With its hybrid power train, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid turns in good fuel economy for such a heavy vehicle without compromising performance. Traffic reporting is well-integrated with the navigation system and driving aids include blind-spot detection and a rear-view camera with object warnings.
Audio sources are limited in the Escalade Hybrid, with no iPod integration available. Bluetooth phone support is basic and can't download a phone's contact list.
The bottom line:
The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid combines ostentatious luxury with an overt green theme, while offering seating for seven, cargo room, and fuel economy worthy of a V-6.
Matching a Cadillac Escalade with a hybrid power train seems ridiculous, but the Cadillac brand is made for taking cars over the top, then finding another top to go over. The Cadillac Escalade, in particular, serves as an example of American excess, a big luxury SUV cruiser never meant to be taken off paved surfaces. Although adding a hybrid power train mitigates the generally poor fuel economy of the gas-only version, its more important function is to highlight the popular green trend. And the Escalade Hybrid makes no secret of its greenness, sporting hybrid signs and badges from every angle.