2009 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2009 Cadillac Escalade Base Sport Utility

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      6.2L V8
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  • 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV Sport Utility

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      6.2L V8
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  • 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Sport Utility

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      6.0L V8
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2009 Cadillac Escalade Review

Large, opulent SUV offers the speed and handling of a smaller vehicle.

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The 2009 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is capable of transporting up to eight people plus cargo with the highest level of luxury. The 2009 Cadillac Escalade is available in two trim levels: the Base model and the more opulent Platinum Edition.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Escalade, Escalade Platinum Edition

What's New

New features include Bluetooth connectivity, a revised version of OnStar, a DVD-based navigation system with real-time traffic and voice activation commands, and LED headlights. The Escalade can now be fueled with ethanol FlexFuel. A blind-spot alert system is also available this year.


The 2009 Cadillac Escalade presents an imposing figure. With a length of 202.5 inches and a height of 75.9 inches, it is rather hard to ignore. The ""in-your-face"" attitude is evident from the front end with its large chrome grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, and the large intake vent below the front bumper. Three lights in the headlight cluster sit vertically, hinting at the overall height of the vehicle.

Standard exterior features include daytime running lights, fog lights, auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights, and a remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer. The Platinum Edition Escalade includes most of the standard equipment from the Base model, and then some. Standard equipment includes 22-inch chrome wheels and LED headlights.


The interior of the Escalade is huge; its interior volume is 108.9 cubic feet. The cabin is luxurious with leather. Additional alloy trim screams opulence. The head and legroom in the second and third rows are impressive. Seats are well-bolstered and comfortable, even on long trips. An optional second-row bench seat increases seating capacity from seven to eight. Passengers in the third row will appreciate the standard tri-zone climate control system. The third row seats do not fold down and must be removed if more cargo space is needed. With both rows of seats stowed, total cargo capacity is 108.9 cubic feet.

Additional 2009 Cadillac Escalade interior features include eight-way power heated driver and passenger seats with power adjustable lumbar support and height adjustment, leather upholstery, bucket front seats, folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, manual folding split-bench third-row seats, rear ventilation ducts with fan control, adjustable pedals, cruise control, front console with storage, power steering, universal remote transmitter, 12-volt power outlets, rear parking sensors, leather/wood tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, three-zone climate control, leather/wood/alloy interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, a DVD-based navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic, pre-wired for cell phone/Bluetooth, OnStar telecommunications service, and AM/FM/ six-CD changer/MP3/Satellite/surround sound audio system with 10 speakers and radio data system.

The Platinum Edition Escalade includes most of the standard equipment from the Base model, and then some. Standard equipment includes heated and cooled cup holders and upgraded leather upholstery.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade is equipped with an all-aluminum, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that generates 403 hp and 417 ft-lb of torque. All of that power is sent to the rear wheels unless the AWD option is selected. Both the Base model and the Platinum Edition are available with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive (AWD).

Handling is surprisingly good. Traction control and the optional Magnetic Ride Control help to ensure a smooth ride. The Escalade is quick; it’s been clocked at 7.5 seconds in a zero-to-60-mph sprint. There are numerous options to add to your 2009 Cadillac Escalade. The V-8 Ultra Luxury Collection adds the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that adjusts damping on a continuous basis by using a magnetic-fluid based system inside its shocks. Sensors monitor road conditions 1000 times per second and adjust the shocks accordingly.

When properly equipped, the Escalade offers a maximum towing capacity of 7900 pounds.


2009 Cadillac Escalade’s standard safety equipment includes rear locking differential, front independent short and long arm suspension, multi-link rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control with a rollover sensor, OnStar, and side curtain air bags for all three rows of seats. In government safety testing, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade received a perfect five-star rating in both frontal- and side-impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Escalade: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Powerful engine
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • Third-row seats don’t fold
  • Faux wood trim

Sum Up

Large, opulent SUV offers the speed and handling of a smaller vehicle.

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