The 2009 Cadillac Escalade hybrid is a two-mode hybrid that adds on to GM’s 6.0 liter V-8 that gains its power from two electric motors. The vehicle has the ability to run on batteries alone, the engine alone, or even both at the same time if you want. For those of you who prefer to travel at high speeds, but don’t like the gas that you waste while doing it, don’t worry.
Introduced for 2002 and completely revamped for 2007, the Cadillac Escalade EXT is a vehicle that doesn’t conform to any convenient categorization. Is it a crew-cab pickup with a luxury SUV’s cabin, or is it a luxury SUV with a pickup bed in place of an enclosed cargo area? No matter what the answer is, this Caddy has proven to be as popular with image-seekers as it is with those who actually use its impressive capabilities.
While foreign manufacturers dominate the car and SUV vehicle segments, that quintessential American icon, the pick-up truck market continues to be dominated by the domestic automakers. Forbes Dan Lienert wrote that Toyota Tundra engineers, while touring Texas Stadium during a Dallas Cowboys’ football game, continued to be amazed how Americans loved their pickups even as personal transportation. We’ll have to wait until next year after the new Tundra has debuted to see if Toyota’s engineers have tapped the pulse of America’s pickup purchasing public.
So without further adieu, Forbes best pickups for 2006: