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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Impressive assembly quality
Cargo capacity maxes out at a spacious 109 cubic feet
Inside, there's standard seating for eight
No matter how good the interior comfort and quality, it's hard to exceed the expectations set by a $70,000-plus price tag. While the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid might not surpass prediction, it certainly doesn't disappoint. The controls are all but identical to those of the standard Escalade and work competently without need for extensive training or references to the owner's manual. The touch-screen center stack is easy and logical to operate, and the audio system's ability to save favorite tuning presets regardless of frequency (AM, FM, or XM Satellite Radio) is a bonus. The Hybrid differences are limited to a power gauge in the cluster and different digital messaging in the displays.
Passengers will find quite a bit of room to stretch out inside the spacious cabin of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. ConsumerGuide reviewers point out that the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid features "big-rig space on wide, comfortable seats," while the second row offers "comfortable seats [that] furnish good headroom and legroom." Automobile Magazine notes that the interior offers "standard seating for eight, although legroom for the third-row seats is compromised because batteries for the hybrid powertrain are located under the second-row seats." Cars.com agrees, saying the rear seats are "best suited for smaller people, at least for long drives."
Beyond the seats, ConsumerGuide reviewers discover "good cabin storage [that] includes a large bi-level console bin." While the rear seat may not be the best place for adults, the load bay with the third seat folded down holds a full-size load. Edmunds remarks that this "spacious people hauler" offers a cargo capacity that "maxes out at a spacious 109 cubic feet," more than enough for most families.
General Motors interiors have improved greatly in materials in recent years, and the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a prime example. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com offer nothing but praise for the quality of the Cadillac Escalade's interior. ConsumerGuide cites the "impressive assembly quality and mostly top-notch materials," and Automobile Magazine adds to the mountain of compliments, finding that "interior build quality and fit/finish on the examples we drove were excellent." Edmunds reviewers agree, reporting that $70,000 will buy you "build quality [that] is beyond reproach," as well as "materials quality [that] is excellent."
The exemplary build quality also keeps interior noise to a minimum, something the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid does better than most vehicles, given its ability to run solely on electricity at low speeds. ConsumerGuide observes that "the Hybrid is nearly silent at ignition and at rest," with nothing but "a subtle electrical whirring noise" to let you know when you begin accelerating. Edmunds concludes that the cabin's "stillness rivals that of a library reading room." The only detriment to comfort in the Escalade is ride quality, which ConsumerGuide attributes to the Hybrid's "extra weight and standard 22-inch wheels."
While the third row is cramped for a full-size SUV, the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a very comfortable, well-appointed truck.