Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    Because of its appetite for fuel and its relatively ample form, the Cadillac Escalade became a finely appointed moving target for those concerned about the environmental and political costs of burning gasoline. But critics now have less to loathe, because GM’s luxury brand has jumped on the battery bandwagon and introduced the $75,000 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. Like the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid models that came before it, the Escalade Hybrid features GM’s 2-Mode Hybrid system, which yields 20 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The 6,000-pound SUV employs a 6-liter V-8 engine and a 300-volt energy-storage system to produce 332 hp and 367 ft-lbs of torque. The Escalade Hybrid is surprisingly capable, and the chrome hybrid badges on the exterior body panels—emblazoned with a green "H"—should enable it to gain some acceptance from even Prius drivers. Pros: All that Cadillac comfort with a cleaner conscience. Cons: Produces cleaner emissions, but 21 mpg is not breaking any new ground.

    Read Next Article >>
    Photo by James Lipman
    Find out how the V-8 stacks up against its V-12 stablemate…
    This race-adapted hybrid generates 86 more hp than its road-going counterpart…
    Porsche 918 Spyder
    See the winner and rankings, as well as exclusive photos and videos of all the cars...
    Caterham Bikes Carbon E-Bike, a brawny carbon-fiber-and-aluminum electric bicycle that looks like a...
    The Stingray is the seventh generation of the Corvette, a model that has been in production since...
    Photo by Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding & Company
    The annual Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction...
    Chevrolet brought its Corvette Stingray convertible to Palm Springs, a popular location for...
    Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
    Stutz Motor Car of America, produced the Blackhawk from 1971 through 1987...
    Photo by Max Earey
    The new sedan generates 552 hp and 465 ft lbs of torque…
    Photo by Yakima Products Inc
    The company claims its rack is the most aerodynamic on the market…