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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Cadillac Escalade

2/24/2013
The Cadillac Escalade was one of the first luxury-branded SUVs to go on sale in the 1990s, and was the first truck to ever wear a Cadillac wreath-and-crest badge. The Escalade became an American pop culture icon, and today the full-size SUV has adapted to increased consumer sensitivity regarding fuel economy and global warming with a gas-electric hybrid model rated by the EPA to get 21 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

The Escalade is scheduled for a complete redesign for 2014, which means Cadillac dealers are increasingly eager to move existing inventory. If you are tempted to buy the current version of the Escalade, here are 5 things you should know about this large luxury SUV.

1.) Cadillac sells 4 different versions of the 2013 Escalade. The standard Escalade is an 8-passenger model with 3 rows of seats, sharing its platform for the Chevrolet Tahoe. Customers seeking more than the standard Escalade's 108.3 cu. ft. of maximum cargo volume can opt for the Escalade ESV model, which is based on the Chevrolet Suburban and provides up to 137.4 cu. ft. of maximum cargo space. Both models contain an E85-compatible, 6.2-liter V-8 engine equipped with Active Fuel Management technology. The horsepower rating is 403, and this engine can tow up to 8,300 lbs.

2.) The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid shares its size with the standard Escalade, and is equipped with a two-mode hybrid powertrain pairing a 6.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management and an automatic stop/start system with a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack recharged by a regenerative braking system, an electrically variable transmission, and electric steering. A full hybrid, the Escalade Hybrid can operate solely on electricity up to 30 mph, and is rated by the EPA to return 21 mpg in combined driving while generating 332 horsepower and towing up to 5,800 lbs. of trailer. Four-wheel drive is optional.

3.) A cross between a pickup truck and a luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade EXT is a 5-passenger vehicle equipped with a cargo bed that expands by folding the rear seat and removing the rear wall of the cabin to accommodate items that are up to 8 feet long. The Escalade EXT can tow up to 7,600 lbs. and carry up to 1,230 lbs. of payload. Fold the rear seat down, and the vehicle offers 54.3 cu. ft. of covered and locked, in-cabin cargo capacity. That is more than the cargo bed itself, which measures 45.5 cu. ft. under the standard tonneau. Unlike other Escalade models, the EXT is made in Mexico rather than Texas.

4.) Every 2013 Cadillac Escalade is equipped with an OnStar telematics system including one free year of Automatic Crash Response and Crisis Assist services. Each is intended to put the Escalade's driver in touch with a live operator in cases of emergency so that help can be rushed to the SUV's location if necessary.

5.) A standard Cadillac Shield comprehensive warranty, maintenance, and roadside assistance program is included for every 2013 Escalade. It protects owners with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, free maintenance for selected scheduled services for the duration of the basic warranty, and free roadside assistance for the first five years of ownership.