert you to cars in your blind spot, a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), front and rear ventilated disc brakes, front and side driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbags, a backup camera, and child safety locks.
The 6.2-liter, V-8 engine matched to a heavy duty six-speed automatic transmission gives you the power you need, with a healthy 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. Even when it’s weighed down, you’ll get great control over this vehicle thanks to the standard All-Wheel Drive (AWD), computerized road sensing suspension, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and available Magnetic Ride Control, which constantly analyzes the road and adjusts to provide just the amount of damping you need just when you need it.
As you might expect, the Escalade EXT is a bit of a gas guzzler, averaging 13/18 mpg city/highway, but you’ll save some gas with the Active Fuel Management system, which adjusts from eight cylinders to four when possible.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac Escalade-EXT
- Chevrolet Avalanche
- Mercedes-Benz GL450
- Infiniti QX56