Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT shares a platform with the Chevrolet Avalanche. This makes the 2009 Escalade EXT the upscale variant of GM's second-generation pickup/SUV line.
The 'Slade, as it's often called, has always been about getting noticed and making a statement, and Cadillac's 2009 model does that job easily even in EXT form. "Updated elements include a more angular face that closely mimics the rest of Cadillac's lineup," says Cars.com. The 2009 Escalade EXT still sports the triangular C-pillar extensions of GM's first-generation SUV-pickups, which are in keeping with the pointy design theme of Cadillac's 2009 look.
The exterior of the 2009 Escalade EXT is well liked. Forbes Autos calls Cadillac's Escalade EXT, 2009 version, "a large and imposing-looking vehicle," with "a massive grille flanked by high-intensity headlamps up front and a multitude of chrome accents around the vehicle." It's a favorite of rappers, pop stars, and professional athletes for a reason, and the 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT's styling will ensure that they continue to turn heads as they roll by. Kelley Blue Book reports, "Those who liked the original Escalade EXT will love the 2009 model, beginning with its styling. Slightly larger and heavier due to added structure and features, it appears perhaps somewhat smaller thanks to its more sleek and crisp new body," and points to its "large, finely-crafted Cadillac signature grille, front fender vent ports and tasteful chrome accents."
On the interior, reviews of the 2009 Escalade EXT remain positive. The only real quibble found by TheCarConnection.com comes from Consumer Guide, which states that the gauges "are large but have blue pointers that can be hard to see in some light conditions." Others are much more complimentary. Forbes Autos reports that the Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009 model's "leather-clad, five-passenger cabin was recently upgraded and feels more luxurious thanks to higher-quality materials and a more attractive design." "The 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT's interior is luxury-plush, surprisingly quiet and raises the luxury and refinement bars another couple of notches. The instrument panel, set lower and farther forward to improve real and perceived room, houses quad round gauges with white needles, blue-light inlays and white LED backlighting," says Kelley Blue Book, adding that "leather covers the seats, doors, steering wheel and center console, while the interior pillars wear rich-looking fabric."
TheCarConnection.com’s editors like the 2009 Escalade EXT’s styling—part blingy urban warrior, part Village People garishness, and part true Texas Cadillac—but note that it won’t stand out in a positive light everywhere. Whether it works is up to you.