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Key specs of the base trim
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- Interior materials quality
- High-tech safety features
- Towing capacity
- Cabin quietness
- Interior space, considering exterior bulk
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Sticker price
Apple CarPlay integration new for 2016
Body-on-frame full-size SUV
Regular- and long-wheelbase ESV versions
4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability
420-hp V-8 engine standard
Rear- or four-wheel drive
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What Is the 2016 Cadillac Escalade?
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV with seating for seven or eight depending on whether the second row has two or three seats. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLS 550, Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator and the Infiniti QX80. Trim levels include the Standard, Luxury Collection, Premium Collection and Platinum. Each trim is offered with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Cadillac Escalade ESV is an extended version, but is covered separately.
What's New on the 2016 Cadillac Escalade?
For 2016, the standard Cadillac User Experience entertainment system features Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is expected later in the model year. As part of the Driver Awareness Package, lane-keeping assist is now available.
How Does the 2016 Cadillac Escalade Compare to Other Full-Size SUVs?
Most competitors at this price offer a more luxurious and refined experience inside and out, but the Escalade shines in terms of space and towing capacity. Recent updates have allowed the Escalade to pull far ahead of its former direct competitor, the Lincoln Navigator, now outperforming it in areas such as style, amenities and power.
What Features in the 2016 Cadillac Escalade Are Most Important?
The Escalade is equipped with a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Significant standard features include 20-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, a power-folding third-row seat, hands-free power liftgate, adaptive suspension, OnStar 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot (with subscription), a 360-degree surround-view camera system and a side-impact airbag between the front seats. As required in all new cars, the Escalade also features front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Significant available features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, Safety Alert Seat, adaptive cruise control, 22-inch wheels, a rear entertainment system and power-retractable side steps.
Should I Buy the 2016 Cadillac Escalade?
However, its high price tag and disappointing interior space versus its exterior bulk may cause some shoppers to look elsewhere.
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Love the upgrade
We upgraded from a 2014 Escalade to a 2016 Escalade we are super happy with the new ride and the new technology in our vehicle. Read full review
You pay for what you get
This is a really great vehicle. It drives very smoothly. It's definitely luxury filled. I'm glad a went with this as opposed to a Tahoe or Yukon. Read full review
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade currently has 4 recalls