The Difference Between an Escalade EXT & an Escalade ESV

by Constance Keasler
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Cadillac is the luxury division of General Motors. The 1999 Escalade is the division's first sport utility vehicle. In 2007, Cadillac added the Escalade EXT and the Escalade ESV body styles to the line. The Escalade EXT is classified as a crew cab lightweight truck. As of 2010, there is no other vehicle on the market in a similar price range like the Escalade EXT. Based on its niche acceptance, GM limits production of the EXT. The Cadillac ESV is the longer Escalade with four doors, extended wheelbase and three rows of seating for up to eight passengers.

Vehicle Summary for the 2010 Models

The Escalade EXT and ESV have all-wheel drive, a 6.2-liter, 403-hp, V-8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and an automatic/manual transmission. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the fuel efficiency of the EXT and the ESV at 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. The three Escalade EXT styles are Base, Luxury and Premium. The Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum Escalade ESV styles are available in a 4 x 2 and all-wheel drive.

Colors of 2010 Models

the EXTerior colors available for the EXT are Black Raven, Celestial Blue, Silver Lining and White Diamond Tricoat. Ebony with Ebony Accents and Cashmere are the available EXT interior colors. The Escalade ESV comes in Black Ice, Black Raven, Celestial Blue, Galaxy Gray, Gold Mist, Infrared Tintcoat, Silver Lining, Stealth Gray and White Diamond Tricoat exteriors. The ESV interior colors are Cashmere, Cocoa/Light Linen and Ebony with Ebony Accents.

Pricing for 2010 Models

The manufacturers suggested retail price for the Escalade EXT ranges from $61,420 to $69,000 based on styles and options. As of April 2010, there are no rebates or incentives offered on the EXT or the ESV. Depending on the style and options the manufacturers suggested retail price for the Escalade ESV ranges from $65,100 to $86,680.

New Standard Equipment for 2010 Models

The Active Fuel Management feature in the EXT and ESV shuts off four cylinders when it senses a light load condition, improving fuel consumption. Other new EXT features include front seat mounted side air bags, a USB port, and a battery saver function. The USB port is new in the ESV as well as the Luxury and Premium trims.

Expert Reviews about the 2010 Models

In regard to the top of the line Escalade ESV Platinum, Car and Driver wrote, "At nearly 19 feet long and dripping with what seems like 500 pounds of chrome, the Cadillac ESV Platinum is the biggest, glitziest, most conspicuously consumptive vehicle in General Motors' lineup". About the Escalade EXT Car and Driver wrote, "The Caddy tows less than the Chevy and doesn't have as much passenger space as an Escalade SUV. We don't get it."

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