2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Launched in August 2008 as a 2009 model, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid sport-utility vehicle is unquestionably the world’s blingiest hybrid. General Motor’s characteristic hybrid-logo-with-green-leaf is rendered in large, garish chrome letters on a fender vent the size of your fist – which sits at chest level to a standard-issue human being.

Let’s be clear: the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nearly 17 feet long, weighs more than three tons and gets an EPA fuel economy rating in the low 20 miles per gallon. That’s not what most people think of when they hear “hybrid.” But, the big Caddy’s 20 mpg city is the same city mileage as a Toyota Venza crossover with all-wheel drive powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. On the highway the Venza does go farther on a gallon (two additional miles), but the Escalade Hybrid still manages to push its enormous exterior through the air at the rate of 23 mpg.

For 2013, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid’s exterior and interior is a rerun of the 2012 model with no significant changes and returns with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Prices also carryover from 2012. The standard model has a sticker price of $73,850 for two-wheel drive and $76,400 for four-wheel drive. Stepping up to the Premium Edition, RWD is priced at $83,295 and 4WD at $85,845.

Hybrid Powertrain

It’s no surprise that the Escalade Hybrid shares the same hybrid system found in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC’s Yukon hybrid SUVs since all are built on the same platform and feature the same drivetrain. The hybrid hardware combines a modified 6.0-liter 332 horsepower V8 gasoline engine, a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack and an electrically variable transmission (EVT). The transmission is made up of two 60-kilowatt (80 horsepower) electric motors, three planetary gearsets and four fixed gears that use the same space as GM’s six-speed automatic transmission. Essentially the EVT has two drive modes – hence the name “two-mode hybrid.”

The magic of the two-mode hybrid system is that the hybrid system itself generates the electric power used to propel the vehicle. When the regenerative brakes are applied or the vehicle is coasting, the electric motors within the hybrid system produce electricity that is stored in the battery pack. This stored energy is then used to move the vehicle, and the cycle repeats itself continually to increase fuel economy.

During low-speed, low-impact driving, the powertrain works just like other hybrids; it stops the V8 engine whenever possible so that it may draw power from one or both of the electric motors. With a deft foot on the go pedal, the big SUV can travel under electric power for around two miles at up to 35 mph.

The second mode is mostly for highway driving, at which time one or both electric motors can run concurrently along with the gas engine in order to provide a power boost. The two-mode transmission attempts to keep the engine running at the optimum rpm for low fuel consumption. Essentially, it manages a balancing act between the V8 engine and the electric motors. It is also responsible for making the transitions between the two modes practically seamless.

The two mode isn’t the Escalade’s only fuel saver. The V8 engine employs cylinder deactivation technology (known at GM as active fuel management). Four of the V8’s cylinders can take a rest and the engine can operate in an economical V4 mode from around 40 mph up to near 70 mph. Master this technique along with the characteristics of the two-mode, and the 26-gallon fuel tank will let you cruise for more than 500 miles on unleaded gasoline.

Not as dramatic in saving fuel as cylinder deactivation, an electrically driven, 42-volt variable-assist power steering system provides up to a 0.5-mpg fuel economy improvement compared to the common belt-driven hydraulic systems. Hey, 0.5-mpg here, 0.5-mpg there, it all adds up.

Exterior And Interior

Like its Tahoe and Yukon hybrid cousins, the Escalade’s styling dates back to 2007, but it has aged far better. Up front, the multi-faceted chrome grille, inspired by the Cadillac Sixteen show car of 2003, is so overwhelming that the huge headlights are barely noticed. Covered with chrome trim and rolling on 22-inch chromed aluminum-alloy wheels, the Escalade Hybrid still looks fresh and commands the same attention and esteem it did when introduced.

Unlike the Tahoe Hybrid on which it’s based, the Escalade takes no extreme measures to reduce weight and increase mileage. The front air dam is subtly different, but there are no other aerodynamic changes or mass reductions. It even has the standard Escalade roof rack. There is a slight difference between the base standard hybrid model and the Premium Edition. The Premium has a unique front fascia along with upper and lower grilles and a multi-spoke wheel design.

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Inside the Escalade Hybrid mimics its gasoline sibling, which means seven or eight people can ride in leather-wrapped comfort. Second-row passengers get nearly as much luxury as those up front. Heated leather captain’s chairs are standard, though leather, heated three-person bench is a no-cost option. Not only are the second-row seats comfortable, they also feature individual audio and climate controls.

