Compare 2009 Cadillac Escalade vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2009 Cadillac Escalade
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 12 19 $58,161 $62,205
AWD 4-Door 12 19 $60,545 $64,755
2WD 4-Door Platinum Edition 12 19 $76,048 $81,335
AWD 4-Door Platinum Edition 12 19 $78,385 $83,835
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $49,662 $53,400
4MATIC 4-Door 4.6L 13 18 $51,987 $55,900
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 17 $71,959 $77,375
Pricing
Invoice Price
$58,161
$49,662
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$62,205
$53,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1037 / month
$890 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Fuel Economy
City
12 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
19 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 34.0
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.0
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
64.4 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 40.0
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
60.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.3 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 143
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 76.0
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
21.8 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.6 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
202.5 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9 -
Height, Overall (in)
75.9 72.4 - 75.6
Step Up Height - Front (in)
21.8 -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - -
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 121.1
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9 -
Length, Overall (in)
- 200.6
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 65.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- 65.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 7.9 (10.9 w/Air Suspension)
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 43.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 14.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.8 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 13.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 26.4
Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 39.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R18 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QXK NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZRS NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - -
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R18 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - -
Rear Tire Order Code
QXK NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7900 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1185 750
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3250 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2855 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
14000 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3550 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2635 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 5296
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
17.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Diesel V6
Fuel System
SFI CDI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
417 @ 4300 398 @ 1600 - 2800
Engine Order Code
L9H NA
Displacement
6.2L/376 3.0L/182.3
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
403 @ 5700 215 @ 3800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
12 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
15 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
19 24
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.42 (Comfort Mode: 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.86
Trans Order Code
MYC NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
HD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.38
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Drivetrain
2WD 4-Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Cadillac Escalade Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Code
NA -
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Indep torsion bar Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.42 -
Axle Type - Front
Independent -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3925 -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-link coil springs 4-Arm Multi-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- w/Spring-Struts
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Spring-Struts
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder-type -
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 -

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