2009 Cadillac Escalade Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Black Raven
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,288 - $19,079
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
12 City / 19 HWY
Horsepower
403
Seats
7-8

How 2009 Cadillac Escalade Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2009 Cadillac Escalade If...

If your driving life demands plenty of room for people plus cargo, along with luxury amenities and a brash aura, the Escalade could be your breed of SUV.

Cadillac Escalade Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $16,288 - $19,079
Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8, 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Platinum Edition $16,288 - $19,079
Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 403 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8, 22 x 9 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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A 9 year old escalade has more "bells and whistles" than brand new vehicles.

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The escalade is an incredibly comfortable vehicle. The seats are some of the most comfortable and luxurious I have ever sat in. For the most part the 9 year old vehicle has not had any major problems but because it is a "luxury vehicle" when small issues arise they generally cost much more to fix than your average vehicle repair.

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Awesome SUV with tons of space and power.

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The power is awesome! So comfortable and spacious. I love my vehicle and would recommend it to anyone. Does not get the best gas mileage because of the size though. Great power to tow a trailer also. It also has great screens for DVDs for traveling. Also has an awesome backup camera, navigation and Bluetooth.

Sara C
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Luxurious and Comfortable

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I absolutely love my Cadillac Escalade! It's wonderful for traveling because the ride is so smooth and it's very spacious. I feel so safe in this car and have never had any mechanical issues with it. I love it so much that when I do get a new car, I will probably get the same one, just a newer model.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$16,288 - $19,079
$16,288 - $19,079

Horsepower

Horsepower
403 (hp)
403 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI (E85) (403 hp (300.5 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 417 lb, VORTEC 6.2L V8 SFI (E85)
Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI (E85) (403 hp (300.5 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 417 lb, VORTEC 6.2L V8 SFI (E85)
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
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Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
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Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.1 (in.)
41.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39 (in.)
39 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 (in.)
39.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
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Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
7 - 8
7 - 8

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
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Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Chrome Wheels

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
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Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P285/45R22
P285/45R22

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
116 (in.)
116 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39 (ft.)
39 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
79 (in.)
79 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Horsepower

Horsepower
403 (hp)
403 (hp)

Torque

Torque
417 (ft. lbs.)
417 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
8 Cylinders
8 Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
26 (gal.)
26 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
16 (mpg)
16 (mpg)

City

City
12 (mpg)
12 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
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Air Suspension

Air Suspension
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Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

Overdrive
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CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
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ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Optional
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC Power
  • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system with Rollover Mitigation, includes disable switch *
  • Traction control, all-speed, electronic *
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information) *
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, first, second and third row outboard seating positions with rollover sensor (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information)
  • Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information) *
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-by-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details. For a list of vehicles with Automatic Crash Notification visit onstar.com) *
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with rearview LED display, audible warning and instrument panel-mounted shutoff switch
  • Rearview camera system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (does not apply to spare tire) *
  • Safety belts first and second row belts to body, third row belts to seat, lap and shoulder all seating positions
  • Side Blind Zone Alert *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Electrical System Jun 4, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 4, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V240000
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.
Consequence:
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 IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE 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.
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Fuel System, Gasoline May 6, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
May 6, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
09V154000
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.
Consequence:
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 IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE 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.
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Air Bags May 31, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 31, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V381000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and 2009-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in these states are not subject to this safety recall but may be covered under recall 16V-383, depending on the vehicle model year and the vehicle's sale and registration locations. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment ...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
GM has not yet provided a remedy plan nor a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet Customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 49151.

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