2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 4WD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid - Road Test Specs


Model year2009
ModelEscalade Hybrid
Style4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT-4A)
Base MSRP$76,635
Options on test vehicleNone.
As-tested MSRP$76,635


Drive typePart-time four-wheel drive
Engine typeAtkinson-cycle V8 with start/stop and V4 modes
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,967cc (364 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod, 2 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8:1
Redline (rpm)6,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)332 @ 5,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)367 @ 4,100
Transmission typeTwo-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


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.75:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP285/45R22 110H
Tire size, rearP285/45R22 110H
Wheel size22-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel materialChromed aluminum alloy
Brakes, front13-inch ventilated disc with two-piston calipers blended with regenerative-electric braking
Brakes, rear13.5-inch solid disc with single-piston calipers blended with regenerative-electric braking

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.2
0-60 mph (sec.)9.3
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 83.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)138
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.69
Sound level @ idle (dB)48.1
@ Full throttle (dB)73.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.14

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLaunches 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."
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsThere 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.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsNo 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.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)66
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 (SW)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Not applicable
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.1 worst/22.2 best/16.9 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)6,016
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)Not available
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)Not available
Length (in.)202.5
Width (in.)79.0
Height (in.)75.9
Wheelbase (in.)116.0
Track, front (in.)68.2
Track, rear (in.)67.0
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)39.0
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)25.6
Headroom, front (in.)41.1
Headroom, rear (in.)39.2
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)65.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)61.7
Seating capacity8
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)108.9


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesStandard 4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemBlind-spot warning, collision notification
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance3 stars

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