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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
roars loudly during rapid acceleration
“communicates luxury instantly”
“blue pointers impair readability”
Kelley Blue Book
Although some engine noise intrudes on the high-end experience, the 2010 Cadillac Escalade is comfortable for up to five adults, but accessing third-row seats can be difficult.
Kelley Blue Book says the seats “have sculpted backs to enhance interior space, and both the recline and seat-track travel are quite generous,” and adds that it is “a rather high climb into the passenger compartment.” The power-folding second-row seats are comfortable to sit in, but accessing the third-row seats can be like running an obstacle course. Car and Driver deems the third-row space “skimpy,” but other sources praise the amount of real-world room in the back. Thus, cargo room behind the seats can be expansive or merely adequate depending on whether you opt for the Escalade in its standard guise or as the long-wheelbase ESV.
The quality of the materials in the 2010 Cadillac Escalade is high, and there's no shortage of luxury. Cars.com says the Escalade "communicates luxury instantly," while Automobile Magazine reports that, with “the exception of bristly carpet and cheap-feeling upper dashboard material, the three-row interior's soft-touch surfaces and finely damped switches are a step or two above what you'd find in a Tahoe or a GMC Yukon." Kelley Blue Book considers some of the gauges illegible as the “blue pointers impair readability.” Motor Trend, however, appreciates the Escalade’s tightly manufactured “1mm interior gaps” and its handsome “blue-lighted gauges,” as well as its large “eight-inch nav screen.”
Both engine and exhaust noise are issues for some reviewers. Performance publications tend to like the Escalade’s exhaust note, but ConsumerGuide says the engine "roars loudly during rapid acceleration," while the "exhaust note is nearly always heard." Kelley Blue Book agrees, calling the engine noise not exactly "Cadillac-like." In this case it depends on individual preference, though with the Escalade's brash style a bit of audible exhaust note may go well with its appearance. ConsumerGuide also observes sounds from "wind rush" once the speedometer hits 65 mph.
To TheCarConnection.com’s editors, comfort and quality are where the 2010 Escalade excels. The Escalade is virtually unbeatable for elbow and shoulder room because of its wide cabin. Seats are among the most ample and supportive of any vehicle available. In both models, the second row is nearly as comfortable as the first, and in the ESV, the third row is quite roomy, though a bit difficult to access. And despite its high, trucklike driving position, the 2010 Cadillac Escalade is graced with an attractive instrument panel that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury sedan.
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade could use a little more refinement, but it's comfortable and reasonably quiet, and the materials are top-notch.