The driver and front-seat passenger ride high, but the dash is positioned low, furnishing an expansive view out of the large windshield. A distinct instrument panel is a defining attribute of the interior. It includes gauges with white needles and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white-LED backlighting.

There are some hybrid-specific features. The instrument cluster adds an additional gauge that monitors the efficiency of the vehicle, and the instrument panel has some hybrid graphics. Also, the standard navigation system screen can display a graphic diagram of the hybrid system and its operation.

Basically, the Hybrid version of this big SUV is a complete option package that incorporates a raft of options offered on lesser Escalades. In addition to those included 22-inch chromed aluminum wheels, standard are remote starter, heated and cooled front seats – all rows are leather – Bluetooth, USB/iPod port and an AM/FM/XM/CD Bose audio system with MP3 capability. Phew. Other standard features include a backup camera, power liftgate, and a blind-spot detection system in each side mirror.

All of which is to say, this is a large dollop of luxury laid on what is, in the end, a very large station wagon built on a pickup truck frame. But wait, there’s more.

The Platinum Edition adds LED headlights, upgraded leather with French stitching, heated and cooled cupholders and dual front headrest DVD screens with rear entertainment system featuring a total of three LCD screens. About the Platinum Edition, Motor Trend said, “The wood inlay worthy of a Louis XIV armoire and French-stitched leather everywhere make this the best-finished cabin in an SUV as far as I’m concerned.”

For its size, the rear cargo area behind the third row is, well, puny, 16.9 cubic feet – enough room for a small grocery run, but not much more. For additional space, the third-row seatbacks can be folded, but this doesn’t yield a flat surface. The next step is tumbling the seats forward like the second-row seats. This is a pain-in-the-rear arrangement compared to competitors with a flat-fold third row.

On The Road

If you have never driven a large SUV, it takes some time to become acclimated to its size and driving dynamics. Fortunately, sight lines are excellent and the blind-spot detection system and backup camera are welcome features. As for parking the big rig, it’s best to park head in unless you are very adept at parallel parking.

For those familiar with a big SUV, the Escalade Hybrid driving experience is rather ordinary. Ordinary meaning that with a body-on-frame construction, independent front suspension and solid rear axle, the ride is slightly truck like. But only slightly. You will know when a big pothole is encountered, but it’s not a harsh event. Cadillac has smoothed the ride with a touring suspension that incorporates GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, which reads the road up to 1,000 times a second.

The Escalade Hybrid feels planted during cornering and stable when cruising at 70 mph on the highway. Forbes reported, “Escalade Hybrid is remarkably composed around curves and on rough surfaces, and is a positive locomotive on a long road trip.” NADA Guides remarked, “With a firm grip on the wheel and an eye for the next curve ahead, the Escalade performed far better than I expected.”

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

The Detroit News reviewer reported, “The ride literally glides along the highway. The 6-liter engine and electric motor produce absolutely silky smooth acceleration.” And about the steering, he says, “The electric rack-in-pinion steering feels exact without feeling overbearing. The Escalade is surprisingly easy to maneuver, and the advantage of the electric motor operating the steering system means it can tighten up at higher speeds and loosen up when silently cruising around parking lots.”

Regenerative braking systems are often dissed because of their quirky feel. But Automobile Magazine said, “Countless hours of seat time went toward blending the EVT’s regenerative braking with the Escalade’s physical braking system, and the transitions between the two are indistinguishable.”

Is The Green Tech Worth The Greenbacks?

Because Cadillac equips the Escalade Hybrid with a long list of standard features, an apples-to-apples comparison to the various gas-powered Escalade models is difficult. The closest is the base Hybrid versus the Luxury trim edition, priced at $67,395 for rear drive, $69,945 for 4WD, a $6,455 premium for the Hybrid. But comparisons should also include fuel mileage. The gas engine Escalade’s EPA ratings are 14/18/16 combined for RWD, 13/18/15 for 4WD. The Hybrid’s numbers are 20/23/21 combined for both rear- and four-wheel drive.

If you want most of the luxury amenities, eight passenger seating, the towing capacity, but none of the bling, the 2013 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid could be a better choice. Priced starting at $60,635 this GMC hybrid is more than $13,000 less than the Escalade and has the same EPA fuel economy ratings. If you want a luxury badge and are willing to give up some interior room, test drive Audi’s Q7 TDI. It’s a diesel powered seven-seat crossover with a starting price of $52.000, including all-wheel drive. That’s $24,400 less than the base 4WD Escalade and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 17/25/20 combined.

