2016 Cadillac Escalade

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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

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

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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2016 Cadillac Escalade Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Cadillac redesigned the Escalade full-size SUV last year. It's offered in regular- and extended-wheelbase ESV form. Th... Read More

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
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What Drivers Are Saying


Most comfortable big SUV I ever drove

by MC on August 13, 2018

It is a good luxury SUV, very comfortable, especially for family. Nice design interior and outside. The only thing I don't like is that it uses a lot of oil Read full review


Cadillac Cutting Corners

by Disappointed from Chester, NH on April 16, 2018

Cadillac has begun to cut corners. $100,000 vehicle came with Bridgestone tires (8th rated); owned 3 other all with Michelin (#1). Terrible ride. No more! 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.

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Cadillac

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, 24-hour consumer relations center hot line, Free OnStar service for six months and Vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Every certified Pre-Owned Cadillac comes with a 6 year or 100,000 mile Certified limited warranty coverage
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Escalade received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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