• (4.8) 6 reviews
  • MSRP: $14,931–$29,403
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15
  • Engine: 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7-8
2009 Cadillac Escalade

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Cadillac Escalade

What We Don't Like

  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Comparatively low towing capacity

Notable Features

  • Platinum package available
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to eight
  • Available full-time AWD

2009 Cadillac Escalade Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV has appealed to celebrities and affluent 20-somethings since its 2001 debut. Its competitors include the Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX56 and other luxury SUVs. In the spirit of excess, the 2009 Escalade boasts available 22-inch wheels and a 6.2-liter V-8 with more than 400 horsepower. It can be configured to seat eight people and is available with two- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2009
The Cadillac Escalade gains E85 capability for the 6.2-liter V-8, an optional blind-zone alert system and a luxury Platinum option package.

Exterior
Three-tier headlights and a large crisscrossed grille define the Escalade's styling, while chrome applications throughout emphasize the vehicle's luxury status.

  • LED headlights optional
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Eighteen-inch wheels are standard; 22-inch wheels are optional
  • Power liftgate standard


Interior
The total interior volume of the Escalade is 108.9 cubic feet, much more than either the Lexus LX 570 (83.1 cubic feet) or Infiniti QX56 (91.7 cubic feet) and slightly more than the Lincoln Navigator's 103.5 cubic feet. Two rows of captain's chairs and a three-seat bench in back are standard, and an optional second-row bench ups seating capacity to eight. The center stack flows into the floor console rather than being a separate unit.
  • LED-backlit instrument panel
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather seats with power adjustments in front and seat heaters in the first two rows
  • Power-tilting steering wheel new for 2009
  • Optional air-conditioned seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel, navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment system


Under the Hood
An all-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 makes 403 hp and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 8,300 pounds.
  • Available permanent all-wheel drive
  • Optional new E85 capability
  • Optional Magnetic Ride Control replaces mechanical shock absorbers with electronically controlled shock absorbers that GM says react to the road more quickly


Safety
Safety equipment includes:
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • No side-impact airbags
  • Optional blind-zone alert system


Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 6 reviews

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5 Stars in every Department

by BigB from Dallas, Pa on August 16, 2017

Functionality, dependability, comfort, luxury and stylish. What more can you ask for? Another Esacalade lol

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Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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