2013 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

As for cost of ownership, the 2013 Escalade Hybrid is too new to calculate. However, Vincentric, an automotive analysis firm, just released its 2012 Hybrid Analysis and since there is no price increase for the 2013 Escalade, this report is a good guideline. Comparing the gasoline Escalade to the Escalade Hybrid, Vincentric shows that the hybrid model would save $4,986 in gasoline costs over five years.

The Cadillac Escalade is certainly no Prius, but then it was never meant to be. If you need a really big seven- or eight-seat vehicle – and are flush enough to bankroll the taste of luxury, this $70,000-plus hybrid SUV may be your cup of tea.

What’s Next For The Escalade Hybrid?

General Motors had planned all-new models of its full-size sport utilities, including the Escalade, for the 2013 model year, but put off production as it worked its way through bankruptcy. Now, according to gminsidenews.com, the automaker is leaning towards canceling almost all of the hybrid variants of the new SUVs and trucks that are scheduled to debut as 2014 models at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January or 2013 Chicago Auto Show in February.

The Escalade Hybrid may escape the chopping block. If so, it will continue to be built upon GM’s full-size truck platform, including a live rear axle for towing, and will not switch to a crossover design. Fuel economy gains will come from weight reduction, a smaller displacement V8 engine, upgrading the battery to a lithium-ion pack, revised electric motors and possibly, an all-new four-mode electrically variable transmission.

Prices are manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

 


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  • Shines

    The article asks:
    If you need a really big seven-seat vehicle…

    The real question is:
    Do you really need a big seven-seat vehicle…

    And the correct answer that most people who own one don’t want to hear is: No

  • Another Greenwashed GM Car

    “It boasts fuel economy of 20 city / 21 highway”

    Let’s compare it to the non-hybrid version:
    16 city/26 highway/19 combined

    Why does GM even bothered wasting time remaking another gas guzzler? They should have either save the money or put it into Volt development.

  • Charles

    Not sure were you got your data, but at http://www.fueleconomy.gov the numbers are 12 city/ 19 highway/ 15 combined for the non-hybrid. So the hybrid is 75% better city/ 11% better highway/ 33% better combined.

    I do think it is a waste. GM needs to build high MPG hybrids. 20-21 MPG large SUVs, 20-21 MPG trucks, 28 MPG small SUVs, and 29 MPG sedans does not cut it. Toyota has the 26 MPG 3 row Highlander SUV, Ford has the 32 MPG Escape small SUV, Toyota and Nissan have 34 MPG sedans, and Ford’s new Fusion Hybrid will be 38-39 MPG. GM does have the only Hybrid pickup trucks, but the Ford F150 is 15/21/17. So the GM truck gets 33% better city, but nothing on the highway. GM, Ford and Chrysler have nothing to compete with the Toyota Prius or the new Honda Insight. The Ford Fusion can compete with the smaller Honda Civic in city (40 Civic, 41 Fusion), but the Civic kills the Fusion on the highway (45 Civic, 36 Fusion).

  • Another Greenwashed GM Car

    The numbers are from a GM website. It appears the numbers are quoted in Imperial gallon instead of US gallon. Not exactly the same comparison. My mistake.

    Still a gas guzzler. Still a greenwashed vehicle with a giant hybrid badge that’s more smoke and mirrors. GM better learn quickly the public is not as clueless as they used to be especially in the internet age.

  • Giant

    $85K and it has a cheap looking dashboard.

    I was filling up my Camry Hybrid the other day, when someone pulled into the station with a Escalade SUV. I had to wonder why on earth anyone would want that monster ego machine, but then I realized I need to park my self-righteous ego and recognize we’re all on different paths. Hopefully we can convince people who value this kind of stuff to see things differently.

  • Boom Boom

    As much as I think this car is utterly useless, if there is a market for it and people buy it, there is no denying that it will save gas. And for that, I think it is a good thing. (I’m not convinced that a significant percentage of large SUV drivers are going to pay extra for a hybrid. We’ll see what the sales numbers say.)

  • Paul Beerkens

    After reading this article I can only think that we are all going to be doomed. Better get my son into swimming lessons soon because he is going to need it.

  • AP

    If you accept the facts that
    1) there are people who are buying large luxury SUV’s in their non-hybrid version, and
    2) they are not interested in Prii, Insights, etc.,
    then it is clear that making SUV’s hybrids has a large effect on fuel consumption.

