The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is an attempt to blend the upscale luxury SUV world with the current demand for more fuel efficient cars. The Escalade Hybrid utilizes GM's fuel-saving 2-mode Hybrid system which helps the Escalade earn a 45% improvement in fuel economy in city driving over the traditional Cadillac Escalade. The 6.0L V8 works in conjunction with the electrically variable transmission and 300V nickel-metal hydride energy storage system (ESS). The hybrid system allows the Escalade to drive at low speeds on electricity alone in addition to allowing the V8 to run on a more economical 4-cyl mode when necessary. The 2009 Escalade Hybrid is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. All of the Escalade's standard comfort and convenience features are included, such as an eight-inch touch screen nav-system that also displays readouts of the 2-mode Hybrid system. Some will balk at the notion of a hybrid that "only" gets 20 mpg, but how many hybrids can tow a boat while its occupants ride in style and comfort? Not even the uber-green car, the Toyota Prius, can make a claim like that.Read more Read less
For 2009, Cadillac's flagship Escalade adds a gas-electric Hybrid to its lineup. The 6.0L Vortec V8 powerplant is available in either two-wheel or all-wheel drive and makes 332 hp. It is mated to a hybrid-specific 6-speed and has a towing capacity of 5,800 lb. E85 FlexFuel capability is now available, as is Side Blind Zone Alert, XM NavTraffic, power-adjustable tilt steering, express-up windows, and Magnetic Ride Control suspension on Escalades with 22-inch wheels. The standard audio system now includes navigation, while a Bluetooth interface through OnStar and a rearview backup camera are standard as well. A special Black Cherry exterior color will be available for a limited time.
Power and acceleration; controlled ride; interior space (ESV); increased efficiency (Hybrid) safety
The 2009 Cadillac Escalade stands out from its competitors with its powerful, 403-horsepower engine, plush interior appointments and entertainment options, and an interior design that is the most opulent of any American-produced vehicle. The EXT also offers more luxury and comfort features and makes more of a style statement than nearly any other pickup truck available. With the introduction of the Escalade Hybrid and the Escalade E85, fuel-conscious shoppers have more incentive to consider this luxury SUV.
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