2009 Cadillac Escalade vs. Its Competition

2009 Cadillac Escalade
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Escalade’s main competition, in terms of features, comes from the Lincoln Navigator, but the look and feel of the Navigator is antiquated; it forgoes a flashy appearance for more conservative details.

The V-8 powering the Navigator provides adequate performance but comes up short against the Escalade.

The Aspen offers a wide range of luxury features, but it's a half-size smaller than the Escalade, yet isn't any less cumbersome—or much more fuel-efficient—to drive.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a little more manageable, but it's not quite as roomy inside either.

Both the QX56 and the LX 570 have some measure of off-road ability, but their on-road handling suffers.

None of these vehicles arguably have the reputation, recognition, and curb appeal that the Escalade enjoys in some circles.

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited2008 Chrysler Aspen
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2008 Lexus LX 5702008 Lexus LX 570
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2008 Lincoln Navigator 2WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2008 Lincoln Navigator
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2008 Mercedes Benz GL Class 4.6L2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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Quick Specs
Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
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.
The 2008 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with worthwhile technology, but it's not as distinctive as a Range Rover or an Escalade.
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator has more going for it than bling.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6
EPA Class    
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door Limited4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
2WDRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door
HD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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