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By Cars.com Staff
July 8, 2008
Vehicle Overview The 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT receives few changes from its 2008 predecessor. The high-end sport utility truck competes with the Hummer H2 SUT and Lincoln Mark LT, as well as fully-loaded pickups like the Toyota Tundra Limited. The Escalade EXT was last redesigned in 2007.
New for 2009 The Escalade EXT gains E85 capability and an optional blind-zone alert system.
Exterior The EXT is 222 inches long, nearly 20 inches longer than the Escalade. Its rear cargo bed has 45.5 cubic feet of volume (about the same as a compact, short-box crew cab pickup truck), and the cab midgate flips inward along with the second-row seats, extending the pickup box to 101 cubic feet of cargo volume. It maintains the triangular C-pillar extensions of GM's first-generation crossover pickups, and the design is highlighted by its rectangular headlights and angular face.
Interior Two rows of seats accommodate five occupants. Behind the first row with the second row folded, the EXT has 54.3 cubic feet of volume, and the folded midgate creates an expanded, continuous-load floor for the bed. Unfortunately, the lack of a partition exposes occupants to the elements.
Standard power front seats
Standard automatic climate control
Optional heated, power-tilting steering wheel and navigation system
Under the Hood A 6.2-liter V-8 generates 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque and works through a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
Up to 7,500-pound towing capacity
Safety Escalade EXT safety equipment includes:
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system
Optional blind-zone alert system
Standard side curtain airbags
No side-impact airbags for front seats
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