Cadillac Escalade Interior
Reviewers report that the 2014 Cadillac Escalade's interior is generally constructed with high-quality materials, which give it an opulent appearance. Still, one critic notes there are some cheap materials in places not immediately visible, and some test drivers remark that for such a large vehicle, the Escalade's seating accommodations, especially in the rear rows, are not as spacious as they could be.
- "Climb behind the Cadillac Escalade's steering wheel and you'll find yourself in a handsome space with leather upholstery accented by simulated wood and metal trim." -- Edmunds
- "Interior appearance and most materials meet luxury-class expectations. There are some budget-grade plastics hiding out in less-noticeable spots, though." -- Consumer Guide
- "Even the base 8-passenger SUV models and 5-passenger EXT variant are lavish beyond reason, with leather trim blanketing the seats, doors, steering wheel and center console, and with the interior pillars wearing rich-looking fabric." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
The Escalade seats seven or eight, depending on whether the middle row has standard bucket seats or the optional bench seat. Leather seats, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row captain’s chairs are standard. A heated steering wheel is optional. Most test drivers say that the Escalade's front seats are spacious and comfortable, though one critic says that headroom could be better and rearward visibility is limited. The third row receives low marks, and one reviewer says that it is even too small for kids.
- "Escalade has large, comfortable front seats, but climbing aboard can be a chore even with the included running boards. For a truck this size, it's a bit surprising that some of our testers would have liked more headroom and legroom. We find it a bit odd that the standard power-tilt steering wheel doesn't offer any type of telescopic adjustment. The roof line and tall rear headrests can make it tricky to see out the back." -- Consumer Guide
- "Both front seat and second-row occupants enjoy comfortable accommodations thanks to heated and ventilated seats up front and heated seats in the second row. There's a good amount of head- and legroom for those passengers, too, which is something that can't be said for anyone exiled to the 50/50-split third-row seat. It's cramped even for kids." -- Edmunds
- "In standard-length Escalades, 3rd-row legroom is tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
Standard features on the 2014 Cadillac Escalade include a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and tri-zone automatic climate zone. Optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, blind spot warning and temperature-regulated cupholders.
The Escalade's multimedia controls receive mixed reviews, as some critics find it difficult to pair a smartphone, while others appreciate the simplicity of the Escalade's stereo and climate controls. The Escalade does not have Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system, and one reviewer says that while its absence makes the center stack look somewhat dated, many should find the conventional buttons and knobs easy to use.
- "The instrumentation can be tricky to read in certain lighting conditions. Most everything else is easily understood and nicely organized. In particular, some customers might appreciate Escalade's relatively simple audio, climate, and navigation controls." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Escalade hasn't received Cadillac's latest CUE electronics interface, which means the Escalade's touchscreen and overall dashboard layout looks comparatively dated. But we suspect a lot of people will actually find this older setup a little easier to use." -- Edmunds
- "I struggled from the get-go with its multimedia system and had to reference the owner's manual to pair my smartphone to it. ... The controls weren't well laid out, making it one of the least intuitive systems I've used in a while." -- Mother Proof (2013)
The Escalade has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 60.3 cubic feet with the third row removed and 108.9 cubic feet of total cargo space with the second row folded. A power liftgate is standard. The Escalade's cargo space is very good for the class, and the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV has even more cargo space, with 45.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 90 cubic feet with no third row and 137.4 cubic feet behind the first row. While the Escalade and ESV are praised for their exceedingly large cargo areas, reviewers dislike that the third row must be physically removed from the vehicle in order to maximize cargo space. Many rivals' third rows simply fold forward into the floor. Some test drivers say that the 2014 Escalade also offers a good amount of small-item storage space. However, others say that the Escalade could use more cupholders and a larger console.
- "There isn't much more than grocery-bag space behind the 3rd-row seat. The 3rd-row bench is split 50/50 and flops forward easily enough to open up generous cargo room. The problem is that it doesn't fold flush with the floor. It can be removed completely from the vehicle, but the assembly is very heavy, and it's quite a chore to reinstall. Small-item storage up front is pretty good and includes a large two-level console compartment." -- Consumer Guide
- "The interior's greatest weakness, however, is the antiquated design of those third-row seats. Unlike the examples in many of the Escalade's competitors that fold into a well in the floor, these must be removed and stored in order to take advantage of the interior's humongous cargo hold." -- Edmunds
- "While the center console was beautiful to look at, I needed more nooks and crannies for all the junk that comes with hauling around a bunch of munchkins, and I could have used some more cupholders and bottleholders." -- Mother Proof (2013)
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