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2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT

2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT
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The 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT is an exercise in extremes. Extreme luxury, extreme power, extreme versatility! The EXT is a luxury sport utility truck. If you thought that there was no way to combine luxury with the brawn and toughness needed in a pickup, think again. It seats five and, like the Chevy Avalanche, has a collapsible midgate wall separating the truck bad from the cab. Lowered, the truck bed is longer but the seating is reduced to two. So there is your versatility. The engine is one of the most powerful in an SUV, coming from a 6-liter V8. There is your power. As for luxury…lets just say, it easier to add up the features it doesn't have than those it does. Oh, and the ones it doesn't have are available as optional extras.

Available Models
The 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT is offered in one base trim. The Escalade SUV and the extended ESV and extra-luxury ESV Platinum are each covered in separate reviews.

Interior Features
The four-door Cadillac Escalade EXT is a capital L Luxury vehicle…and the luxury is everywhere. XM Satellite radio, OnStar emergency assistance and communication, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an overhead console (universal garage-door opener, rear radio controls, rear headphone jacks) and a seven-speaker Bose AM/FM/cassette player with in-dash 6-disc CD changer top the list.

Available as options are such features as touch-screen controlled navigation, DVD entertainment, and a power sunroof and…wait a minute, the rest is all included! Actually, I'm wrong, admittedly you have to get the ESV Platinum Edition for the heated and cooled cup-holders!

Exterior Features
The transforming Escalade EXT is a crew cab pickup with a midgate wall between the cab and cargo bed. Once the rear window is removed and the midgate folded with the rear seat, its cargo bed extends from 5.3 ft to 8.1 ft. The standard towing package includes hitch and frame, wiring harness, load-levelling suspension and a boat. No…boat and trailer are extra, but you do have over 7000lbs of capacity to pull with so get a big boat.

Like the rest of the Cadillac Escalade lineup, the EXT has a massive, spine-tingling engine under its hood. It is a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with 345 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. It is linked to a heavy-duty, electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Electronic throttle control provides precise throttle progression.

All-wheel drive is standard. The Escalade EXT is able to handle everything any road can throw at it with GM's StabiliTrak stability system and road-sensing suspension.

Safety and Security
Naturally, with all the other details, the designers haven't forgotten about safety. The Escalade EXT features antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, antiskid, traction control, rear-obstacle detection, dual front and front-side airbags, and a tire-pressure monitor.

2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT - Vehicle Highlights

Premium instrument cluster with bright chrome trim
Burled walnut trim
Bright chrome exhaust tip
Touch-screen navigation with 6.5-inch (165-mm) screen
Riptide (teal blue metallic) exterior paint
Cooling system with more powerful 160 amp alternator
OnStar Gen 6 hardware with enhanced hands-free capability
60/40 rear bench seating

Fast Stats
MSRP from
6.0L V8
345 @ 5200
4-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
13 / 17

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