Five adults will fit well in the Escalade, but anyone sentenced to the third-row seat will have a hard time getting in place.
Between six and eight passengers in all can ride in the Escalade. Those in front have the best experience. Kelley Blue Book points out that the seats in front have good travel on their tracks, but in the second row it's a big climb behind them to get to the rear bench.
Car and Driver agrees about the third-row seat and calls it "skimpy." Other sources complement the big front seats, wide and thickly padded for comfort, and the second-row seats with their ample knee and head room.
Cargo space in the Escalade ranges from huge in standard-length models, to positively vast in the ESV edition.
There is no shortage of luxury inside the 2008 Cadillac Escalade; it "communicates luxury instantly," according to Cars.com. The quality of interior materials is high, too. Motor Trend appreciated the Escalade's handsome "blue-lighted gauges," but Kelley Blue Book, thought the "blue pointers impair readability."
Noise is an issue. Some reviewers liked the SUV's blatty exhaust note. ConsumerGuide said it "roars loudly," and contends the noise never really goes away. Kelley Blue Book thinks the sound isn't too "Cadillac-like." ConsumerGuide also points out that the Escalade suffers from an abundance of wind noise around its mirrors and windshield.