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2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV

$11,447 — $26,683 USED
Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 4 reviews

The Good

  • Third-row roominess
  • Cargo capacity
  • Powerful engine
  • Ample standard luxury features

The Bad

  • Ungainly proportions
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Pricier than GM siblings
2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 20.4 inches longer than regular Escalade
  • Increased cargo capacity
  • More room in third row
  • Two-wheel drive available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 yi...
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

What drivers are saying

4.2
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Without a doubt the best truck i ever owned

by djfresh23 on May 18, 2018

Specifically the Platinum Edition in the Escalades is the gods of all SUVS and its just impeccable. You can never go wrong with an escalade in almost every category. yes many may argue that the gas ... Read full review

(2.0)

Misleading dealership/ sales person

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 Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escalade ESV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker