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.
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.
- 18-inch wheels standard, 22-inch alloy wheels optional
- LED headlamps optional
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 leather
- 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
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