2016 Cadillac Escalade

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$49,025–$73,601 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior materials quality
  • High-tech safety features
  • Towing capacity
  • Cabin quietness

The Bad

  • Interior space, considering exterior bulk
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Sticker price
2016 Cadillac Escalade exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade

  • 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

2016 Cadillac Escalade Road Test

Aaron Bragman

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2014 about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

Like a linebacker in an expensive suit, the Escalade has dynamite looks and slick moves, and while its price matches foreign competitors, its sophistication falls just short.

In the 16 years since the Cadillac Escalade first appeared as General Motors' answer to the Lincoln Navigator it's been a popular model, and for good reason: What you see here is essentially the flagship American luxury vehicle — a seven-seat SUV (eight if you get the second-row bench). The only other luxury vehicle made by an American company on American soil that's more expensive than the Escalade is a Tesla Model S, but its volume and appeal are so small that I feel safe in giving the crown to the Escalade (for now).

For 2015, the big Cadillac has received a complete redesign, as have its Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon siblings (compare 2015 and 2014 models here). As before, if you need more space you can opt for the Suburban-sized, long-wheelbase ESV model. The powertrain carries over, but the sheet metal and much of the mechanical bits are completely new, resulting in an Escalade that feels different from the outgoing model.

Exterior & Styling
At first glance, this doesn't look like a mild makeover, with ... Read more

Latest 2016 Escalade Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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Interior Design
Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


Good vehicle

by Jeremy23 from Mount Vernon wa on March 4, 2018

Have had many problems transfer case failed once and I think it’s doung it again . I like the styling inside and out just wish it was more dependable for 100k Read full review


Worst Escalade Ever Owned!

by Baldy from Florida on January 31, 2018

Cannot wait to get rid of this Vehicle. Rides very hard, Transmission Rough. Lousy Vehicle for $100,000 when I do find an out it will not be Cadillac until they get there product right. After all an 8 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Cadillac Escalade currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Cadillac Escalade Standard

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.
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