|2013 Cadillac Escalade|
Available in both standard and Platinum form, the Escalade Hybrid has a dizzying amount of technology, features and luxury to dismantle in order to fully appreciate what is on offer.
For starters, all Escalade Hybrid models feature the same powertrain, which features a 6.0-liter V8 engine with Active Fuel Management and late intake valve closing (Atkinson-cycle combustion process) for reduced pumping losses and better overall fuel economy. That gas engine is good for 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel.
Of course, that is only half the equation as there is also a two-mode hybrid delivery system that utilizes a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System, which combined with the V8 improves fuel economy by 33 percent in the city of the standard Escalade, coming in at 20 miles per gallon in the city.
Although it is a hybrid, this SUV still has available four-wheel drive, although two-wheel drive comes standard. Towing ranges from 5,600 lbs on the 4WD models to 5,800 lbs on the 2WD models.
Escalade Hybrid has an extensive list of features and advanced technology that come as standard, including: side blind zone alert, power retractable assist steps, ultrasonic rear parking assist, rear vision camera system, Bose AudioPilot active noise cancellation technology, which continuously adjusts the music in response to background noise, power-tilting and heated steering wheel, eight-inch navigation screen with CompactFlash memory, rear-seat, roof-mounted DVD system, heated and cooled front seats, adaptive remote start, a power liftgate and more.