    In fact, it is more important to convert trucks to hybrid use than cars. Increasing the fuel economy in stop and go driving of an Escalade from 12 to 20 MPG saves TWICE as much fuel as increasing a smaller car from 24 to 40 MPG. If you look at it that way, each hybrid truck has the effect of two hybrid cars.

    I personally don’t understand the lure of SUV’s, but people want them, and people buy them. You will not turn all these purchasers into Prius-drivers. So rather than ridicule a manufacturer who is making a hybrid product that saves twice as much fuel as a hybrid compact, give them a little credit. Sure, moving them out of their conventional Escalade in a compact hybrid might take their city fuel economy from 12 to 40 MPG (instead of 20), but that’s not going to happen.

    Saving 40% of the fuel an SUV would use (going to 20 MPG) may not be as good as saving 70% (going to 40 MPG in a compact), but it’s still HUGE.

    One of the biggest problems in America is that people want it their way or nothing. You can’t make other people give up SUV’s, so let them join in on the hybrid bandwagon.

    This isn’t “compacthybridcarsonly.com, “is it?

  • Shines

    When I was in my youth (1960s) Chevy Suburbans existed but few owned them. Our family of 5 drove 350 miles every summer to a cottage in a Ford Falcon station wagon (that would be about the size of a Toyota Corolla today). In the 1980s Ford came out with the Explorer and Chrysler the mini van. Suddenly every family needed a larger vehicle. Last summer with gas prices reaching over $4.00 a gallon suddenly people started to rethink the need to own such large vehicles. I agree that if you need such a vehicle it certainly would be better a hybrid. But hybrid or electric or diesel more energy is needed to move such large vehicles around. I still think most people who think they do – do not need such vehicles. As the cost of energy (and everything else) increases I think more folks will be downsizing. GM’s 2-mode hybrid system is a good one, hopefully they can get it working on (at least slightly) smaller vehicles.

  • AP

    Shines, I’m in my late 40′s, and I agree completely with you. Before CAFE, no one drove trucks except farmers and construction workers. Once CAFE kicked in, and then fuel prices dropped, people wanted bigger cars, couldn’t buy them cheaply because of CAFE, and then bought trucks cheaply instead. Smart plan, CAFE.

    In real terms, gasoline was more expensive in the mid 1970′s and early 1980′s than it is now, so I don’t think people are going to get the idea to move to cars unless they KNOW gas will be above $4.

  • Anonymous

    And why no two-mode
    Malibu, Cobalt, or Aveo5?

    They should also make 2-mode CTS and CTW

    I would like a Yellow Cobalt two-mode in yellow with a sunroof and 6-speed manual transmission with no-lift-shift

  • GR

    Living in LA, from the numerous Land Rovers that I see on the streets, I know that there are some that will never give up their luxury SUV, even given the fact that SUVs are pretty high polluters (and despite the fact that Land Rover doesn’t make a very reliable vehicle…but that’s another story).

    That being said, years ago LOTS of kids wanted an Escalade (including myself). Not that I didn’t care about the environment, but seeing musicians, actors, and the wealthy drive cars like those around on MTV made people aspire to have that same car.

    Fortunately now, I believe a good majority of kids are more conscious about the environment and may be more likely to get a Prius or other hybrid over an Escalade (not all, but many). I think this was a smart move of GM to build an expensive SUV that gives them a little better green image with the rich while helping their bottom line (which they desperately need right now).

    An even better idea if they could pull it off successfully would be to phase out the non-hybrid Escalade and soley make the hybrid version. That would definitely help solidify their green image in the luxury market.

  • AP

    GR and Anonymous, you both have good ideas. Smaller two-modes should be made, and I’m sure they will. The Escalade is a more profitable vehcile to offset the cost of the hybrid system with, and should get the ball rolling. And yes, making all Escalades hybrids would make a lot of sense.

    That would be a good thing to suggest to GM.

  • AP

    Also, since most SUV’s are fashion statements, I wish we could get back to the days when muscle cars were the fashion. It doesn’t take nearly as much fuel to push one of those around. Since we have the Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro (soon) on line, that could move the market some.

    Hybridizing them would only help, and straight-line performance would be good very good, but making a hybrid powertrain as responsive as an ICE w/manual transmission isn’t trivial. For most customers, who buy automatics anyway….

  • Charles

    Hello AP;

    “One of the biggest problems in America is that people want it their way or nothing. You can’t make other people give up SUV’s, so let them join in on the hybrid bandwagon.”

