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TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Cadillac Escalade EXT to write this hands-on road test. The 2010 Escalade EXT review is based on driving impressions culled from the past three model years. Editors have compared the EXT to other trucks and SUVs to help you narrow your shopping choices, and have edited a companion Full Review that condenses other Web reviews for the most concise review available online.
- Lavish interior
- Surprisingly nimble handling
- Top-notch powertrain
- Straightforward controls
- Authoritative exhaust note
- Not all switchgear feels upscale
- Fixed (removable) back window
- Delicate-looking wheels and trim
- 11-mpg fuel-economy rating
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade EXT brings a lot to the table-including the table and all the guests, if you need. A full-size truck with a twist, the Escalade EXT has a Midgate system that lets the driver decide how many passengers and how much cargo they need to move-and lets them choose one or the other or both. With a base price of almost $62,000, the EXT has no real competition, though it might seem like a bargain compared to a fully enclosed Land Rover Range Rover or a blinged-out Lincoln Navigator. (The only direct rival? The mechanically similar Chevrolet Avalanche.)
Part SUV, part pickup, the Escalade EXT's also part rap-star fantasy object with a massive dose of glitz and over-the-top detailing thrown in for good (or bad) measure, depending on how you look at it. It was overhauled in 2007 along with the short-wheelbase Escalade and the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. The overall look is refined and elegant, with an unmistakable nod to Cadillac's latest styling themes in the big vertical headlamps and taillights, the huge Cadillac logo on the grille, and in the wide bands of chrome that run down the pickup bed. Inside the EXT wears just the right mix of wood and chrome to give meaning to the Cadillac badge in the center of the steering wheel. Though there's still a bit of chintzy black plastic in the center stack, editors from TheCarConnection.com feel that the EXT's interior, like that of the other Escalade models, is among the best in the entire Cadillac lineup-up there with the new Cadillac CTS.