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The 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT – One Last Time

Published June 23, 2012

Cadillac’s goal is to never disappoint. They couldn’t have made that point any clearer with the new Cadillac Escalade EXT. Its enormous 6.2L V8 engine pushing over 400 horsepower makes it the ultimate combination of power and luxury. While it’s not much different compared to the 2012 version, the EXT manages to excite every truck lover. It took the regular Cadillac Escalade as well as the Chevy Avalanche, which is also made by GM, and combined it into one spectacular fully loaded vehicle. Unfortunately, Cadillac still has some work to do with this car. There are a couple of key issues that will turn away perspective buyers, especially it’s gas mileage.

Pros & Cons of the 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT


  • 403 Horse Power @ 5,700 RPM
  • Cadillac Luxury Package, which includes a rear-view camera, heated seats, and more
  • Active Fuel Management
  • 8,000 Pounds of Tow


  • Not much difference between the last two years of EXT’s
  • Bad gas mileage: 13 City – 18 Highway. Cars in 1992 produced better fuel economy.
  • Pricey, a new one will run you over $60,000, in its base/stock model

On The Road

          What Cadillac brings to the table when you’re actually on the road is what makes the EXT worth it. First of all, it’s extremely fast. It hits zero to sixty in 6.2 seconds, not bad for a truck that weigh’s over 7,000 pounds. It drives extremely smooth, as you would expect from a new Cadillac. For a 6.2L V8, you wouldn’t even know it’s turned on when stopped at a red light.

Durability is a key when talking about cars. The EXT is a durable truck. Cadillac offers just about the best warranty and coverage plan of any automobile company. Free road-side emergency, free oil changes, free tune ups, expedited repairs, and more, all of which you get by purchasing a new EXT. Unlike many other manufactures, you can actually count on your Cadillac truck not to break down, regardless of how many miles it gets. I’ve seen some of these trucks hit over 150,000 miles, and they still drive like they just came out of Detroit.

One Last Time

It’s been speculated and reported, though not officially announced, that this will be the last year of existence for the EXT. It looks like Cadillac has decided to focus their efforts on the other Escalade’s, as well as the new Cadillac models that they have recently introduced into the market. I was pretty sad when I heard about the news, as it’s been one of my favorite trucks since its inception. The EXT sales have been going down tremendously over the last few years. While every car manufacturer took a hit during the recession, the EXT was hit especially hard, with it selling only 2,000 trucks this past year. This represents an 85% decrease in sales since 2002, while the regular Escalade has only seen a drop of about 55% in the same period of time.

I heard once that the EXT was the most stolen car in America. I guess that means nobody wants to purchase it.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

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