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in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $40,862 - $50,093
Original MSRP: $74,135 - $88,435
MPG: 20 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Interior

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Overall, reviewers are pleased with the 2011 Escalade Hybrid’s interior. It’s nearly identical to the gas-powered Escalade, so its cabin is roomy and luxuriously appointed. The biggest problem with the interior is the third row. Reviewers agree that it’s only fit for children, and that it’s bulky and troublesome to remove, since it doesn’t fold flat into the floor. Additionally, the Hybrid’s second row is only available as a bench seat, rather than the two captain’s chairs that the conventional Escalade offers.

  • "Drivers and passengers feel pampered the moment they get in until the moment they hear the electric running board open up outside the vehicle, gracefully allowing for an easy exit.” -- Detroit News
  • ”The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid's cabin is nearly identical to that found in the conventionally powered version, boasting a stylish contemporary design with top-quality materials and finish. The layout of its controls is straightforward and their operation is intuitive, including the standard navigation system.” -- Edmunds
  • “Impressive assembly quality, and mostly top-notch materials, though a few plastic pieces, especially the lower inside door panels, disappoint at these prices.” – Consumer Guide

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Seating

Reviewers give the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid good marks for seat comfort in the first two rows. The front seats are heated and cooled, a standard feature which buyers would have to pay extra for on many other luxury SUVs. The Escalade can seat up to eight people, but reviewers say that if you’re going to seat people in the third row, only children will be comfortable.

  • "The big front seats are comfortable and can be adjusted into almost any configuration conceived. The second row seats are just as nice as the front, with the optional DVD entertainment system screens mounted directly into the back of the headrest of the front seats." -- Detroit News
  • "There's room for as many as eight, but the rearmost seats offer cramped legroom for all but small passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "The second-row seat is a bench under which the battery pack is stowed-so captain's chairs and the one-touch power flip 'n fold seat are not available. For unknown technical reasons, engineers say they could not offer a heated steering wheel." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid comes with a staggering number of standard features. Navigation, heated and cooled front seats and a rearview camera all come with the base model. Only a few add-ons are available, but not as individual options. These small extras like heated and cooled cup holders, more chrome trim, and fancier leather will run you another $11,800, since you’ll have to upgrade to the $85,640 Platinum trim to get them. Reviewers say that the Escalade Hybrid’s navigation system is intuitive, which is an especially big deal since most luxury brands’ navigation/infotainment systems are notoriously finicky and complicated.

  • "The comfort and interior ambiance of the Escalade is excellent, but you can do pretty well in that department with a GMC Yukon Denali for less--as is the case of just about any of these luxury-marque large SUVs that are derived from a corporate truck platform.” -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid's cabin is nearly identical to that found in the conventionally powered version, boasting a stylish contemporary design with top-quality materials and finish. The layout of its controls is straightforward and their operation is intuitive, including the standard navigation system.” -- Edmunds 
  • "The cabin is largely the same as a regular Escalade's, but there are a few hybrid-specific features. The Escalade Hybrid's instrument cluster gains an additional gauge that monitors the efficiency of the vehicle, and the instrument panel gets some hybrid graphics, too. The standard navigation system screen can also display a graphical representation of the hybrid system and its operation.” -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2011 Escalade Hybrid can carry a maximum of 108.9 cubic feet of cargo with the second row of seats folded flat and the third row of seats removed. However, reviewers don’t like the difficult process of removing the cumbersome third row, especially with most SUVs offering third rows that fold flat. With the send row in use and the third row out, the Hybrid offers a spacious 60.3 cubic feet of space, but with all three rows in use there’s only 16.9 cubic feet left over for you to stow your gear.

  • "As we hit the road, we packed our suitcases into the rear cargo area, which was made very easy, thanks to the automatic liftgate, which opens and closes at the push of a button on either the tailgate itself or the remote key fob." -- NADA Guides
  • "When it comes time to load up with cargo, those 50/50-split third-row seats also don't fold away conveniently like those in competitors; they are heavy and awkward to remove, and must be stored elsewhere. Once out, though, there's 109 cubic feet of maximum cargo space available.” -- Edmunds
  • “The cargo space behind the third row is puny; there's enough space for a light grocery run and an umbrella stroller, but not much more than that. Expanding the cargo space isn't simple, either. You can fold the back of the third row down, but this doesn't create a flat surface. To get more usable cargo space you have to tumble it forward like the second-row seats. Who wants to struggle with that? Many competitors have a fold-flat third row; surely Cadillac can figure out how to do it, too.” – Mother Proof

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