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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Opting for the Platinum package is akin to checking every box on the option list
aniline and Nuance leather upholstery, olive ash and walnut burl wood trim, various aluminum accents
Car and Driver
comes so loaded with amenities — heated and cooled leather seats, magnetic ride control, a side-mirror blind-spot warning system — that the only option on my test vehicle was fanciful power-deployed running boards
New York Times
Center-point signal processing and eight-channel digital equalization allow extensive audio customization via the main screen, including simulated surround for stereo sources.
The Escalade is a luxury vehicle in look and feel no matter which of its trims you choose; but opting for one of the high-end models, or some of the appearance options, may give you the feeling that you're driving something even more exclusive.
Executive-car services and those who simply want an Escalade in the garage will be happy with the base level equipment, which includes standard heated power seats, tri-zone climate control, power-adjustable pedals, and a magnificent-sounding Bose system with USB port. The center console is wide enough to set a laptop on, and there's of course plenty of elbow room.
For those who must have tech, along with a unique, no-holds-barred look, the Platinum is the way to go; it adds unique chromed 22-inchers, special Tehama anilene leather, heated and cooled cupholders, LED headlamps, a leather-trimmed instrument panel, and many other appearance and trim upgrades.An eight-inch touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic is available, as are a Bose 5.1 Digital Surround Sound system, cooled front seats, and power-actuated running boards. The navigation system might prove a sore point to some shoppers, as while it works perfectly well it's not a part of a more advanced infotainment or control system, like BMW's iDrive or Cadillac's new CUE system that's coming to the XTS and ATS models this year.
Even demanding luxury shoppers will be satisfied with the Escalade's Platinum Edition guise.