There are three Cadillac Escalade body styles to choose from: Escalade, the extended-length Escalade ESV and the unique Escalade EXT luxury sport-utility truck.

For 2010, the Escalade’s 6.2L V-8 engine is equipped with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology, which automatically shuts off four cylinders in certain low-load driving conditions. Other changes include side thorax airbags added to the front outboard seats and a revised inner door design for enhanced side-impact protection.

The Escalade lineup features integrated powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems that deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUVs in the segment, led by a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Escalade and Escalade ESV are available in AWD and 2WD configurations. The Escalade EXT sport-utility truck features standard, full-time AWD. Large, four-wheel disc brakes and a Bosch ABS system help ensure braking performance. ABS works with the StabiliTrak stability control system’s rollover mitigation technology.

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum is the fullest expression of the brand’s dramatic design, luxury and technology. It returns for 2010 with distinctive features, such as segment-first LED headlamps and exclusive interior appointments. The Platinum is the most luxurious model in the 2010 Escalade lineup and one of the most technically advanced SUVs on the market.

Base model estimated mpg: 12/19

Estimated starting price: $61,000

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