2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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Yes it’s true! Cadillac is planning an Escalade Hybrid so you can have the same pimpin’ pleasure with 25 percent less guilt! When this came across the GM news wire, my first thought was, “Wow! That’s like that fat lady I saw at 7-11 filling up a Super Big Gulp with Diet Coke.”

The Cadillac Hybrid was unveiled at last month’s GM TEN fashion event. The event brings together the worlds of fashion, automotive design and entertainment under one roof. The “green machine” theme of the show features General Motors advanced technology vehicles, including many hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hybrids like the new environmentally friendly Escalade that is sure to get into Al Gore’s good book.

So just how green is the new Escalade? GM claims that harmful emissions will drop significantly, and fuel economy will be boosted by some 25 percent. Upon hearing that my thoughts were, “Wow! It goes from 12MPG to 15MPG!” I guess 25 percent increase sounds a lot better than traveling three more miles on a gallon of gas.

Visually, the Hybrid Escalade looks the same as the normal escalade, but will no doubt cost considerably more. My feeling on this? The money you pay to get that three extra miles per gallon can buy a lot of gas!

Since I’m on the topic of Cadillac Escalade, I figure now would be a great time to post this picture of Jennifer Love-Hewitt with a limited-edition Grammy Escalade. No Hybrid for her!

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74 thoughts on “2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid”

  1. Great car, but too big for my little city… πŸ™„

    1. ilker says:

      Not too big for mine! πŸ˜€

    2. Marc says:

      It’s fine for my city, but not fine for my parking space πŸ˜›

  2. Leftblank says:

    ‘25% less’, but still most likely using a way more than the average European car – I honestly don’t see why the US don’t increase the taxes on cars like this one.
    This kind of cars are overkill for 99% of the population, and yet Joe and Jane Average get their daily shopping with an SUV for less than a European pays for a Smart πŸ˜‰

    1. ilker says:

      Smart is just overpriced. πŸ‘Ώ

      1. ‘Smart’? There’s nothing in this machine that is smart. It’s just doing what it is meant to be built for.

        1. ilker says:

          We are talking about Smart, a brand of automobiles from DaimlerChrysler.

          1. Jonix says:

            Smart is almost a pocket car πŸ˜€
            With a Smart you’ll never have traffic problems

    2. Dave says:

      Some people need these large vehicles. Don’t get me wrong…i’m not arguing that everyone needs them. I know there are a lot of people who drive them frivolously. I’m just saying some people need a big vehicle.

      1. ilker says:

        Families with 7 kids, yes..

        playas, no?

        1. Dave says:

          Exactly my thoughts!

          1. Jonix says:

            You must admit, that this kind of vehicle is beautiful!

          2. Dave says:

            I don’t really like SUV’s to be honest… I prefer sedans πŸ™‚

          3. Jonix says:

            ahh dave, a suv will allways be a suv. Did you drive one?

          4. Dave says:

            I have driven them before. I dislke them for many reasons, the chief among them all the people buying SUVs and driving around with only one person in the car wasting gas.

        2. DanyO says:

          even for a large family, I think a mini-van would be more efficient on gas.

        3. ilker says:

          A mini van is not cool 😎

      2. Josh Rives says:

        You must be talking about Texas. I’m there and yes, people drive big cars even if they don’t need them.

    3. Jonix says:

      It’s not the usa that should raise the taxes, is the europeans who should low the taxes!
      In my country, the taxes for cars are outrageous

    4. Kenny says:

      Agreed, they should tax the crap out of all gas guzzlers then provide a tax rebate for businesses that actually need them.

  3. Go green go? Considering the costs, I would still go for the normal gas cars. Wait till the price dips for them. πŸ˜€ Besides, the road tax on my local roads are enough to kill already!

    1. ilker says:

      You can always get a low cost electric supercar πŸ˜‰

      1. Overall, they are still more expensive to maintain in terms of the time needed to treasure the baby. I would go for the rugged kinda cars.

      2. Jonix says:

        I love that one πŸ™‚

    2. Dave says:

      That’s the problem, everyone is gung-ho about saving the environment….until they find out how much it costs.

      1. Leftblank says:

        It’s not like this SUV is cheap πŸ˜‰ For the same money you could also get a normal shaped car that drives twice as far on the same amount of gasoline, if not further. Not quite green, but less worse than this kind of crap. πŸ™„

  4. Chris Chen says:

    That’s hella cool. I can’t wait for the hybrid Corvette with organic leather seats! πŸ˜‰

    I don’t think cutting an Escalade’s fuel consumption by 25% will make a dent in pollution output. People will just drive their SUV that much more since it’s now cheaper to operate. Probably just end up creating more pollution than before the hybrid!

