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2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.7

The conventional Escalade is known for its roomy and luxurious interior, and the Escalade Hybrid continues that trend.  The interior is packed with luxury finishes and high-tech gear. There are two main differences between the regular and hybrid Escalade's interiors: Because of its battery pack, the hybrid cannot be equipped with second-row captain's chairs, and the hybrid includes a digital readout to help drivers track how efficient their driving is. Overall, reviewers are pleased with the passenger cabin.

  • "Impressive assembly quality, and mostly top-notch materials, though a few plastic pieces disappoint at these prices." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Oddly, for such a large vehicle, the interior felt cramped. This SUV feels wider than it is long, with a third row that is fit only for children, and virtually no cargo space when the third row is in place." -- Mother Proof
  • "The interior uses a small herd of cattle just to wrap the three rows of seats, doors and center console in beautiful leather. It smells delicious every time you enter the SUV." -- Detroit News
  • "The posh cabin is done up in soft leather upholstery and top-quality materials and features controls that are well-placed and intuitive to use. Standard second- and third-row benches provide seating for up to eight passengers. Unfortunately, the comfy second-row captain's chairs offered on the regular Escalade aren't available here." -- Edmunds
  • "Both inside and outside the vehicle, the hybrid version is almost identical to the luxurious regular Escalade (interior pictured above) with leather covering the seats, door trim and center console (so while you might get a hesitant nod from the people at the Sierra Club, the folks at PETA will still hate you)." -- Autobytel


The Cadillac Escalade hybrid can seat up to eight people in three rows.  While the first two rows get high marks for comfort and amenities -- including heated and cooled seats -- the third row doesn't get such good reviews. Critics say it is too low to the floor to be comfortable for adults on long trips.

  • "I felt like king of the road from the throne-like driver's seat." -- NADA Guides
  • "The front seats are especially noteworthy because they offer excellent support without feeling confining."-- Kansas City Star
  • "Escalades have big-rig space on wide, comfortable seats, though the tallest drivers may want more headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 volumes don't seem match the exterior dimensions, however. Although the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has three rows of seats, the last row is low to the floor."-- Dallas Examiner
  • "For that matter, all of the regular model's shortcomings carry over to this one. Most notably, the third-row seats are sort of low to the ground and best suited for smaller people, at least for long drives."-- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid comes with a long list of interior features. Reviewers are also happy with the materials and construction. Another big plus is the Escalade Hybrid's top-notch stereo, DVD entertainment system, DVD-based navigation screen (which includes XM NavTraffic) and energy flow display.

  • "The instrument panel has elegant gauges, few seams and surface textures that are rich and inviting. The layout and design of the radio and climate controls is simple and clean. Large knobs have a quality feel." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The Hybrid's navigation screen features a helpful energy flow display that indicates the status of the vehicle's gas/electric system. Likewise, a gauge in the upper left corner of the instrument panel indicates the most efficient braking range to capture regenerative braking energy, which recharges the battery." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's a wide breadth of technology at your finger tips." -- Detroit News
  • "Much more annoying than the electric-motor whir is the whoosh and swirl of the standard GPS navigation system's DVD drive, something I noticed in the regular Escalade as well. It's rather noisy when it accesses the map disc, which is especially noticeable when you first start the car and it's booting up." -- Cars.com


The 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has decent cargo space, but reviewers are disappointed that the third-row seat doesn't fold flat into the floor. Instead, the bulky seats must be removed from the car. However, they do like the standard power rear liftgate.

  • "The power lift gate blinked the taillights in warning as it opened access to the cargo bay, and the running boards folded down automatically, making it easy to step into the truck. The third row seats weren't quite as kind, requiring some muscle to get them out of the way." -- CNET
  • "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
  • "A power-assisted rear liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button like a mechanical monster waiting to consume your Whole Foods grocery bags. And with 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space, that's a lot of grocery bags." -- Autobytel

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