The Cadillac Escalade EXT is a luxury pickup truck, which at first might come off as a strange vehicle classification. But when Cadillac was revamping the Escalade in 2002, the company explored different ways to take advantage of the luxury SUV's street cred and runaway popularity. So it spun off the model every which way to maximize the Escalade badge -- hence, the EXT.
One part full-size luxury SUV and one part crew-cab pickup, the Escalade EXT is the only vehicle of its kind in the mid-$50,000 luxury market. Overwhelmingly massive and surprisingly functional, the EXT is the ultimate niche vehicle, and it has found a healthy audience for the limited number that Cadillac builds each year.
Used Cadillac Escalade EXT Models
The current (second) generation Escalade EXT was introduced for 2007. For the first two years, navigation was optional and several features were unavailable like the blind-spot warning system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and adaptive dampers with the 22-inch wheels. Prior to 2010, the EXT was only available in a single trim, while the USB audio port and the V8's cylinder-deactivation function were not available. The latter results in a 1 mpg difference.
The original 2002-'06 Cadillac Escalade EXT wasn't as refined as the current model but it did establish itself with its innovative Midgate. In terms of passenger room and cargo bed versatility, this truck is very similar to the current one. It was powered by a smaller 6.0-liter V8 that made 345 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission was standard. And while the new EXT is equipped with rack-and-pinion steering, the first-gen model had a recirculating-ball setup, which meant the vehicle had a less responsive steering feel.
Because of a number of upgrades in 2003, passing on the '02 model might be wise. The '03 and up EXTs came with an improved interior, better safety equipment and new features like HID headlights and an optional rear-seat entertainment system. The power-operated tonneau cover first appeared in 2006.
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