Cadillac Escalade EXT
Base engine 6.0L/345-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD
Fuel economy, mpg 12/16
Price range $49,990-$52,490
What’s Hot: Excellent ride, loads of hp and torque, La-Z-Boy-like seats
What’s Not: High price, poor mpg, overactive Stabilitrac system
What’s New: First Caddy truck shares Avalanche platform, high-output V-8, AWD, lux interior, and semi-active suspension from Escalade SUV


Chevrolet Avalanche
Base engine 5.3L/285-hp OHV V-8
Opt engine 8.1L/340-hp OHV V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Fuel economy, mpg 14/18 (5.3L 2WD), 13/17 (5.3L 4WD)
Price range $30,245-$39,924
What’s Hot: Folding Midgate, good suspension tuning, smooth powertrain
What’s Not: Square wheel arches, plastic body cladding, cab unsecure with Midgate down
What’s New: Based on Suburban—not Silverado, Midgate folds to haul long items, 1500 gets rear coil springs, 2500 leaf springs hurts ride


Dodge Ram
Base engine 3.7L/215-hp SOHC V-6
Opt engines 4.7L/235-hp SOHC V-8, 5.9L/245-hp OHV V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Fuel economy, mpg 15/21 (V-6 manual 2WD), 11/16 (5.9L auto 4WD)
Price range $17,670-$36,915
What’s Hot: 20-in wheels, tight chassis feel, adjustable pedals
What’s Not: V-8 engines lack hp, dated interior materials, trans shifting
What’s New: Completely redesigned—little carryover, rigid hydroformed frame rails, more interior space, two or four full-size doors