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2009 Cadillac Escalade 2009 Lexus LX 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
     
Rear-Wheel Drive
  • 2WD 4dr Hybrid
  • AWD 4dr Hybrid
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Rear-Wheel Drive Platinum Edition
  • All-Wheel Drive Platinum Edition
  • Rear-Wheel Drive Platinum Edition
  • All-Wheel Drive Platinum Edition
4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr
GL450 SUV
  • GL320 BlueTEC SUV
  • GL450 SUV
  • GL550 SUV

Prices

MSRP $62,205 $75,855 $59,200
Invoice $58,162 $67,510 $55,056
Avg. Paid $26,458 $41,848 $25,883

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.4 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.4 8.5 9.2
Performance 8.7 8.3 8.8
Interior 8.9 7.8 8.6
Operating Cost 7.0 6.7 6.4
Safety 8.7 N/A N/A
Reliability 2.5 4.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Respectable towing capacity
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Luxurious interior with numerous standard features
  • Capable both on- and off-road
  • Plenty of power
  • Numerous standard features
  • Excellent reliability
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Strong engines
Cons
  • Third row must be removed to expand cargo space
  • Below-average reliability score
  • Cargo space is less than some competitors’
  • Bland styling
  • Lacks standard features like leather seats and navigation

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain 2WD 4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 6.2L/376 Gas V8 5.7L/346 Gas V8 4.7L/285
MPG 12 City / 19 Hwy 12 City / 18 Hwy 13 City / 18 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4 Door SUV Sport Utility

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 116.0 112.2 121.1
Length, Overall (in) 196.5 200.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.0 77.6 76.4
Height, Overall (in) 75.9 75.6 72.4 - 75.6
Step Up Height - Front (in) 21.8
Step Up Height - Side (in) 21.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Fixed Sunroof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Standard
Running Boards Standard Standard Optional
Power Retractable Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5995 5280

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Standard Standard Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard Standard Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Standard Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard Standard Optional
Power Liftgate Standard Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard Optional
Remote Engine Start Standard Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Optional
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 7 8 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 143.4 143.0
Front Head Room (in) 41.1 38.3 40.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.9 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 65.3 61.0 58.3
Front Hip Room (in) 64.4 58.8 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 38.9 40.6
Second Leg Room (in) 39.0 34.4 39.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 61.4 58.9
Second Hip Room (in) 60.8 58.5 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in) 25.6 28.3 34.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 108.9 83.1 83.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 60.3 41.0 43.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 16.9 15.5 14.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Optional Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Standard Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard Optional
Seat Memory Standard Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential Standard
Locking Rear Differential Standard Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas V8
Displacement 6.2L/376 5.7L/346 4.7L/285
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 403 @ 5700 383 @ 5600 335 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 417 @ 4300 403 @ 3600 339 @ 2700 - 5000
Transmission HD Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 39.0 38.7 39.7

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 12 12 13
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 19 18 18
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26 24.6 26.4

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Standard Optional
Air Suspension Standard Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone 4-wheel Airmatic
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Rigid Axle 4-Wheel Airmatic
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Air
Suspension Type - Front Indep torsion bar
Suspension Type - Rear 5-link coil springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
Transmission Overdrive Switch Standard