Vehicles Axed in 2013

Vehicles Axed in 2013
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Cadillac Escalade EXT and Escalade Hybrid

Utility is usually a strong selling point for larger vehicles. If you’re going to settle for a truck with terrible mileage, it better have more storage space than a cruiseliner’s cargo hold. Blending the seating capacity of a traditional SUV with the open-box versatility of a pickup is Cadillac’s Escalade EXT. It’s essentially a gilded version of the more pedestrian Chevrolet Avalanche, and it’s just as dead. This Caddy was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivered 403 HP and 417 LB-FT of torque. Additionally it was available with either rear- or all-wheel drive, but even with extra traction it couldn’t pull itself out of the grave.

In addition to the EXT model, the Escalade hybrid is finished as well. This full-size luxury SUV was designed to maximize fuel economy and it was appreciably more efficient than the standard model. Its drivetrain centered on a 6.0-liter V8 engine that put out 332 HP and 367 LB-FT of torque. With rear- or all-wheel drive the electrified ‘Scalade stickered at 20 miles per gallon city and 23 on the open road. That’s A LOT better than the 15 MPG average a standard AWD version could muster.

  • MistyGreen

    Wait a sec, the Tribeca came out as a 2013 model and is now out as a 2014.

  • Zack

    A simple list with descriptions and pictures is nice. I hate these slideshows you have to wait to load…

  • Verge Godemiché

    Regarding the Audi TT-RS, the article complains that 5-cylinder engines are not enjoyable and “go against physics.” Then it says the motor was fantastic in the TT-RS. Is your author schizophrenic?

    I seem to remember some awesome Audi Quattro 20-valve 5-cylinder rallye cars back in the 80’s. This motor is a VW-Audi staple. If I remember correctly Audi first employed the 5-cylinder engine in the 1976 Audi 100. Bullsh*t about “moaning like a camel.” I think they’ve got it working like a champ over the last 38 years.

  • ColumWood

    I believe Craig was complaining about the regular 2.5L 5-cyl used in the Golf and other cars. The Audi’s TT-RS’s 2.5T is amazing. We’re big fans! http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/audi/2012-audi-ttrs-review-video-1800.html