2009 Cadillac Escalade

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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Ahhhhh, the Cadillac Escalade. While it's helped define post-millennial Cadillac, this bling-mobile stands as a poster child for conspicuous consumption. The Escalade comes by its reputation honestly, because a 2009 edition with the 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 sucks petrol at the criminal rate of 12 mpg city, and either 18 or 19 mpg highway, depending on whether you're powering one axle or two. The fact that the SUV attracts attention-hungry rappers and other ne'er-do-wells doesn't help the Escalade's reputation any.
But what if -- suddenly -- driving a 2009 Cadillac Escalade were an environmentally conscientious statement? A proclamation that's more about being green than having green? What if aforementioned rappers or socialites or wives of dentists could essentially have their cake and eat it too? Meet the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. At 20 mpg city, the big Caddy gets the same city mileage as a Scion tC with a 2.4-liter inline-four and a 5-speed manual. On the highway the tC goes farther on a gallon, but the Escalade Hybrid still manages to push its massive exterior through the air at the rate of 21 mpg.
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This impressive technological result follows years of development that first bore fruit in 2008 with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon hybrid SUVs. These were the first production vehicles to feature what GM calls an electrically-variable transmission (EVT). Within a case that looks like a traditional automatic gearbox, GM (along with partners Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Chrysler) managed to package two motor/generators and four fixed gear ratios.
When acting as motors, the EVT helps propel the Escalade Hybrid. As the SUV coasts or slows, the EVT goes into generator mode, transforming kinetic energy into electricity via regenerative braking. Countless hours of seat time went toward blending the EVT's regenerative braking with the Escalade's physical braking system, and the transitions between the two are indistinguishable. The recaptured energy goes from the EVT for chemical storage in a 300-pound, 300-Volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack that resides under the second row seats.
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Ahead of the EVT and in place of the 2009 non-hybrid's 403-horsepower 6.2 liter V-8, there is a smaller and lighter 6.0-liter all-aluminum V-8. To enhance efficiency, the engine utilizes cylinder deactivation (so it can run in V-4 mode) and variable valve timing (that enables the late closing of the intake valves to reduce pumping losses). The 6.0-liter produces 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration remains strong thanks to the immediate torque of the electric motors (184 lb-ft each) and a high-performance axle ratio.
A control unit manages all of the above elements using software that is much improved over the initial batch of GMC and Chevrolet SUVs. The result is that the 2009 Escalade Hybrid runs strongly and smoothly. About all that's lost compared to the non-hybrid Escalade is the intoxicating exhaust note of the 6.2-liter engine.
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The sensation of driving the big Cadillac is a bit odd if one expects a traditional experience. In easy-going driving, the engine RPM and exhaust note don't correspond linearly to acceleration. The EVT works like a continuously variable transmission, so the Escalade's 6.0-liter revs to a particular RPM and hangs there while the vehicle's speed seems to play catch-up.
The oddest sensation is when the Escalade accelerates on battery power; it's like gliding. The engine's auto-stop feature also catches drivers off guard at first. While the engine shut-down is smooth (as is the re-start), a first reaction can be thinking the SUV stalled. Of course, it didn't. Running on battery power, the steering, climate control, and other vital functions remain completely operational in the Auto Stop mode.
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One of the hallmarks of the current Escalade is its performance. For such a massive vehicle, it accelerates hard. The Escalade Hybrid isn't as fast, but with mid-eight second 0-60 mph times, it's no eco slouch. In wide-open-throttle blasts, the EVT combines the best of its motor drives and fixed gearing. The shifts you feel are genuine gear changes because the EVT has four fixed ratios (some CVTs "fake" fixed gear shift to simulate what drivers are used to feeling). The physical cogs inside the EVT give the transmission the strength to tow significant loads, and the Escalade can tow almost three tons.
Our only nick on the Escalade Hybrid's driving experience is aimed at the optional 22-inch wheels on our tester. They looked great, but ride quality is certainly sacrificed when compared to the standard 20-inch wheels and tires.
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All of the aforementioned technology is clothed under a shape that was completely redesigned in 2007. The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid offers a crisp exterior style that commands attention with plenty of chrome. If you've seen a new Escalade, then with the exception of the big Hybrid badges, you know the style. From the front or rear, the look is unmistakably Cadillac.
Inside, there's standard seating for eight, although legroom for the third-row seats is compromised because batteries for the hybrid powertrain are located under the second-row seats. The batteries also present an extra obstacle for climbing back to the third row. Front chairs are heated and cooled. Interior build quality and fit/finish on the examples we drove were excellent. Controls inside are similar to the standard 2009 Escalade, and work competently without requiring extensive training or frequent trips to the owner's manual. The Cadillac's touch-screen center stacks earn kudos for being one of the easiest and most logical to operate. The system's ability to save favorite tuning presets regardless of frequency (AM, FM, or XM Satellite Radio) makes perfect sense with the way people use the radio.
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To help with eco-driving, there is a gauge at the left of the IP that encourages drivers to stay within a "green" zone. Too much acceleration is wasteful, as is too much braking (the EVT's regenerative capabilities can't capture the maximum amount of energy during quick stops). The gauge helps drivers realize that long coast downs and extended soft braking maximize mileage.
Beyond these specifics, the balance of the Escalade Hybrid experience is what you'd find in any Escalade. Cadillac expected 20-percent of 2009 Escalade sales to be hybrid models, but as of this posting, sales are actually running a full 25-percent of the mix. Given that the 2009 Escalade Hybrid costs only $3,600 more than a comparably-equipped non-hybrid, the question potential drivers should ask is not "If I'm going to drive an Escalade, why should it be a Hybrid?" but "If I'm going to drive an Escalade, why would it not be the Hybrid?"
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You have seen GM’s full size crossovers in Saturn, Buick, GMC, and most recently, Chevrolet clothing, but always wondered what it would look like as a Cadillac. Well, if the rumors are true, you may soon get your wish: GM is reportedly moving the next Cadillac Escalade to the Lambda platform.

