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The Cadillac of pickup trucks

2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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It's difficult to imagine what customer segment the designers at GM had in mind when they came up with the idea of the Cadillac Escalade EXT. The 2007 model that just arrived into the CNET Car Tech garage boasts a dazzling array of tech features: heated and cooled front seats, a factory-installed DVD player, DVD-based touch-screen navigation, as-standard XM Satellite radio playing through an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system 8-foot cargo bed.

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With all-wheel drive and a monstrous 6.2-liter engine, the EXT could theoretically be used to haul around stacks of 50-gallon drums or to tow manual log splitters. For outdoorsy types, there's even the option of an "open-air driving experience" with the release of the midgate panel behind the rear seats.

But with a price tag of $60K, this is one pickup that's more likely to be found on Rodeo Drive than driving to a rodeo. We'll be rolling up our sleeves to bring a full review of the '07 Escalade EXT to CNET Car Tech shortly.