Used Car: 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review
Reviewers said the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT is luxurious and fast, but its handling can be ponderous and competing trucks can tow more when properly equipped.
With its standard V8 engine and automatic transmission, automotive journalists said the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT has lively acceleration and added that its transmission changes gears quickly. The Escalade EXT has standard all-wheel drive, which is unique for the class. It gets an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class overall, but in line with what many similarly equipped pickup trucks get. Some auto critics commented that the 2013 Escalade EXT rides comfortably, but others mentioned that its handling is somewhat ponderous around town. The Escalade EXT can tow up to 7,600 pounds, which is a bit lower than the maximum tow ratings of many full-size pickup trucks.
According to reviewers, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT has an attractive cabin built with premium materials that are typical for a luxury vehicle. The Escalade EXT has a crew cab body style and can seat up to five. Both the front and rear seats offer ample head- and legroom for most occupants, test drivers said. The Escalade EXT features a Midgate panel behind the rear seats, which can be folded down to expand the length of the bed into the rear of the cab. Standard features on the Escalade EXT include leather seats, Bluetooth, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a rearview camera, a Bose stereo system, heated rear seats and front seats that are heated, cooled and power-adjustable. A rear-seat entertainment system is available. Most critics commented that the navigation system is easy to use, though some mentioned that the climate controls are mounted a bit too low.
Other Trucks to Consider
The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche is available with many of the features available on the Escalade EXT and has the same unique Midgate design for expanding the length of the bed. Reviewers said the Avalanche has plenty of power, and it gets better fuel economy than the Escalade EXT.
The top trims of the 2013 Ford F-150 are available with features that rival those found in the Escalade EXT. The F-150 can tow significantly more than the Escalade EXT when properly equipped, and it is available with a turbocharged V6 engine that test drivers said makes the F-150 feel very quick.