The 2011 Escalade Hybrid, available with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, offers all the comfort, styling and heft of a full-size SUV but without the guilt-inducing fuel economy. This luxury sport utility incorporates a two-mode hybrid system that boosts its fuel efficiency rating up to 23 mpg on the highway. Powering the car is an efficient 6.0-liter V8 gas engine that automatically shuts off when the car is at rest and a 300-volt NiMH battery that powers the SUV in slow traffic situations. Blended regenerative brakes store the Escalade’s kinetic energy in the battery pack, which is inconspicuously located under the second-row seats.
While this vehicle tips scales at nearly three tons, it stays steady on its feet with all-speed traction control and an electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation. Unsurprisingly, given its outsized dimensions and equally large price tag, the Escalade Hybrid displays a capacious leather-appointed indoors, able to fit up to eight passengers comfortably, and with the second row folded and the third row removed, provide 108.9 cubic feet of space. An ultrasonic rear parking assist, DVD navigation system, rearview camera, power sunroof and liftgate, and heated and cooled front seats are all standard.
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