    Clearly this is a marketing ploy to generate some units sold for GM. The sure need it!

    1. ilker says:

      Rich people don’t care about pollution. 😈

      1. DanyO says:

        yeah, that’s too bad, I think rich people should do their part, just like the rest of us.

    2. Dave says:

      Global warming is a crock anyway. All the Co2 made by man every year is a very miniscule percentage compared to the co2 made from decaying planets, animal feces , dead animals etc.

      So small that it’s unlikely it is having an effect on our climate.

      1. ilker says:

        You are forgetting industries.. main source of man-made CO2 emissions ❗

        1. Dave says:

          No, I am not. including all factories and other sources of CO2 in the world. Every unnatural (i.e. decaying bodies is natural) source of CO2 from man, is a tiny tiny fraction of the CO@ that is released every year.

      2. Leftblank says:

        I don’t think you’ve got any highly rated sources to back that up Dave. Let’s face it, mankind does contribute bigtime to the amount of CO2 – you can simply calculate that, every scientists will admit that. If the CO2 is the main cause is questionable, but not whether it’s increasing or not, it’s simply been measured.

    3. derrich says:

      Now THAT would be sweet. Anything Vette. =)

  5. ilker says:

    Last pic: 😯 Wow waa wee waa!

    1. ilker says:

      I mean nice dress πŸ˜‰

      1. derrich says:

        Those are nice. What?!?!? 😈

  6. sunny says:

    The problem is that my 1989 GMC Jimmy gets 12-15 MPG with its 350 V8 and my 2006 Kia Rio averages about 32-36 on the highway–neither of which are hybrids. Since the Rio gets better mileage–and is A LOT lighter on my pocketbook–than most of the hybrids on the market what motivation do I have to change?

  7. Harry L says:

    I agree with your fat lady analogy. SUV’s are just big obnoxious living rooms on wheels. I would much rather drive a Monster Truck!

    Seriously, I recently was talking to a car salesman
    and he was recommending against buying a hybrid car. First of all, you are paying a premium for a new product. Also, it is very likely that the electric battery will have to be replaced in a couple of years at a significant cost. All this cost for a fractional gas savings only make sense if you are a major league commuter putting serious mileage on your car.

    One more thing I’d like to point out; Most people think that most of our oil consumption comes from driving cars. In fact, only a third of U.S. oil consumption is used for gasoline, and only around
    a third of gasoline use is used by passenger cars. The bottom line is that only around 15% of U.S. oil consumption is due to passenger car use.
    ( Most use comes from manufacturing) So really if everyone changed their vehicles for a 25% gain
    in mileage, it would not really be that significant.

  8. derrich says:

    I’m happy that Jennifer Love Hewitt endorses the new Hybrid Escalade. What were we talking about?

    1. ilker says:

      Jennifer Love Hewitt is cool! πŸ˜€

      1. derrich says:

        Gotta Love the Love. :mrgreen:

    2. msdanielle says:

      sorry but i can’t stand how her eyes do that anime thing when she smiles. other than that, yea she’s cute. have you seen her in the new Hanes commercials? lol

  9. Nice…. truck. Yes – I was looking at the truck.

    1. Yeah nice truck. I’m looking at it too. The truck that is. 😎

    2. derrich says:

      Whatever. We know you weren’t looking a tit…at it. Sorry.

  10. DanyO says:

    I think buying a gas guzzler like this (even in it’s hybrid form) is irresponsible. I don’t think there is a need for this kind of vehicle except for showing off. But i guess a lot of people like to flash, so they buy it.

  11. jem5 says:

    Jennifer Love Hewitt… πŸ˜†

  12. Andrew says:

    While this hybrid Escalade is not going to revolutionize gas consumption it’s at least a step in the right direction. In five years hopefully the hybrid Escalade will actually get some decent gas mileage to make purchasing it actually worth it. Does anyone think in ten years or longer most cars are going to be hybrids and some even electric? With gas prices at $3.20 in Southern California I can only dream.

    On the Hewitt front they were filming her show Ghost Whisperer down the street from where I live but alas no star spottings. Look for an upcoming episode with a really creepy house, the same house they used in Jim Carrey’s 23 movie that just came out.

  13. Gregg says:

    My brother-in-law the movie industry driver spent several months at the end of last year driving a star around in an Escalade. First one was 2 weeks old when he picked it up, and had to be returned 2 weeks later when it’s oil leakage got so bad that they had to add oil every hour just to get it through the last day. Second one was a month old and didn’t leak, but he brought it by my place and was showing me how the body panels didn’t line up and other little things that certainly shouldn’t be on a very expensive vehicle. He said the first one had the exact same issues.