    Well these selfish ignorant people are polluting my world. What gives them the right? Money?

    I know there is no political will to do the right thing, but outlawing these huge vehicles for private ownership would be the correct thing to do. At least ration CO2 for personal travel. How about a free 2,400 Kg (15,000 miles an 160 grams/mile). The next 500 Kg costs you a $500. The next 500 Kg costs $1000. The next 500Kg costs $2000. You see the pattern. Make it so that a large SUV gift, is affordable to drive.

  • AP

    Charles, like it or not, having money does bring certain perks. If it didn’t, no one would work hard to earn them, no one would produce anything, and no one would have anything. Rationing gasoline in “peace time” is a drastic measure that creates bureaucracy and intrusion into everyone’s lives. Just as logical would be to limit people to 1500 square foot homes to reduce energy usage. Outlawing the vehicles is impossible (and ineffective) – too many ways around it.

    I agree that we need to discourage the usage of fuel, though. I think a much simpler way is to tax it more and return the revenue evenly as an income tax credit to all tax filers (stop me if you’ve heard it before). Most people will be discouraged enough to not buy SUV’s, and smaller cars would be more valued by customers.

  • bill yuchema

    You know I thought the same thing. Until I borrowed one from a friend for a week.

    I fell in love with this. IT was so safe, you rode high and it was so comfortable on long trips.

    I would buy one except the millage was terrible.

    However the hybrid solves this issue. So its really an amazing vehicle.

    The dash is not plastic btw. It was quite nice. The toyota on the other hand is plastic.

    So I give this vehicle high marks and it will save you family in a accident.

  • Another Greenwahsed GM Car

    bill,

    The safest vehicles are the one that allow the driver to avoid one. This factor is not measured in a crash test. Roll over is a significant factor in an SUV. SUV often false sense of security and safety in an SUV is over rated in my opinion. Take a look the following link from wiki for other safety exposures of an SUV.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_sport_utility_vehicles#Safety

  • steved28

    70-85K for a car is ridiculous IMO. Not because it’s too much for some people, but because GM should not be wasting it’s assembly lines for a niche market. Why am I asked to provide tax dollars to bail out a company that dedicates a line of vehicles to rap singers and spoiled hollywood actors? Every day people come onto this and other hybrid sites complaining about a hybrid that might approach 30K, but somehow this one gets a pass.

  • DJB

    Well, if you want to do your conspicuous consumption in a way that’s slightly less damaging to the environment, the Escalade Hybrid seems like a good way to go. (Wouldn’t it be nice if we cared more about feeding hungry children than buying a $70,000 boat?)

    Of course, we need vehicles of all kinds that can actually be powered by clean-renewable energy.

    Talk to me when there’s an Escalade plug-in hybrid.

  • TNF

    In 2003 G.M. put 225 2 mode hybrid buses on the west coast, those 225 buses saved more fuel than 90,000 Toyota Prius. Why take a 76 h.p. small car that would have gotten upper 30 mpg’s and take it to mid 40′s. As stated in the article the Escalade saves more fuel vs. a regular Escalade than a small car that has been hybridized. Until people quit buying large vehicles I think it is smarter to start with the vehicles that don’t get as good fuel economy and improve them than to take a car that already gets good fuel economy and put a hybrid premium on it to get a little better fuel economy.
    Also check out consumer reports winner and losers hybrid article, GM’s Saturn VUE was the winner, I think the Prius finish 6th.

  • Shines

    Now that it has been a couple of years we have learned that the 2mode hybrid system – designed for Diesel freight train engines is not as reliable when scaled down. It has too many moving parts and is more expensive to manufacture than other hybrid systems. Maybe that is why only 14 of these were sold last month.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    I can’t believe this vehicle is even legally able to be called a hybrid. There should be some standard or minimum mileage.

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Zack Gregor

    Actually this car gets better city millage than a Camey or equal.

    My bigger question is why does this site sill promote Toyota when Toyota cars are now lower quality and technology than other manufactures..

    I see that they are still making the Prius the highest millage car where the Volt millage is still superior. Very biased site.

    Also where is the Chevy Cruze and new ford focus gas at 40 mpg close to the TDI

    This site is so out of date.

