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2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT Review

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT has an innovative cab/bed configuration and more standard luxury features than most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Opulent interior
  • Refined ride
  • Powerful V8
  • Can’t tow as much as other full-size trucks




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT Overview

When it was new, reviewers generally liked the Escalade EXT’s performance, and said it has a composed, comfortable ride. They also liked its standard V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers said the powertrain offers ample power and helps move the Escalade EXT on highways and city streets with ease. The Escalade EXT comes standard with all-wheel drive. It achieves 12/19 mpg city/highway, which is a bit less than what some rivals average. The Escalade EXT can tow 7,500 pounds, which is less than the tow rating of other full-size pickups.

The Escalade EXT’s cabin was one of reviewers’ favorite aspects of the truck. They said it is quiet, refined and constructed with high-quality materials. The Escalade EXT is a crew cab pickup that features GM’s folding Midgate between the cargo bed and cab, which lowers to expand the length of the bed into the back of the cab. With the Midgate closed, the Escalade EXT is a five-seat truck; with the Midgate open, the Escalade EXT offers more room in the bed, but seating capacity drops to two. Reviewers generally agreed that all seats are comfortable. The Escalade EXT is better-equipped than other full-size trucks, with standard features like heated leather upholstery, front bucket seats, dual-zone climate control, navigation and an eight-speaker Bose stereo with satellite radio. Optional features when it was new included ventilated seats, a power sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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Other Trucks to Consider

Although its base model is bare-bones compared with the Escalade EXT, the 2009 Ford F-150 could be outfitted with creature comforts to rival the Cadillac. Reviewers liked the F-150’s upscale interior, especially on the top Platinum trim, as well as its overall ride comfort and towing and hauling capability.

If you like the Escalade EXT’s spacious cab and Midgate but don’t have to have the Cadillac badge to go with it, you may like the similar 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche. Although it’s not as luxurious as the Escalade EXT, the Avalanche can tow a bit more, and it gets slightly better fuel economy.

Compare the Escalade EXT to the F-150 and Avalanche »

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