Platinum Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid 4A)
I was the second owner of my 2009 cadillac hybrid escalade, I have not enjoyed a suv of this size as much as this escalade ,it is still so classy looking it turns heads , love to drive it in any weather, handles snow with features like dial in 4 high 4 low and All wheel drive and hugs the mountain roads , I regularly carpool kids to sports in and out of state & love the comfort for all ages accommodates my husband's 6'4 height w ease & a car full of people seats 8 ,still has room for moderate storage in trunk fully seated but any large luggage I have a travel case for roof rack , great gas mileage the Hybrid module recharges when you brake , the sound system & television are outstanding I have owned several suburbans as well as a Mercedes suv but this is my favorite.
It ain't a Prius, but I am getting much better city mileage than in my previous CX-9. I have been pleasantly surprised that I have not given up much in terms of acceleration but gained so much in luxury, comfort and space. The legend is (not from the dealer but my research) that this is one of the "bail- out mobiles" driven from Detroit by the GM execs that were blasted for flying the private jets. A bunch of them came off lease and I got this for $11k-$13k below retail (according to Edmunds and KBB). Looks a lot better once I got all the blasted "Hybrid" decals off. We are in love with the Big Sipper.
Had it for a week. My wife's vehicle. She Loves it. Tim, the owner of the Dealership, explained and oriented the vehicle for 45 minutes with my wife. She was very Impressed with the vehicle and the time put in to explain everything by Tim. We traded a Lexus LX-470 in on it. Got tired of 12.8 mpg and Premium Gas prices. The Cadillac gets 23-25 mpg in real world setting and uses regular gas. The build quality is equal to Lexus. Finally, Hats off to an American Vehicles
Well, I'm not that impressed with Cadillac. For the price you pay, more thought should go into the comfort and convenience. First of all, how does it not have a cabin air filter. Even low model Toyotas have cabin filters. Instead of 22 inch wheels, they should be 20 inch for a smoother ride. Cadillac needs to redesign the way the 3rd row seating folding can accommodate more storage space. I could go on and on.
I traded in a 2007 Tahoe for the Escalade and so far I am very impressed with the performance. You step on the gas and the performance is much better than I was expecting from a hybrid. I am getting 20.7 MPG combined City/Highway driving with mildly conservative driving habits.The fit and finish is what you would expect from Cadillac and is fun to drive.
4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT-4A)
Options on test vehicle
Part-time four-wheel drive
Atkinson-cycle V8 with start/stop and V4 modes
5,967cc (364 cu-in)
Pushrod, 2 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
332 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
367 @ 4,100
Two-mode continuously variable automatic with 4 distinct gears
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.69, II = 1.70, III = 1.00, IV = 0.73, R= 1.70, FD = 3.08
Launches are slow because the electric motor gets it rolling before the gasoline engine revs begin to climb and contribute to acceleration. Mid-track "upshifts" seem slurred as the two-mode CVT feels like it switches from EVT1 to EVT2. Traction on/off, brake-torque and manual shifting have no apparent effect on acceleration. Best run was "slap-n-go."
There isn't much feel or finesse in this pedal. The third stop went inexplicably longer than the previous two (by almost 30 feet!), then the brake pedal went all the way to the floor, the dashboard warning lights lit and the brake boost went away until I keyed the truck full-off and back on. Rebooting seemed to return everything to normal.
No surprises here. The stability control is never all the way off and that's a good thing. Both skid pad and slalom tests are monitored and limited by electronics. The Escalade feels tall, reluctant and ponderous. Steering is light and vague.