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Fast-living rappers and bling-dazzled celebrities swooned over the original Escalade, but, in addition to more power and a greater length, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade stresses finesse over flashiness. Refinements are easily noticeable inside and out, and the newest Escalade behaves more admirably on the road than its predecessor. Marketers claim segment-leading horsepower and torque for the "Gen IV" 6.2-liter V8 and, at 60 mph, the engine cruises along at just 1500 rpm.
You'll Like This Car If...
If your driving life demands plenty of room for people plus cargo, along with luxury amenities and a brash aura, the Escalade could be your breed of SUV.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Full-size dimensions translate into big dollars at the gas pump. If fuel economy is more important than towing ability, you may want to check out the Escalade Hybrid.
What's New for 2009
A hybrid model joins the line later in the model year promising a 50-percent improvement in city fuel economy. New features on the gasoline-only Escalade include power tilt steering wheel, Side Blind Zone Alert, an OnStar navigation enhancement and, exclusive to the Platinum Series, LED headlights.
The 2009 Cadillac Escalade's performance is energetic, but not exactly dramatic; hitting the gas at lower speeds doesn't always produce vigorous response, while engine noise during acceleration doesn't sound exactly Cadillac-like. Automatic-transmission shifts are impressively smooth, though on upgrades it sometimes seems uncertain what to do next. Handling isn't really truck-like but, in curves, it doesn't feel like a sports car, either, although the steering feel is more pleasing and precise than with previous Escalades. Expect a smooth ride on good surfaces, although minor bumps will get through, especially with the larger-diameter tires and wheels.
Manual-mode Transmission Operation
Placing the + and - (upshift/downshift) buttons on the column gearshift might not seem like a good idea at first, as most vehicles with a manual-shift provision have a floor lever. Even so, these buttons are easy to find and use, and the transmission responds with satisfying promptness.
Power Fold-and-Tumble Second-row Seating
Third-row access is a serious issue in big SUVs and an easy-folding second-row seat can save a lot of irritation. This feature operates with buttons on the console and door pillar.
Seating is available for six to eight passengers. No exposed fasteners are visible, close-out panels conceal seat hardware, pillars are fabric-wrapped and the instrument panel's low and forward placement provides more interior room. The seats have sculpted backs to enhance interior space, and both recline and seat-track travel are quite generous. Second-row feature a power assisted fold and tumble feature. Gauges are large enough, but blue pointers impair readability. Sadly, there's no driver's grab handle, and the passenger handle is a long reach.
The Escalade's clean, proportional exterior places an emphasis on precision, with glossy paint, tight fitting body panels and real feel of solidity and craftsmanship. The huge chrome grille wears the new face of Cadillac and is flanked by triple-stack headlamps. A unique D-pillar treatment and doors that wrap over the rocker panels complete the look. Ventiports adorn the front fenders and the windshield is steeply raked for both style and aerodynamic efficiency. The wide track is complemented by a coil-over-shock suspension and a boxed frame for greater torsional stiffness. Standard wheels and tires are 18-inch, but hard-to-miss 22-inch versions are available.
Notable Standard Equipment
A power rear liftgate heads the list of standard features in the amply-equipped 2009 Cadillac Escalade. Compatibility brackets, built into the front frame, are intended to reduce damage to other vehicles in certain collisions. Side-curtain airbags include tethers for enhanced rollover protection, front seatbelt pretensioners activate in rear impacts – said to be an "industry-exclusive" feature – and the StabiliTrak stability control system incorporates rollover mitigation technology. Audiophiles can enjoy Bose 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, while everyone benefits from Cadillac's Auto Ride suspension. Integrated tow hooks are standard. A tap-up/tap-down manual mode for the transmission works easily and promptly, using buttons on the column-mounted gearshift lever.
Notable Optional Equipment
Power fold-and-tumble second-row seats are convenient to operate and cooled seats are offered in all models as part of the Ultra Luxury Collection package. Rear parking assist is available, along with a rearview camera; both are incorporated into a package that also includes Cadillac's navigation system. Power-deployable running boards are another appealing option as is the Side Blind Zone Alert warning system. When properly equipped, an all-wheel-drive Escalade can tow up to 7,700 pounds; good news for boaters and RVers.
Under the Hood
Cadillac's V8 engine now displaces 6.2 liters and generates significant horsepower and torque. With its two overdrive ratios and wide gear-ratio spread, the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is said to be nearly equivalent to a seven-speed. The manual-shift mode uses column-lever buttons.
403 horsepower at 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19
With all-wheel drive, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $64,500, while the two-wheel-drive version starts around $62,000. The Escalade's pricing places it well above the Lincoln Navigator, BMW X5 and Infiniti QX56, and far below the Land Rover Range Rover HSE and Lexus GX 470. Fair Purchase Prices, which represent what consumers are actually paying, are updated frequently, so be sure to click on Fair Purchase Prices to compare. The 2009 Escalade trumps the Lincoln Navigator when it comes to resale values, but unfortunately falls behind those of the BMW X5 and Lexus GX 470.
Cadillac Escalade Consumer Reviews
August 12, 2016
GREAT for road trips!!
I love this SUV. We bought it to check our colleges for our son. We did that comfortably in this vehicle and he is now a sophmore. My...
July 06, 2015
Need to simplify this process.
April 19, 2015
WORTH ALL THE HYPE
ESCALADES HAVE NO COMPARISON. ELEGANT, ATHLETIC, SHARP AND NIMBLE. AVERAGING 23 MPG WITH AWD/HYBRID...
February 20, 2015
Big Cadillac fan
II love Cadillac and their service is amazing. I feel so happy when I go into my local dealership knowing I'm completely taken care of....
February 15, 2015
Best vehicle ever!
The only downside to owning this car is the bad gas mileage and if it breaks down the price to get it fixed.
December 03, 2014
outstanding vehicle .
outstanding in all areaS GREAT ROAD VEHICLE VERY DEPENDABLE
September 17, 2014
My Favorite so far
I need a tow vehicle. This thing pulls like no tomorrow. Extremely comfortable for long trips. The 6.2 has more than enough power to...
BIG DRILL SGT, US ARMY
September 08, 2014
THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN KEPT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
I HAVE RECEIVED MANY COMPLIMENTS ON HOW THIS VEHICLE OVERALL APPEARANCE IN AND OUTSIDE. THIS WILL BE A GOOD PICK.
August 04, 2014
love it better than my Land Cruiser
what more can I say, I like this car so much I am going to purchase a 2015
July 09, 2014
BEST SUV EVER
THIS IS THE BEST SUV I HAVE EVER OWNED DRIVES LIKE A SPORTS CAR AND VERY COMFORTABLE.