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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Will come standard with dual front air bags
Crash tests have shown that bigger isn't always better when it comes to passenger protection, but the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has both the safety features and sturdy body structure to protect occupants in all sorts of conditions.
The quickest measure of a vehicle's safety is its crash-test ratings, and on the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid those credentials are unrivaled. While the IIHS has not yet tested the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, the vehicle has performed very well in NHTSA tests. In those tests, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid proves itself worthy of the Agency's highest crash-test rating. In both frontal and side impact collisions, the Hybrid Escalade demonstrates that it can withstand a collision and protect its occupants with a high degree of safety. Editors at TheCarConnection.com find it worth noting, however, that the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid receives a mere three stars in rollover protection, but this isn't uncommon in the world of high-center-of-gravity SUVs.
Aside from crash-test ratings, consumers want to know what sorts of features will work to keep them out of harm's way. The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid boasts quite a few active and passive features, as Edmunds states that "standard safety equipment on the Escalade Hybrid includes traction control, stability control, OnStar, [and] a rearview camera with park assist." J.D. Power reviewers add that "dual front air bags" and "head-protecting curtain side air bags with rollover deployment," as well as "anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes," all come standard on the Hybrid Escalade.
Like most SUVs, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid suffers from some problematic blind spots. ConsumerGuide warns that "visibility astern and to the right-rear is hindered by the roof design," but the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid offers "standard rear obstacle detection and....available rearview camera" that help compensate for the poor sightlines.
Drivers of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid can take confidence in the fact that they are surrounded by airbags and a big, energy-absorbent vehicle.