2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review
Reviewers find the Escalade EXT a vehicle worthy of the luxurious Cadillac tradition and are nearly unanimous in feeling that it's an improvement over earlier EXT models in almost every way. The innovative cargo bed midgate feature, borrowed from the Chevrolet Avalanche, also gets good notices, but some critics question whether EXT buyers will have much interest in hauling cargo large enough to take advantage of it.
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT is an upscale variation on the Chevrolet Avalanche, combining the features of a luxury SUV with those of a pickup truck. "The 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT pretty well defines what we want from this new breed of SUV-style pickups," says Edmunds. "It's a truck that doesn't apologize for being big and functional, yet it helps you enjoy the ride with plenty of style." Reviewers like the innovative midgate feature, which allows the rear seating area to double as part of the cargo bed, providing a full eight feet of hauling capacity while still allowing carlike seating, and many reviewers feel that this gives the EXT an edge over the otherwise similar Lincoln Mark LT. "The Escalade EXT's only competition is the similarly luxurious yet rugged Lincoln Mark LT," says Forbes, "which doesn't have a midgate system."
The Escalade EXT's massive 6.2-liter V8 engine impresses critics. Some feel that its thrust is held back somewhat by the vehicle's bulk, but most think the engine is up to the challenge. "[T]his is still a large, heavy vehicle," says Edmunds, "but a new 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission means there's always plenty of thrust on tap." And Kelley Blue Book says, "It's no sport sedan, but it is more agile, sure-footed and Cadillac-comfortable than most any other full-size truck you'll encounter." Most reviewers find the EXT's interior attractive and comfortable, and there is general agreement that the EXT will supply the kind of pricey luxury that Cadillac buyers expect. The calls the EXT "the most luxurious pickup that money can buy," and adds, "It may not be perfect, but this is truly the Cadillac of trucks." Cars.com says that the "2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most practical of the three Escalade models." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT an "Average" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.