  • Shines

    Hi Zack – according to http://www.fueleconomy.gov the Malibu, Camry and Fusion get 22 – 23 mpg city and the Escalade hybrid gets 20 mpg city so it does NOT get better city mileage than midsized cars. This site is hybridcars.com and the best selling hybrid happens to be the Prius – its just a fact. This site does show the Volt and an article posted on this site compares the Volt favorably against the plug in Prius (which isn’t even available yet) – so I am not sure what you are saying about this site being out of date. As I type this I see a GM ad for the Cadillac CTS Sports Sedan so GM seems to think this site is relevant or they wouldn’t adverstize on it. Both the Escalade and the Volt cost over $40k. I am looking forward to seeing GM produce a hybrid Cruze that gets over 40 mpg city as well as over 40 mpg highway and that is afforable…

  • nyc

    SUVs are not safe. They only make you feel safe. First of.all their greater mass makes them more difficult to control. Then their higher center of gravity encourages flipping over. The sense of safety encourages risky driving. They often think 4wd makes up for no snow tires. They driver dangerously in bad conditions. Now more importantly… Guns are dangerous… Primarily to others. So are suvs. They interfere with vision for other drivers. Their have longer stopping distances. They transfer more momentum because of their greater mass when they impact.

  • nyc

    SUVs are not safe. They only make you feel safe. First of.all their greater mass makes them more difficult to control. Then their higher center of gravity encourages flipping over. The sense of safety encourages risky driving. They often think 4wd makes up for no snow tires. They driver dangerously in bad conditions. Now more importantly… Guns are dangerous… Primarily to others. So are suvs. They interfere with vision for other drivers. Their have longer stopping distances. They transfer more momentum because of their greater mass when they impact.

  • nyc

    SUVs are not safe. They only make you feel safe. First of.all their greater mass makes them more difficult to control. Then their higher center of gravity encourages flipping over. The sense of safety encourages risky driving. They often think 4wd makes up for no snow tires. They driver dangerously in bad conditions. Now more importantly… Guns are dangerous… Primarily to others. So are suvs. They interfere with vision for other drivers. Their have longer stopping distances. They transfer more momentum because of their greater mass when they impact.

  • coco brown

    In cases where you have a large family….absolutely! We have 6 people in our home and we also enjoy the comfort that comes with a luxury vehicle. We had a benz but it does not compare to the Escalade when you are in need of space.

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  • Arthur Kukri

    It was pretty quick that GM came out with this large hybrid SUV once the Hybrid craze swept across America. I’m wondering how long it’ll be until they put out an Electric SUV. Now THAT would take some battery technology. LA Fitness

  • wake up

    The Volt has proven to be another big waste of tax payer money in case you haven’t heard and production is on hold. I was in an accident when a dump truck pulled out in front of me with my children in my GMC full sized SUV which is the only thing that saved us. Two witnesses contacted me and said they would never again feel safe in a small car. If the hood of my car had been 4 inches lower, the bed of the dumptruck would have taken off the top of our vehicle including our heads.

  • JohnD11

    The major strength of the Hybrid car is, its Significantly improved fuel economy over conventional Escalade, generous standard features and eight-passenger seating capacity.
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  • tapra1

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  • Carros de Luxo

    Yea, i agree in does show the Volt and an article posted on this site compares the Volt favorably against the plug in Prius

  • Bud

    I guess if you want to ride around in a small box, a Prius is the answer. But me, I like a vehicle that is large enough that I don’t need to get out of it to change my mind. I also look at the safety of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    “Actually this car gets better city millage than a Camey or equal.”

    Don’t make me laugh.

    Real world data on the GMC 900 hybrids is thin. Fuelly reports only two Tahoe hybrids, both 2009s, which are averaging 19.7mpg. Yeah, that’s not bad for what they are but…

    1. Toyota Camrys, including the V6s, are averaging upper 20s and low 30s.
    2. The Escalade doesn’t save any fuel if nobody buys it… which pretty much turns out to be the case.

  • c_harnett

    Zack: “Actually this car gets better city millage than a Camey or equal.”

    Don’t make me laugh. Per Fuelly, the two Tahoe hybrids that people have bothered to report on are averaging 19.7mpg. Camrys get upper 20s to low 30s, depending on the year.

    And the Escalade/Tahoe/Yukon hybrids don’t save *any* fuel if nobody buys them… which is pretty much the case.

    That’s the same deal with the Volt, by the way. It might get fabulous (simply fabulous) mpg numbers but the bazillion Priuses that Toyota has sold are actually saving a lot more fuel than the paltry few Volts on the road.

    GM’s got a lot of catching up to do.

    If the site is biased, well, it seems to be biased towards what actually works.

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