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2009 Cadillac Escalade

At a Glance

Pricing $63,745 - $83,070
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 6.2l V8
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 13-14 (city), 18 (highway)

In 1999, GM slapped a Cadillac face on its popular Tahoe/Yukon SUV, creating an ostentatious status symbol in the long tradition of Cadillac. Now in its third generation, the Escalade includes a standard 6.2l V8 engine and upgraded interior to help justify a $20,000 price premium over its siblings. Although full-size SUVs have become popular as family haulers, their only real advantage is higher tow ratings of over 7500 lbs. Full-size SUVs with truck underpinnings are robbed of interior space with the body mounted over the frame. Most buyers would be better served with a crossover SUV such as the GMC Acadia. Many offer similar legroom with improved cargo capacity and fuel efficiency for less money.

What Changed:

The Hybrid models have been dropped.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Escalade 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 RWD 14/18/16 $63,745
Escalade 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 AWD 13/18/15 $66,295
Escalade Luxury 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 RWD 14/18/16 $67,970
Escalade Luxury 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 AWD 13/18/15 $70,520
Escalade Premium 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 RWD 14/18/16 $72,250
Escalade Premium 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 AWD 13/18/15 $74,800
Escalade Platinum 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 RWD 14/18/16 $80,520
Escalade Platinum 6.2l V8 (403-bhp) A6 AWD 13/18/15 $83,070