Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Considering Avalanche, why EXT? in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Real close to deciding on an Avalanche, someone please help me justify $15K more for the EXT...
My new neighbour has an EXT in white diamond and I have to say it looks a world better than an Avalanche! I don't like all that ugly plastic cladding on the Chev, and with Cadillac you get prestige, tradition, heritage and image as king of the road which is something no Lexus can touch IMO.
A Cadillac is the ultimate "I've made it to the top" vehicle and makes no apologies about it.
I seriously recommend driving the EXT at length with the dealer first. I own a 2003 EXT, and you get far more truck for your money, and not at $15,000 more.
Tap out the Avalanche an you come to about $42,000 new. You're missing swaths of leather, stability control, load-leveling, and about 50 ponies, just to name a few.
Your intended use should play a factor, too. I bought mine because I needed a vehicle I could cart 3 or 4 executives to luncheon meetings in but still be able to make a lumber run if necessary. If you're going to be doing more hauling 'stuff' than people, you might not want to dirty up the EXT as much.
I am just like you, in that I had the same situation. I came to this tread looking for the difference between the EXT, Avalanche, Escalde SUV and a Tahoe. If you go and look at an escalade, you will see that everything is worth it. You get more features then a chevrolet, and you will have stability that a cadillac has. When you drive down the road in a ext people WILL look at you and your car. The ext is great, and for a little extra money over the avalanche it is worth it! Why settle for something far from the best when you can get the best! One thing, if you are planning on going hard off roading i would get the avalanch; even though the ext could do it; but if you are looking for an overall great vehicle; something luxury and agile get the ext. If your loooking for luxury; your not gonna find it in the avalanche. If you just want to be another driver on the road- get an avalanche. Good luck!
It all comes down to the differences GM has always had between Chevy & Cadillac:
1. Chevy - working class, affordable, utility. (Except for the corvette..)
2. Cadillac - luxury. And the ext has turned the corner from being too 'blue-haired', looking through the steering wheel old...
Note: The avalanche has done away with the cladding on the 2005 models, I thought maybe the 2004 also. (One of Lutz' pet peeves..)
If you're woried about the $15k, maybe the avalanche is more for you
I am looking at the Avalanche with no cladding, I hate the acres of plastic too. I was going to take advantage of the current $5K rebate which is why I was rushing, but now I may just wait a while and check out the '05 EXT to see if there are any changes.
The additional warranty, the stabilitrack and active suspension, the body color "roll bar" and the quality of th interior are all huge pluses for me toward the EXT. However the though of having 2 Caddies and no pick-em-up truck that I can beat the 'spit' out of may tilt me toward Chevy in the end, plus I think if I go with the Avalanche, I really like the idea of getting the bench seat believe it or not.
i test drove the aval. and then the EXT. no question the EXT is head and shoulders above the aval. i didn't even hesitate. it's more than worth the extra money. it has more power and a better ride. driving the aval. felt like driving a bigger version of my old blazer or my friend's s10. the EXT feels like i'm driving luxury. but at the same time, i've filled the truck bed up with a bunch of stuff with no problem.