2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview
Can’t decide between a truck and an SUV – why not have both? The 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT luxury sport utility truck makes that a dream a reality.
Like all other Escalade models, the EXT adds navigation upgrades and new anti-theft features for the 2012 model year. And like other Escalades, the EXT uses a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 417 pounds-feet of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That massive amount of torque is good for 7,600 pounds of towing. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control uses electronically controlled shock absorbers, and works with Road Sensing Suspension, which allows the Escalade to react to the road more quickly, giving you a smooth and comfortable ride. Like most powerful truck/SUVs, the Escalade leaves a lot to be desired with 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
If you want an Escalade that gets excellent fuel economy, get the Hybrid. If you want just a standard model, go with the regular Escalade. If you want a luxury SUV that can haul the family and all of your gear, the extended-length ESV is a no-brainer. But if pickup truck open-bed utility is what you like, you can’t miss with the 2012 EXT. Utility is the name of the game with the EXT’s 45.5 cubic-foot cargo bed, which can be extended to 101 cubic feet when the second-row seats and midgate are flipped down. Cadillac likes to call the EXT a five-passenger SUV that can transform into a two-passenger luxury truck, and we can get behind that. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a stowable and lockable onboard tonneau cover, and 18-inch wheels are standard, while 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retractable assist steps and LED headlights are optional.
The interior of the 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT is as luxurious as any truck or SUV you’re bound to see. Leather upholstery, power front seats, automatic climate control, a navigation system with a backup camera with backup lines, Bluetooth connectivity, Bose 5.1 surround sound system, SiriusXM Radio, LED-backlit instrument pane and, heated and cooled front seats are all standard. A heated steering wheel and rear-seat entertainment system are optional.
Safety features are impressive and include an electronic stability system with rollover-mitigation technology, side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for front seats and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes.
Get the best of luxury and utility in the 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT.