2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 2WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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.

Two new clean-diesel models of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Audi Q7 offer alternatives for drivers who want to use less fuel, especially on the highway.

Both German vehicles provide strong towing capacity and superior highway fuel economy, without the smoke and clatter of earlier diesels.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Escalade Hybrid provides performance, functionality, and luxury, but uses far less fuel.
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
The 2010 Lexus RX 450h pleases green do-gooders and upscale shopaholics alike. Driving enthusiasts, though, should look elsewhere.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V8Gas V6Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class  
N/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name  
2WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L PrestigeFWD 4-Door Hybrid
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door SUV4-Door SUV
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODECVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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