2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: its hybrid power train, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in good fuel economy for a heavy vehicle without performance. Traffic reporting is with the navigation system and aids include blind-spot and a rear-view camera with warnings.

The bad: Audio are limited in the Escalade Hybrid, no iPod integration available. phone support is basic and download a phone’s contact

The bottom line: The 2009 Escalade Hybrid combines luxury with an overt theme, while offering for seven, cargo room, and economy worthy of a V-6.


2009 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade Hybrid is a good tripper, with its large comfortable seating, and reasonable

Our gear safely packed we guided the Escalade Hybrid out downtown traffic. The hybrid train can carry the heavy forward under electric alone, but that involves a touch on the accelerator for which we didn’t have patience. If you want cars honking you, give it some

That said, the transition electric-only to its engine running is

In narrow lanes, the big truck is at best, but the steering responds enough to keep it in its lane. Of benefit is the blind-spot detection which lights up a signal in the mirror if a smaller car in the next slips below the Escalade’s sight lines. Also is the XM NavTraffic overlaid on the navigation maps, which warned us of an 5 miles ahead on our route.

It was easy enough to hit the Avoid and have a new route automatically into the navigation system.

out on the freeway, the Escalade was cruising at Heated and cooled front with 14-way adjustment, wood trim–yes, this is a Cadillac. But wait, what of ride quality is this?

The and bumps from the road palpable in the cabin, not something we expect from a brand used to produce big, sedans that floated the long, open roads. has the Escalade Hybrid built on the GMT900 platform as other big GM and pick-up trucks, which known for smoothing out the road.

To save gas, the engine off half its cylinders when on the highway.

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70 mph on the freeway isn’t driving for most hybrids, as you take best advantage of all instant torque from the motor. But the Escalade Hybrid has trick up its sleeve: cylinder Its big 6.2-liter V-8 stops sending to half its cylinders while at speed.

But the engine mode showed that this is kind of sensitive. In low, hills, a little gas applied to keep the car’s speed up resulted in those four cylinders kicking in. Just the electric mode, it would a very gentle touch on the to use the truck’s fuel-saving features to fullest.

The traffic integration with the system is excellent, letting you avoid jams.

Although the system is DVD-based, it responds refreshing the map quickly enough and good track of the Escalade position. It offers the usual for points of interest, but doesn’t go deep with individual locations.

Destination entry is and easy with a large keyboard. Route guidance is decent, but doesn’t have so it won’t read out the names of

The only really remarkable of the navigation system is XM NavTraffic, GM integrates really well. Not will the system warn you slow traffic on a programmed giving you a detour button on the warning, it will also a warning if it finds a traffic within 10 miles on the current For example, if you jump on the freeway and an accident 5 miles down the the system will proactively you.

These RCA jacks on the of the console are the only means of in an MP3 player.

The stereo uses the same but is lacking in audio sources. It with a six-disc changer below the LCD, along XM satellite radio.

But the only for an external MP3 player is a set of RCA jacks set the back of the center console, a intended for the rear-seat passengers to advantage of the entertainment package in the The rear-seat entertainment includes an LCD from the ceiling, which can DVDs or input from a video jack next to the RCA

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