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2010 Cadillac Escalade Interior Review

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


Interior: 8.8

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.

  • "Considering its working-class roots, the Escalade has come a long way over the past decade. The passenger cabin now features a noticeably more upscale look and luxurious feel set off by supple leather upholstery and attractive faux wood and alloy trim." -- 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 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
  • "That 50/50-split third-row seat is actually the interior's most significant weakness, given its distinct lack of legroom and the fact that it doesn't fold neatly into the floor as in most other SUVs." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers love the 2010 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.

The 2010 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. Newly standard for 2010 is a USB jack so you can play music from, and control, your MP3 player through the Escalade's stereo.

  • "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
  • "Handsome double-stitched leather upholstery and faux wood trim are complemented by an impressive list of upscale standard features." -- Edmunds
  • "There's enough bass in [the stereo] system to provoke seismic tremors." -- Car and Driver
  • The stereo's "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.

  • "Owners looking to carry bulky items are forced to either make do with folding and tumbling the entire assembly forward, which eats up precious cargo space, or face the hassle of removing one or both very heavy sections of the seat 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
  • "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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