The 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is almost alone in the full-size luxury hybrid class.
The closest vehicle in price and performance is the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, a "sports activity coupe" body on an SUV chassis that also features a V-8 and a different version of the Escalade Hybrid's Two-Mode Hybrid system.
The ActiveHybrid 7 is the world's most powerful hybrid, and its eCVT is tuned to imitate a seven-speed automatic, making it almost indistinguishable (but much pricier) than the standard V-8 X6.
It's not likely that many Escalade buyers cross-shop the X6, however, and vice versa.
Another hybrid SUV is the all-new 2010 Lexus RX 450h, a full hybrid that delivers more economy gains in city driving.
While luxurious and green, it lacks the Cadillac's bling factor and street presence, and it's an entire size smaller.
Both German vehicles provide strong towing capacity and superior highway fuel economy, without the smoke and clatter of earlier diesels.
|2010 Cadillac Escalade HybridBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2010 Lexus RX 450hBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V8||Gas V6||Gas/Electric V6|
|N/A||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|2WD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L Premium||FWD 4-Door Hybrid|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door SUV||4-Door SUV|