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.