Engine noise is noticeable, but the 2009 Escalade is comfortable for five adults and a couple of small passengers who must find their way to the remote, difficult to access third row.
Cadillac sculpts the seat backs to boost interior space, and the seats travel and recline quite a bit, Kelley Blue Book says, though it can be a climb to get into the vehicle. Power-folding bench second-row seats have comfortable padding, but they must be moved out of the way to access the third-row seat. Car and Driver finds that rearmost bench "skimpy" while other reviewers think the space is adequate. Depending on the model, cargo space behind the third row is either adequate or huge.
We think the Escalade is almost unbeatable for its interior space, and those who like wider seats with softer padding will find much to appreciate inside. The trucklike driving position can be something for short drivers to contend with, but quality and comfort are strong points. Cars.com says the SUV "communicates luxury instantly," and Automobile says its "soft-touch surfaces and finely damped switches" are better than the ones in the other GM SUVs. Motor Trend likes its blue-lit gauges, but Kelley Blue Book says the "blue pointers impair readability."
Exhaust and engine noise crop up in some review complaints. Enthusiast magazines tend to like the vocal roar from the big V-8 engine, but ConsumerGuide complains about the volume and about the amount of wind noise. Kelley Blue Book doesn't find it very "Cadillac-like."