2016 Cadillac EscaladeChange Vehicle
of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- 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
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.
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