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2013 Cadillac Escalade Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Cadillac Escalade was new.


Interior: 7.5

Most critics say the 2013 Cadillac Escalade has a luxurious look and upscale materials. One reviewer highlights the leather upholstery, steering wheel and center console for being high-quality. Still, another test driver notes that some materials in less-noticeable areas are cheap-looking.

  • "Interior materials are in-line with the class, at least on most of things you see and touch. Some less-noticed panels are covered in cost-cutting plastic." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Escalade's cabin, highlighted by supple leather upholstery and attractive faux-wood and alloy trim, looks and feels more luxurious than a Tahoe or Yukon's interior." -- Edmunds
  • "With plush leather seats that are heated and cooled and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Escalade's interior is not only fancy but also comfortable." -- Mother Proof
  • "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


The 2013 Cadillac Escalade has standard seating for seven, and seating for eight with its optional second-row bench seat. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled and power-adjustable front seats are standard. A heated steering wheel and power-folding second-row seats are available.

Reviewers think the first row has wide and comfortable seats, but one critic says some drivers may want more leg- and headroom. The second and third rows get mixed reviews from auto writers. One critic says that the second-row seats are comfortable with plenty of head- and legroom, while another says that they are cramped and that even kids didn’t have enough space with car seats in place. A majority of critics think the third-row is cramped and uncomfortable.

  • "Even though the 2013 Escalade has seating for seven with second-row captain's chairs or eight if you opt for the available three-seat bench in the second row, I find the numbers to be laughable. My family of five - with three in child-safety seats - lacked legroom in all rows and were cramped overall." -- Mother Proof
  • "Despite having large, comfortable seats, some drivers might wish for a bit more headroom and legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 50/50-split third-row seats don't provide much legroom, however, and the middle passenger must sit atop the gap between seats." -- Edmunds
  • "As you can probably imagine, leg- and headroom were more than adequate in the second-row seats, and I fit pretty comfortably into the bench seat in back." -- The Dallas Morning News (ESV)

Interior Features

The 2013 Cadillac Escalade comes with standard features like a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available features or features standard on higher trims include a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring and heated and cooled cupholders.

The majority of reviewers say the audio and climate controls are well-placed and easy to reach. One test driver says that the navigation system is one of the best on the market. Another critic dislikes the infotainment system and finds it hard to pair a smartphone.

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  • "GM's audio/climate/navigation integration is among the best in the business. Everything is easy to reach and simple to understand." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The gauges and controls are well-placed and intuitive in operation, and there are plenty of luxurious features to keep driver and passengers comfortable and entertained." -- 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


The 2013 Cadillac Escalade has 108.9 cubic feet of total cargo space, 60.3 cubic feet with the third row removed and 16.9 cubic feet when all seats are in use. The long wheelbase Escalade ESV has even more space, with 137.4 cubic feet of total space, 90 cubic feet with no third row and 45.8 cubic feet behind the third row. The ESV has the most storage space in the class. A power liftgate comes standard on both models. Test drivers agree that removing the third-row seats to maximize cargo space is tedious and annoying.

  • "In both wagons, the 3rd-row seat is split into 50/50 sections that don't fold flush with the floor and are extremely heavy and cumbersome to remove or install." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Removing the third-row seats yields a cavernous 60.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second-row seats. Fold those second-row seats down and cargo capacity grows to an impressive 108.9 cubic feet." -- 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

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