It's easy to see the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
as a rolling paradox. If someone's concerned about fuel efficiency or the environment, why are they buying a chrome-dipped, three-ton street liner? But for people with the money to spend, a trailer to tow and more than a couple kids, the Escalade Hybrid can make perfect sense. Will the fuel saved in a gas-electric Escalade cover the difference in purchase price versus a regular ol' Escalade? Probably not. But the Escalade Hybrid will indeed consume about 25 percent less oil and spew a similarly reduced amount of pollutants. Hooray for everyone. So how does it drive? Okay. It cruises just fine, but we found it difficult to stop smoothly; the result of a regenerative braking system that could use some more fine-tuning. But non-linear brake response and a few thousand extra dollars are small prices to pay for big, active, eco-friendly families intent on doing their part in preserving the Earth and its resources for our children. Of course, the Escalade Hybrid is also an unparalleled choice for singles who want to roll big and flashy while pretending like they care.