Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2009 Ford F-150 VS 2009 Cadillac Escalade Near Goodyear, AZ

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2009 Ford F-150

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2009 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

Both the F-150 and the Escalade EXT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four wheel drive.

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escalade EXT was not a Top Pick.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F-150’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Escalade EXT’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-150 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade EXT.

The F-150’s reliability is better than the Escalade EXT’s. In Consumer Reports, the F-150’s reliability is 116% better.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-150 4x4 5.4 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade EXT (14 city/18 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F-150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escalade EXT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The F-150’s optional fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade EXT (36 vs. 31 gallons).

The F-150 has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Escalade EXT doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-150 stops shorter than the Escalade EXT:

F-150

Escalade EXT

70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

204 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 14.5 inches longer than on the Escalade EXT (144.5 inches vs. 130 inches). The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 27 inches longer than on the Escalade EXT (157 inches vs. 130 inches).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade EXT (10 vs. 9.2 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F-150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 1250 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade EXT.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has standard seating for 6 passengers; the Escalade EXT can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-150 SuperCrew shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Escalade EXT with its rear seat up (55.5 vs. 45.5 cubic feet).

The Ford F-150 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Cadillac Escalade EXT doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-150’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Escalade EXT does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Escalade EXT doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

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