Cadillac gives its big luxury SUV a green twist with a hybrid power train. The truck sports hybrid badges and labels on all sides, making no secret of its hybrid system.
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At 5,726 pounds, the Escalade Hybrid is a heavyweight. Besides making room for the battery pack and hybrid systems, the Escalade Hybrid is the same as a gas-only Escalade.
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The engine is a 6-liter V-8, tuned for more torque than horsepower. It's mated to GM's two-mode transmission, which incorporates electric motors that can drive the car.
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There are few options available on the Escalade Hybrid, as most are included, such as navigation and third row seating.
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We were disappointed with the Escalade Hybrid's rough ride and didn't feel that it lived up to the Cadillac brand in that respect.
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These running boards, the only option on our truck, automatically fold up when the doors close.
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The third row seats can be folded up, or removed completely.
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The interior quality is very good in the Escalade Hybrid, using leather and soft materials over the dashboard, not to mention wood trim.
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Cadillac includes switch gear between the steering wheel spokes. We would like to see these buttons better integrated with the steering wheel, rather that just bolted onto the sides.
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Although it is a hybrid, the instrument cluster still has a tachometer. But there is an electricity gauge on the cluster that shows when you are draining or recharging the battery.
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The stack includes a touch-screen LCD, DVD slot for the navigation system, a six-disc changer slot, and HVAC controls.
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Cadillac does an excellent job of integrating traffic information with its navigation system.
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The stereo can display the contents of an MP3 CD as if it was an MP3 player, but scanning CDs to get this display takes a long time, and you have to rescan every time you start the car.
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We like the phone screen, and are happy to finally get Bluetooth support on GM vehicles, but this system doesn't download contact lists from phones.
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The power flow animation shows when you are using the engine and electric motors.
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The rear-view camera has object recognition and will put a hazard icon over obstacles in the car's path.
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The rear seat gets its own entertainment controls. These RCA jacks are the only means of plugging in an MP3 player.
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The ceiling-mounted LCD is standard with the Escalade Hybrid, but gets in the way of the rear-view mirror.
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Blind-spot detection is also standard on the Escalade Hybrid and is a new technology for GM.
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