Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

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Cadillac Continues to Redefine the American Luxury Vehicle

For the better part of its existence, the name Cadillac has been used as a synonym denoting the best of the best. Throughout the 50's and 60's, a Cadillac was the vehicle in which upper-income Americans aspired to be seen driving. If your neighbor had a Caddy in his driveway and you didn't, he had arrived and you were still running to catch up. But times change. Today, more and more people are opting for trucks over cars. So Cadillac—and its arch rival Lincoln—have ventured into the upscale truck market, and the public seems to approve whole-heartedly. Although many will make comparisons between the Blackwood and the EXT, the two are vastly different in both concept and mission.

While the Blackwood may look like a truck, from a functional standpoint it behaves more like a rear-wheel drive car. The EXT, on the other hand, can be ordered in either 2- or 4-wheel drive and supports a variety of bed configurations—including the ability to create an 8-foot long cargo box. The floor of the EXT's cargo bay is covered with a removable rubber mat for easy clean up and the durable three-piece cargo cover is peppered with integrated storage bins along its top and sides. The ingenious Midgate design permits owners to securely carry everything from antique armoires to a pair of personal watercrafts. And they can safely traverse any road condition, thanks to Cadillac's all-wheel-drive system, StabiliTrak traction control and an electronic road-sensing suspension.

Power for the EXT comes from Cadillac's LQ9 V8 engine, which produces an amazing 345-horsepower. This is one of GM's best V8's yet. Its quiet, smooth and returns a very respectable fuel mileage figure for a full-sized truck. Inside, the EXT won't disappoint, as its interior design is basically a carbon copy of that found in the Escalade SUV, minus the third row seats. Other highlights include an ultra-sonic rear parking assist and the most advanced version of OnStar to date.

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