2. Cadillac Escalade EXT, “standard” trim, all-wheel drive – $64,055
Believe it or not luxury automakers didn’t always build trucks. In the past they actually earned their keep by selling cars, but that business model is a distant memory. It faded away around the same time the saber-toothed tiger went extinct.
Like the somewhat more workaday Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac’s Escalade EXT is essentially a full-size SUV with an open bed. It features a flexible cargo hold and a comfortable cabin, which is a good thing, because one glance at the window sticker could give an unsuspecting shopper the vapors. A cushy seat to collapse into is a great way for dealers to avoid slip-and-fall lawsuits.
With all-wheel drive on board the “standard” trim EXT stickers for more than $64,000. At that price it ought to come with a backyard and a new roof. Of course owners are treated to all kinds of luxury amenities, things like French-stitched leather, a heated steering wheel and power-retractable running boards. But as pricey as the Escalade is, it only comes in second place, which means one automaker has even bigger cajones than GM.