    1. derrich says:

      Oil measured in gallons rather than quarts. Awesome!!! *insert thumbs up Jesus pic*

  14. Jeff Kee says:

    A Cadillac Hybrid – It’s like the oil companies strutting around with environmental campaigns. It’s like raping a woman and then cuddling with her later.

    1. ilker says:

      πŸ’‘ Heheh.. good point!

    2. derrich says:

      …or cigarette companies with their “The Truth” campaigns. Good thing people have no idea those are put out by cig companies.

  15. James says:

    I wonder if it will be enough to avoid the gas-guzzling tax. Probably just enough.
    Al Gore can then buy 10 of these to drive around in and tell me how my civic is bad for the environment.
    Who is this Hewitt guy I keep hearing Jennifer loves?

    1. DanyO says:

      too many people (and politicians) are all talk and no action about this global warming stuff. But I guess this is what happens when a subject becomes part of daily politics, it’s just cool to talk about…

  16. Sean says:

    I’ll stick to my imports πŸ™‚

    I don’t care if they are making a hybrid, the Escalade is a stupid vehicle..well, not so much the vehicle itself so much as the people driving them.

    The people I see driving them around here are either the “cool” rich kids who’s parents bought them one so they can drive around and act like idiots all day, or some rich guy with no family and has no use for it except to try and get laid.

    Same goes for you “heavy duty” pickup truck drivers that live in the suburbs….DON’T buy them! What they hell do you need a truck for?!?

    /rant

    1. DanyO says:

      agreed.

      I drive a Ranger pickup, because I do a lot of hauling… But people who buy full size pickups and don’t need it are just tools. they should spend their money more wisely.

  17. TJantunen says:

    That is a nice car :mrgreen:

  18. GSkrilla says:

    Great Pic John!! Love J Hew!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  19. Yah I don’t know about these Cadillac’s, I think they are ugly as hell. The last Cadillac Escalade was much better looking. But Hybrid, that is kind of cool. Study still show that the extra money spent on a hybrid vehicle is still not worth the fuel savings. So it is a losing investment, but most people probably don’t buy hybrid to save money.

    Adam

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  20. derrich says:

    Anyone else but me notice that JLH has nice feet? No? 😯 😳

  21. Rob O. says:

    Malcolm Gladwell has an interesting take on SUVs and their perceived safety

    There’s little or no reason for any average commuter to own a vehicle that’s powered by a 6 or 8-cylinder engine – hybrid or otherwise. Now, sure, there are people who use their vehicles for tasks that require more oomph. But here in wild West Texas, you see an awful lot of rednecks driving $40k quad-cab Ford Lariats, Chevy Tahoes, and other monstrously oversized vehicles for doing nothing more than commuting to work – alone.

    The prevailing attitude here – and I suspect most other areas of this country – is something like, “By God, if you ain’t got yerself a big dick truck, well heck, ya just ain’t much of a man, now are ya?”

    We’ve got to find ways to begin to alter people’s notions about cars – these things are transit. Car-makers and advertisers manufactured the mindset that bigger and faster is better. Maybe that flew 40 years ago, but they need to get on-board with pushing the public to adopt a new mentality for this decade.

  22. Wow, that’s a nice car!

  23. TxtBuff says:

    yeah this is nice!

  24. I’m no super-green person, I drive a 2-seater BMW sports convertible and I’m sure have my very own carbon footprint bigger than others but I really fail to see why anyone would need a vehicle this big. There’s no point in having space if all you do is admire it rather than use it!

  25. Amanda says:

    I was thinking about when i become a millionare about the lexus hybrid but i dunno

  26. Chris M says:

    I want one of these with Jen in it! πŸ™‚

  27. I just had a dream about it the other night…that’s definitely one smokin’ ride [the Escalade]. πŸ˜‰

  28. Brad says:

    well… you’se people who don’t like suvs are wrong lol.. i own a 2005 Cadillac Escalade and i couldn’t be more happier with its performance, i mean sure, its only me and my girlfriend, but i do have a lot of friends and it’s nice when we go out to bars and houses that we all can get in one ride together instead of taking 2 cars to get there. I mean yeah i like seeing people’s heads turn but thats not why i baught it, Sure i dont go offroad but do you really need to? its our buisness if we buy these trucks, were paying for it not you, so just live your own life. 😎

  29. A big old SUV definitely has its perks; leg room is priceless! Could come in handy for some people, sure. πŸ™‚

  30. it’s a step in the right direction, but 15mpg is still bad.

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