The Escalade EXT's interior sports as much room as the three-row ESV Escalade when the Midgate is locked in place. It's fitted with five seats maximum, not six as on the Chevy Avalanche-Cars.com reports "two rows of seats accommodate five occupants"-but the seats are even more lavish and leathered up.
ConsumerGuide warns that the Escalade EXT "is a tall truck, so some climbing is needed to get in." Once in, though, front passengers have access to all sorts of storage in a deep, wide front console, plenty of legroom, and plush ventilated leather seats to keep cool. There's "big-rig space on wide, comfortable seats," ConsumerGuide adds, "though the tallest drivers may want more headroom and legroom." The rear seats are comfortably formed and fold down when the EXT's Midgate drops to expand the pickup bed; when they're folded down, the Escalade EXT has a very useful "54.3 cubic feet of cargo space," Cars.com points out.
When the Midgate's down, of course, the EXT only seats two-but the pickup bed expands from a little more than five feet to about eight and a half feet, enough to carry a queen-sized mattress with some careful wedging. A lockable, standard tonneau cover protects items in the cargo bed or can be removed entirely for added space. ForbesAutos reports that "the rear window and the bed cover also can remain in place with the Midgate folded to create a huge enclosed trunk, perfect for protecting long, flat objects from the elements." ConsumerGuide notes that, with the rear seats in the "up" position, the hard tonneau and locking tailgate make the pickup bed "essentially a deep, 40-cubic-foot trunk."
The quality of the 2010 Escalade EXT's construction is as good as any luxury truck. Edmunds says the "five-passenger cabin has an elegant, upscale ambiance thanks to the use of finely stitched leather and accents of wood and metal," though as is the case with almost all vehicles today, "a few cheap plastic trim pieces can still be found." ConsumerGuide also notes "a few plastic pieces disappoint at these prices," but compared with other vehicles in the class and the previous Escalade, the new EXT "feels more luxurious thanks to higher-quality materials," ForbesAutos reports.