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2009 Cadillac Escalade Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Cadillac Escalade was new.


Interior: 8.9

The luxurious and spacious interior of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade receives mostly favorable reviews. With the seating for up to eight people and a host of luxury features standard, the Escalade can transport a crowd in comfort and style.

  • "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 disappoint at these prices." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For those not immediately smitten with the Escalade's shape, the cabin makes a case of its own with an exclusive dash design, sumptuous leather seating and mostly high-quality materials" -- Edmunds


The Escalade offers buyers many different seating configurations and the ability to seat up to eight people. The standard seating holds 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 reviewers are mixed on the third-row bench. 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

Interior Features

Reviewers love the 2009 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 buys can add an optional DVD-based navigation system. With all that tech, a vocal minority of reviewers found the interior too busy.

  • "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 Escalade's two-tone dash has graceful lines that easily accommodate a large, colorful navigation screen and faux walnut inlays" -- Edmunds
  • "The center stack has no fewer than 40 individual buttons and dials to manipulate not counting all the options on the touch-control navigation and audio screen. The controls are well annotated though I'll acknowledge. In this case elegance is not necessarily simplicity." -- The Auto Channel

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2009 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 head phone 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.

  • "There's enough bass in this 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. Removing the third-row seats proved a sore spot for many reviewers.

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 (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.

  • "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
  • "The total interior volume of the Escalade is 108.9 cubic feet, much more than either the Lexus LX 570 (83.1 cubic feet) or Infiniti QX56 (91.7 cubic feet) and slightly more than the Lincoln Navigator's 103.5 cubic feet." -- Cars.com

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