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2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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$34,548 — $75,588 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
16-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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 ESV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 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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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The ESV is the giant-sized version of the Cadillac Escalade. It uses the same engine, underpinnings, styling and major features as the Escalade and has more cargo room and third-row passenger space. It seats seven or eight depending on whether the second row has two or three seats.
What's Special

  • 130-inch wheelbase is 14 inches longer than Escalade’s
  • Overall length is 20.4 inches longer at 224.3 inches
  • Maximum cargo volume is 26.7 cubic feet larger at 120.9 cubic feet

Here's info on the regular Escalade:

Cadillac redesigned the Escalade full-size SUV last year. It's offered in regular- and extended-wheelbase ESV form. The Escalade is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL but has unique styling and a standard 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine.
New for 2016
The standard Cadillac User Experience entertainment system adds Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring technology for integrating iPhone functionality, and Cadillac says CUE is faster and more intuitive. Android Auto capability is due later in the model year. Lane keeping assist is now included in a Driver Awareness Package.
Significant Standard Features

  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Adaptive suspension
  • LED exterior lighting
  • OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • 360-degree surround-view camera system
  • Hands-fre...
Vehicle Overview

The ESV is the giant-sized version of the Cadillac Escalade. It uses the same engine, underpinnings, styling and major features as the Escalade and has more cargo room and third-row passenger space. It seats seven or eight depending on whether the second row has two or three seats.
What's Special

  • 130-inch wheelbase is 14 inches longer than Escalade’s
  • Overall length is 20.4 inches longer at 224.3 inches
  • Maximum cargo volume is 26.7 cubic feet larger at 120.9 cubic feet

Here's info on the regular Escalade:

Cadillac redesigned the Escalade full-size SUV last year. It's offered in regular- and extended-wheelbase ESV form. The Escalade is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL but has unique styling and a standard 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine.
New for 2016
The standard Cadillac User Experience entertainment system adds Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring technology for integrating iPhone functionality, and Cadillac says CUE is faster and more intuitive. Android Auto capability is due later in the model year. Lane keeping assist is now included in a Driver Awareness Package.
Significant Standard Features

  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Adaptive suspension
  • LED exterior lighting
  • OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • 360-degree surround-view camera system
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Side airbag between front seats 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 22-inch wheels
  • Power-retractable side steps
  • Safety Alert Seat, which pulses to warn driver about potential safety issues
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear entertainment system with 9-inch screen

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
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(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV 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
4 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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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 ESV 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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