2009 Cadillac Escalade

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$62,205

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2009 Cadillac Escalade

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Powerful engine
  • Long list of standard luxury features
  • Lots of standard safety equipment

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2009 Cadillac Escalade review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best car ever

It's best suv I ever used . Best for family use and traveling. Best decision to buy this car I had . Comfortable for kids

4.7

GM's lack of Recall Support costs customers money

We loved our Escalade! I honestly would have replaced it with another if the third row seating had not gotten even worse in the current generation. Where I get upset is at GM's handling of the Takata airbag recall. The 2009 Escalade was listed among the first round vehicles to have Takata airbag parts recalled. However, SEVEN YEARS LATER, Cadillac STILL does not have any available fix or repairs to answer the recall!!! This outstanding recall DIRECTLY impacted the vehicle's value. Even the GM and Cadillac dealerships refused to provide book value directly due to the outstanding recall - and that's in writing from those dealerships!!! Thanks a lot, General Motors! YOU took over $2k out of my pocket due to the Takata recall!

5.0

Most reliable car for a big family

AMAZING!! Spacious and drives good! Glad we purchased this vehicle. Pretty much has everything you need in a vehicle that your looking for. This vehicle is definitely reliable and easy to keep up with.

See all 16 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Cadillac
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
New: 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper; CPO: One year/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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