• (4.0) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $13,897–$28,833
  • 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 ESV

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV

What We Don't Like

  • Ungainly proportions
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Pricier than GM siblings

Notable Features

  • 20.4 inches longer than regular Escalade
  • Increased cargo capacity
  • More room in third row
  • Two-wheel drive available

2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Cadillac's Escalade ESV offers more room for those who find the Escalade, a full-size SUV, just a bit too small. Its wheelbase is 14 inches longer than the full-size Escalade, and its total length exceeds the standard model by more than 20 inches. Third-row occupants benefit from increased legroom, and cargo capacity behind them nearly triples. The ESV competes with other extended-body luxury SUVs such as the Lincoln Navigator L and Infiniti QX56.

As with the regular-wheelbase Escalade, the Escalade ESV gets a full complement of luxury equipment, including leather seats for up to eight occupants, plenty of exterior chrome and optional 22-inch wheels. It is available in two- and all-wheel drive.


New for 2009
The ESV's 6.2-liter V-8 gains E85 capability.

Exterior
Built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV stretches 20.4 inches longer than the regular Escalade. Fourteen of those inches go to extending the wheelbase, which allows for larger rear doors unconstrained by wheel wells. Height increases by 1.2 inches, and width remains about the same. Despite the bigger dimensions, curb weight increases by just 217 pounds. The wheelbase is 7 inches longer than the QX56's and 1 inch shorter than the Navigator L's.

  • Jeweled headlights
  • Cadillac's now-familiar grille up front
  • Rectangular taillights in back
  • 18-inch wheels standard
  • 22-inch wheels optional


Interior
The ESV's extended dimensions don't yield significant gains for first- or second-row occupants, but third-row passengers gain nearly 10 inches of legroom. Cargo volume behind the third row increases from 16.9 cubic feet to 45.8 cubic feet. With the third-row seat removed and the second-row seats folded forward, maximum cargo volume is 137.4 cubic feet -- about 28 cubic feet more than the standard Escalade.
  • Optional DVD entertainment system includes a second 8-inch screen for third-row passengers
  • Standard leather interior, automatic climate control, power-operated front seats
  • Standard seating capacity is seven; optional second-row bench expands capacity to eight


Under the Hood
The Escalade ESV uses the same engine as does the regular Escalade: a 6.2-liter V-8 with 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque. It works through a six-speed automatic transmission.
  • 7,800 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped


Safety
Safety equipment includes:
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology
  • Standard side curtain airbags in all three rows of seats
  • No side-impact airbags


Consumer Reviews

4.0

Average based on 3 reviews

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by Cadillac man from Kinsey AL on August 6, 2017

Nothing but looks good The style of the vehicle and the color is good just a lot of problems if I had to do over again I would have gotten back on the plane and flew home

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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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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained

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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