2011 Cadillac Escalade Interior
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Reviewers like the Cadillac Escalade's interior, which they say is spacious and plush. With the seating for up to eight people and a bunch of standard features, the Escalade can transport a crowd in comfort and style.
- "The Escalade's cabin, highlighted by supple leather upholstery and attractive faux wood and alloy trim, looks and feels more luxurious than what you'd find in a Tahoe or Yukon." -- Edmunds
- "The interior of the Escalade is enormous, with all three rows providing enough space for adult passengers to ride in comfort." -- CNET
- "The Escalade's new interior is terrific. It communicates luxury instantly." -- Kansas City Star
- "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
The Escalade can seat up to eight people. The standard seating configuration is for seven, with captain's chairs in the front two rows and a three-person bench in the third row. While most reviewers think that the second-row captain's chairs are the most comfortable configuration, a three-person bench in the second row is a no-cost option for buyers who need room for eight. The first two rows are very comfortable, but most reviewers complain about the lack of space in the third row, which is typical in this class. Leather and heated seats are standard, and cooled seats are optional.
- "Escalades have big-rig space on wide, comfortable seats, though the tallest drivers may want more headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide
- "If I had to drive forever in the Escalade's optional heated and cooled seats, I don't think I could complain."-- Cars.com
- "Also, the Escalade's third-row seat is less practical than that of other full-size luxury SUVs, since it both lacks legroom and must be removed in order to get a flat cargo area." -- Edmunds
Reviewers love the 2011 Cadillac Escalade's interior features, and are especially pleased with the design and layout of the dash. The Cadillac Escalade comes standard with rear park assist, a power lift gate and a remote starter. A three month trial of XM satellite radio is standard, as are independent tri-zone climate controls. Escalade buyers can add an optional DVD-based navigation system.
For audiophiles, the Cadillac Escalade comes standard with a premium Bose stereo with dual play (CD/DVD radio), in-dash six CD changer, 10 speakers, and MP3 capability. Independent rear-seat audio controls with two headphone jacks also come standard. There is also an optional rear seat entertainment system that uses an in-dash DVD player with a roof-mounted 8-inch screen, to keep rear passengers happy.
- "Gauges are large but have blue pointers that can be hard to see in some light conditions. All major controls are within easy reach. The navigation system has a large, easy-read touch screen. It also absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
- "The gauges and controls are well-placed and intuitive in their operation, and an upgraded navigation system for 2011 gives the Escalade the latest electronics at GM's disposal." -- Edmunds
- "There's enough bass in [the stereo] system to provoke seismic tremors." -- Car and Driver
- "Sound is full, with rich bass and good separation." -- CNET
The Escalade offers good cargo capacity for its class. Behind the third-row seats is 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. As rear seats are folded or removed, however cargo space drastically increases. With the third row removed, the Escalade has 60.3 cubic feet of cargo space. With the second row folded, the Escalade has a cavernous 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space. However, removing the third-row seats is a sore spot for many reviewers. While competitors have third row seats that fold into the floor, the Escalade's third row seats must be manually removed from the car -- and reviewers say they're heavy.
Buyers who need more room may want to consider the Escalade ESV. In this model, there is 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which is nearly three times as much as the regular Escalade. With the third row removed the ESV has 90 cubic feet of cargo space and with the second row removed, the ESV has 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space -- more than enough room to haul a large piece of furniture or take a couple of kids to college.
- "The 50/50-split third-row seat doesn't provide much legroom and doesn't fold neatly into the floor as in most other SUVs. Instead, owners looking to carry bulky items are forced to either fold and tumble the entire assembly forward -- eating up precious cargo space -- or remove the heavy seats entirely." -- Edmunds
- "Whereas almost every competitor in this segment offers flat-folding third-row seats, those in the Escalade (and in all GMT900 SUVs) fold down into two huge lumps that have to be taken out of the truck to maximize cargo space. [The seats] weigh enough that their removal is a job for strong backs only." -- Car and Driver
- "In the standard-length wagon, only grocery-bag space is available behind the 3rd-row bench. There's plenty of room with those seatbacks flopped down. ESVs have generous space behind the 3rd row. In both wagons, the 3rd-row seat is split into 50/50 sections that don't fold flush with the floor and are heavy and cumbersome to remove or install." -- Consumer Guide