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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid vs. Its Competition

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When it comes to full-size hybrids, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid stands alone.

It's not advertising hype to say that it's the only one of its class.

Make some calls to Chrysler dealerships and you might be able to find an Aspen Hybrid, a vehicle that shares the same hybrid transmission used in the Cadillac.

The Aspen is out of production now and just a few Hybrids were made, but it's a more affordable alternative to the Escalade Hybrid.

Another choice is the all-new 2010 Lexus RX 450h.

The RX 450h is a full hybrid that delivers more economy gains in city driving, but while luxurious and green, it lacks the Cadillac's bling factor and street presence.

Two new clean-diesel options in the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Audi Q7 are compelling alternatives for those who want to use less fuel; both promise strong towing capability and especially good highway fuel economy, without the clatter and smoke of previous diesels.

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q72008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler Aspen
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The 2009 Escalade Hybrid sacrifices no performance, capability, or luxury, yet it uses a fraction of the fuel.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
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There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
MSRP From  
$73,135Browse Used Listings$42,500Browse Used Listings$32,905Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Hybrid V8Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class  
N/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
2WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6LRWD 4-Door Limited
2WDAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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