2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Cadillac Escalade EXT is Cadillac’s luxury sport-utility truck that was redesigned for 2007 and is built on General Motor’s all-new full-size SUV platform, combining a luxury SUV with a pickup truck. The Escalade EXT is as long as the extended-length ESV model. The Escalade EXT first joined the Escalade lineup when the Escalade was redesigned, in the fall of 2001 as a 2002 model. Like the Escalade, the Escalade EXT also comes standard with the OnStar advanced communication system.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT is a full-size luxury pickup offered 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/DVD/MP3 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 DVD/MP3 entertainment system (the latter two items are optional on the Luxury). LED headlamps are optional on the Premium.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 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. The automatic transmission features a tow/haul mode and manual-shift capability, but gearchanges can be awkward using the controls on the column-mounted shifter.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT comes standard with 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.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Escalade EXT sets itself apart from the 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. We do wish the steering wheel telescoped, however. 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.
From behind the wheel, the 2012 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 under the hood. The adaptive suspension manages to deliver a decent balance between a smooth ride and confident handling, though there’s only so much you can expect in either department from a 6,000-pound truck rolling on 22-inch wheels.
2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Price :
MSRP range: $63,060 – $69,640
Invoice price range: $58,961 – $65,113
2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Specs :
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5858
City (MPG) : 13
Hwy (MPG) : 18
Horsepower : 403@5700
Torque (lb-ft) : 417@4300
Wheelbase : 130.0
Length (in.) : 222.0
Width (in.) : 79.1
Height (in.) : 74.5