2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview
Few have probably ever wondered what it would be like to chop the roof off of a luxurious Escalade and turn the back into a pickup truck. Nevertheless, this vehicle exists as an answer to that question: the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
At first glance, the 2013 Escalade EXT is as glam and glitzy as the standard Escalade, until you get rearwards of the second row where the roof has been removed leaving a pickup truck bed for cargo. This cargo area is plenty customizable, offering a folding midgate that can convert the Escalade EXT from a five-seat truck with a shortened bed, to a two-seat truck with an eight-foot long bed. 18” alloy wheels are standard, but the optional 22” alloy wheels with wider low-profile tires fill out the large wheel wells more amply. Standard exterior features include: entry-assist steps, HID headlights with daytime running, a powered lift-back tailgate, and roof rails. The options are extensive and include powered side steps, “Intellibeam” headlights, and a powered sunroof.
The interior of the 2013 Escalade EXT can be defined as workman’s posh, with large, chunky controls and plenty of technology and comfort features including automatic climate control, Bose Audio system, satellite navigation, leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional. Due to its unique design, the EXT only seats five (as opposed to eight in a normal Escalade) losing the third-row to the pickup bed.
All 2013 Escalade EXTs get a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 making 417 pounds-feet of torque. Mated with a heavy-duty six-speed automatic and a locking differential, the 2013 Escalade EXT is available with four-wheel drive only. Base models are equipped with adaptive suspension that accommodates different road surfaces, but fancier models get magnetic suspension that monitors itself up to 1000 times every second and makes adjustments in only 5 milliseconds ensuring a smooth ride. Expect fuel economy of around 13/18 mpg city/highway.
There are also plenty of standard safety features: six airbags, traction/stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, parking sensors, and the OnStar safety system. The OnStar system monitors the car and alerts authorities if the car is crashed or stolen. The only optional safety feature is lane-change assist.