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$31,175

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2009 Cadillac Escalade Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
10 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
14 MPG
Horsepower:
403 hp @ 5700rpm
Torque:
417 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 27,188 MY 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE HYBRID, ESCALADE ESV, AND ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, TAHOE HYBRID, AND COLORADO; AND GMC YUKON, YUKON HYBRID, YUKON XL, AND CANYON VEHICLES. THE FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH AN ADHESIVE SEPARATION OF THE ROOM TEMPERATURE VULCANIZING (RTV) SEAL BETWEEN THE SEAL AND THE HOUSING MAY ALLOW WATER TO SEEP INTO THE MODULE.
Consequences
WATER IN THE MODULE COULD CAUSE A SHORT OR OPEN CIRCUIT, ILLUMINATION OF THE SERVICE ENGINE SOON LAMP, SETTING OF DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES OR THE ENGINE MAY BE HARD TO START, MAY NOT START OR MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 18, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
27,188
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
Consequences
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
1,365,070
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 27,188 MY 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE HYBRID, ESCALADE ESV, AND ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, TAHOE HYBRID, AND COLORADO; AND GMC YUKON, YUKON HYBRID, YUKON XL, AND CANYON VEHICLES. THE FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH AN ADHESIVE SEPARATION OF THE ROOM TEMPERATURE VULCANIZING (RTV) SEAL BETWEEN THE SEAL AND THE HOUSING MAY ALLOW WATER TO SEEP INTO THE MODULE.
Consequences
WATER IN THE MODULE COULD CAUSE A SHORT OR OPEN CIRCUIT, ILLUMINATION OF THE SERVICE ENGINE SOON LAMP, SETTING OF DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES OR THE ENGINE MAY BE HARD TO START, MAY NOT START OR MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 18, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
27,188
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
Consequences
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
1,365,070
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
3
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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