2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid to start at $71,685

Sadly, that is not a typo.  Some bigshot exec at GM gave this $71k Caddy the green light – and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.  In case you’re doing the math, that $71,685 is darn near $15k more than a base model Escalade.  Sure, 20 MPG in the city is far better than the gas only 12….. but fifteen grand buys a whole hell of a lot of gas. 

Plus, since when does a glorified Chevy Tahoe command over 70 large?  That’s Lexus money, Mercedes-Benz money.  It’s not Cadillac money ( XLR-V notwithstanding ).  It’s certainly not Tahoe money.  Sure, GM will probably move a few to image conscious celebrities who want to “look” green.  Though 20 MPG isn’t exactly green in today’s world.  But no doubt some overpaid celebs will trade in their Prius’s ( Prii? ) for Hybrid Escalades.  Beyond that, I don’t see a market for this thing.

Published on August 15, 2008 in Cadillac,Hybrids

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