2022 Cadillac Escalade Interiors

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2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV Infotainment, Seating and Interior Features

Updated on: March 2, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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There is a big difference between what we Americans consider a full-size SUV and what the rest of the world does. The Cadillac Escalade has proudly roamed the highways for many years and its tailor made for the US market only. Outside the states, the 2022 Escalade can easily be qualified as a minibus for its size. Also, Escalade is a status symbol for people who have achieved the American Dream. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade Dashboard

The 2022 Escalade has such a menacing look and road presence that it's been a go-to SUV for people who want to convey a bold message. Only American SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have the swag to be bold without trying hard. Other rivals include the BMW X7 and the Lexus LX 600.

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2022 Cadillac Escalade Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort

We were so amazed to see the new interior on the 2022 Escalade; we can't really describe it in words. Seriously, the only weak point for the Cadillac Escalade was its decade-old cabin. With this issue resolved Cadillac is surely going to see sales figures surging up. The 2022 MY feels completely different. The dashboard is designed keeping simplicity in mind and all the trims get genuine leather treatment on the dashboard except for the very base trim which gets faux leather. Also, the piano black inserts on the dashboard certainly ups the elegance game. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade Rear Seats

Moreover, the digital instrument cluster and an infotainment screen with a unique design layout might make you feel like the designers were a bit too eager to make the cabin stand out. Passenger space and comfort is as good as ever it was. As standard, we get 12-way power adjustable seats with heating function for both rows. The second row gets captain's chairs which can recline or slide. It’s the third row that’s what makes this SUV stand out in the industry. Getting in the third row is really convenient as the second-row seats fold up quite a lot to create a huge ingress area. The ESV or extended wheelbase variant will add even more space on the third row and in the trunk, almost double of what we get in the standard variant. 

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2022 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Lexus LX 600

2022 BMW X7

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.3/65.5/44.5

41.8/65.2/43.9

37.8/61.4/41.1

41.9/60/39.8

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/64.6/41.7

40/65.1/42.6

38.9/58.8/36.6

39.9/58.1/37.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/62.7/34.9

37.3/64.2/40.9

35.2/56.1/31.1

36.6/47.9/33.3

The interior of the BMW X7 has a great fit and finish but there isn't anything special about this. Their cabin styling is pretty much the same on most vehicles with better materials as you go higher. On the Lincoln Navigator though the dashboard feels high end and the seats are one of the best in the business with dedicated bolster adjustments. The Lexus LX 600 too has a very basic-looking dashboard but obviously gets high-end materials. 

2022 Cadillac Escalade Infotainment

The infotainment unit on the 2022 Escalade comprises 3 OLED screens stacked upon each other but still look like they are a single unit. The sizes of these screens are larger than life just like the Escalade itself. The main infotainment screen spans a huge 16.9 inches and is touch-sensitive and can be controlled by the circular knob on the center console. The 14.2-inch instrument cluster is the biggest in the market right now.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Infotainment System

 The stereo system on the Escalade is powered by AKG and comes with a 19-speaker setup as standard for all but the Platinum trim. The top-trim Platinum gets a 36-speaker system for a truly immersive listening experience. The rear-seat entertainment package will add 12.6-inch screens with streaming capabilities. Other features include natural voice recognition, personalized profiles, SiriusXM 360L subscription, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

Key Infotainment Features

  • 16.9-inch touch screen display
  • 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 36-speaker AKG stereo (Premium Luxury Platinum)
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Navigation
  • Natural voice recognition
  • SiriusXM 360L subscription

2022 Cadillac Escalade Cargo Capacity

2022 Cadillac Escalade is probably one of the best Full-size SUVs. With all the seats up, we have 25.5 cubic feet of space, and folding the third row will give you 72.9 cubic feet of space which is enough for a crazy amount of full-size luggage.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Cargo Space

We don’t think that anyone will ever need the kind of cargo space it has with all the seats folded. But if you do somehow, it has a cavernous 121 cubic feet of space. The extended wheelbase variant gets 42 cubic feet and 142 cubic feet of space with the seats up and with them folded respectively.

Models

2022 Cadillac Escalade

2022 Lincoln Navigator

2022 Lexus LX 600

2022 BMW X7

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

25

20.9

N/A

12.8

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

121

103.4

N/A

90.4

The Lincoln Navigator's trunk is still huge compared to its non-American rivals but it still can't reach up to the Cadillac. BMW X7 has enough cargo space for 4 passengers only.

Additional Interior Storage Spaces

Space inside the cabin is great on the 2022 Escalade with huge door bins that can store a lot of stuff. Cup holders and some cubby space is there under a sliding cover on the floating center console. There's quite a lot of space under it which might be helpful to keep medium size grocery bags as well. The center storage space is deep enough and a refrigeration unit can be installed here as well.

2022 Cadillac Escalade Creature Comforts

On the base trim, we get 3-zone climate control and heated seats on both rows. The second-row seats can be reclined and come with a little center console for the climate control settings and storage area. On the higher trims, we get soft closing doors, panoramic sunroof, and massage seats with added adjustment settings and ventilation. Since the Escalade is a huge SUV, talking with third-row passengers will be a pain but there is a solution. The conversation enhance mode on the Escalade will transmit the driver's voice through speakers to the third-row passengers. 

For the second-row passengers, it has an optional infotainment system with HDMI ports and wireless headphones. Also, you get power folding third-row seats, surround ambient lighting, Wood veneer and platinum interior accents.

Verdict

If you are to compare the 2022 Escalade with any of the European contenders, then there's none that come even close and the Japanese are way too busy selling reliable budget SUVs. The Escalade has been a perfect luxury SUV for large families but the interior was holding back buyers from actually considering one. But things have changed since 2021 and the cabin is classier and more elegant than ever. Escalade and Lincoln Navigator are the only SUVs that have practical third-row seating and if you have the space to park one, seriously there are no better options except these two.

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