Used 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Pros & Cons

  • Strong and smooth powertrain
  • plush ride
  • quiet cabin
  • versatile midgate design.
  • Less towing capacity than traditional pickups
  • awkward in tight spaces
  • marginal quality of some interior materials
  • high theft rate.
List Price Estimate
$23,879 - $31,767

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Edmunds' Expert Review

It's the rare individual who needs a luxurious SUV cross-bred with a pickup truck. But if you're this rare shopper, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT might be your best -- and only -- choice, despite its faults.

Vehicle overview

Pickup trucks are a staple of the American landscape. Whether serving as a rugged workhorse on construction sites or towing big toys to a vacation destination, trucks are the modern equivalent of the cowboy's faithful horse.

Today's pickups are available across the spectrum, from bare-bones work trucks to fully loaded luxury liners. At the sharp end of the luxury side is the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT. Based on the Chevrolet Avalanche mash-up of an SUV and pickup truck, the Escalade EXT features a unique midgate behind the rear seats that can be stowed to extend the truck bed into the passenger compartment. Of course it also comes with that special Cadillac opulence mostly unheard of in truck circles.

In theory, this gives owners the comfort of an SUV and the brawn of a truck. And in practice, you can indeed have the best of both worlds. We doubt, however, that most would consider hauling messier cargo that might spoil the upscale interior. Along with this peculiar versatility, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT also suffers from some of the Avalanche's faults. The truck's large footprint makes it cumbersome in parking lots and the lack of rearward visibility further hampers close-quarter maneuverability.

On top of these drawbacks that are common to pickups, the Escalade EXT is also hindered by a limited towing and hauling capacity compared to conventional trucks. Furthermore, the Escalade's attractiveness to car thieves and its thirsty V8 engine should cause some concern.

As unique as the Escalade EXT is, luxury and pickup trucks aren't nearly as mutually exclusive as they once were. High-end versions of conventional trucks like the Ford F-150 King Ranch, GMC Sierra Denali and Ram 1500 Laramie all deliver surprising amounts of luxury, even if not quite on par with the Cadillac. These pickups do, however, benefit from better towing and hauling capability. But if you desire style over substance, there really is nothing quite like the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT.

Cadillac Escalade EXT models

Classified as a full-size luxury pickup, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is available in three trim levels: Base, Luxury and Premium.

Standard features on the entry-level Base model include 18-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive air suspension, automatic xenon headlights, foglamps, heated power-folding outside mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, rear privacy glass, a roof rack, side steps, a fold-down midgate, lockable three-piece cargo cover, rear parking sensors, remote ignition and keyless ignition/entry.

Inside there's tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats (with heating, cooling, driver memory settings and four-way lumbar adjustment), heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-only steering wheel and remote ignition. Electronic features include OnStar, Bluetooth, a navigation system, real-time traffic, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD changer, satellite radio, rear seat audio controls, rear seat headphone jacks and an iPod/USB interface.

The Luxury model adds 22-inch chrome alloy wheels, Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension (optional on Base), automatic high beams, a sunroof and a heated steering wheel. Springing for the top-of-the-line EXT Premium trim gets you different wheels, a body-colored grille and other exterior trim pieces, power-retracting assist steps and a rear-seat entertainment system (the latter two items are optional on the Luxury).

2013 Highlights

For 2013, the Cadillac Escalade EXT returns unchanged.

Performance & mpg

Powering the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission, full-time all-wheel drive and a heavy-duty locking rear differential are all standard.

In Edmunds performance testing, the EXT went from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds, which is very quick for a truck. EPA fuel economy estimates are disappointing, however, at 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined. Properly equipped, the EXT can tow 7,600 pounds, a few thousand pounds less than a traditional crew cab pickup.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and OnStar emergency communications.

In Edmunds brake testing, the EXT came to a stop from 60 mph in a lengthy 140 feet.

Driving

From behind the wheel, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a bit like a gilded sledgehammer -- sparkly and powerful, but with a distinct lack of finesse. For starters, the sheer size of this colossus, combined with the limited visibility out the back and sides, makes it a good idea to wield it with a fair amount of restraint. Making that task just a little harder is the surprisingly quick acceleration produced by the 6.2-liter V8. The adaptive suspension manages to deliver a decent balance between a smooth ride and confident handling.

Interior

The Escalade EXT distinguishes itself from other luxury-lined pickups with a genuinely upscale cabin in terms of design, materials and features. Leather upholstery set off by tasteful wood and metal trim gives the passenger cabin a definite rich feel, though cheap plastic trim in a few spots detracts from the overall effect. The cabin's biggest downside -- limited visibility to the rear and sides -- is offset somewhat by the standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Both rows of seats offer good head- and legroom, with the front buckets' heating/cooling making it especially easy for occupants to get comfortable, although some drivers will wish for a telescoping steering wheel. Folding the rear seats forward and opening the lower half of the midgate expands the 5-foot bed into a huge enclosed cargo area that stretches 8 feet from just behind the front seats to the lockable tailgate. For larger cargo, removing and stowing the rear window and the three-piece tonneau cover creates a traditional pickup bed large enough for the biggest antique store finds.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$63,060
MPG & Fuel
13 City / 18 Hwy / 14 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 31.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 403 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 417 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 222.0 in. / Height: 74.5 in. / Width: 79.1 in.
Curb Weight: 5961 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 45.5 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover21.2%


FAQ

Is the Cadillac Escalade EXT a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2013 Escalade EXT both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Cadillac Escalade EXT fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Escalade EXT gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Escalade EXT has 45.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Cadillac Escalade EXT. Learn more

Is the Cadillac Escalade EXT reliable?

To determine whether the Cadillac Escalade EXT is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Escalade EXT. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Escalade EXT's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2013 Escalade EXT is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT?

The least-expensive 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $63,060.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $69,640
  • Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $67,250
  • 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $63,060
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What are the different models of Cadillac Escalade EXT?

If you're interested in the Cadillac Escalade EXT, the next question is, which Escalade EXT model is right for you? Escalade EXT variants include Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), and 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A). For a full list of Escalade EXT models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Used 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

The Used 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is offered in the following submodels: Escalade EXT Crew Cab. Available styles include Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A), and 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2013 Escalade EXT.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2013 Escalade EXT featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT?

2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,245. The average price paid for a new 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is trending $45,780 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $45,780 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,465.

The average savings for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Luxury 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is 67.1% below the MSRP.

2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $70,635. The average price paid for a new 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is trending $47,352 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $47,352 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,283.

The average savings for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is 67% below the MSRP.

2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,055. The average price paid for a new 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is trending $37,587 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $37,587 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,468.

The average savings for the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4dr Crew Cab AWD (6.2L 8cyl 6A) is 58.7% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT?

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