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2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT is one of the most luxurious and comfortable pickups available, but some rivals offer nearly as much luxury, as well as greater towing and hauling capability.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious interior
  • Refined ride
  • Can’t tow as much as other trucks
  • Design started to show its age




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

Reviewers said that the 2011 Escalade EXT is a fairly good performer with relatively agile handling despite its size, and a comfortable, refined ride. Most reviewers were also pleased with the Escalade EXT’s standard V8, and said it provides plenty of power. The Escalade EXT has standard all-wheel drive, and achieves 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is on par with other trucks with similar-sized engines, but less than what some rivals with smaller engines achieve. The Escalade EXT can tow 7,600 pounds, which is less than what most regular full-size pickups can tow.

While one reviewer said that the Escalade EXT’s interior design was beginning to look stale, most agreed the cabin was still the standard bearer of luxury in a pickup in 2011, with great fit and finish. They said the five-seat cabin delivers plenty of comfort and space in both rows of seats. The Escalade EXT comes with GM’s Midgate, which allows the rear partition to fold down to increase the length of the bed. The 2011 Escalade EXT is better-equipped than other full-size trucks, with a 10-speaker Bose stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, tri-zone climate control, a backup camera and navigation. Features that were optional when it was new included a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and upgraded interior materials as part of the Platinum package.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2011 Ford F-150 is highly rated, and reviewers said its top trims offer a level of luxury that rivals trucks like the Escalade EXT. They also liked its available engines, which were all-new for 2011, and enable the F-150 to achieve one of the highest tow ratings for the class.

The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 was also well-liked by reviewers for its refined ride and capable engines. Reviewers said the Denali trim makes the Sierra 1500 among the best in the segment in terms of luxury features.   

Compare the Escalade EXT to the F-150 and Sierra 1500 »

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