2016 Cadillac Escalade

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Cadillac Escalade highlights

Customer rating


  • Robust V8 engine
  • Serene cabin
  • Spacious seating for up to eight


  • Ride experience lacks refinement
  • Cumbersome high cargo floor
  • Third-row space is limited to children

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Cadillac Escalade?

  • Escalade trims have been upgraded with Parking Sensors, Fold-Away Third Row, Quad Seats, Full Roof Rack, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • The ESV trim now comes with Head Up Display as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Cadillac Escalade

1. Eye-catching styling

If you're looking for a luxury SUV that turns heads wherever it goes, look no further than the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade nameplate comes with a certain reputation for curb appeal, and the 2016 model is a worthy successor in this regard, with that large signature Cadillac front grille design backed up by long, flowing lines down the sides, and that trademark imposing stance. There's no mistaking the 2016 Cadillac Escalade for anything else.

2. Powerful standard V8 engine

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade's bold and brash looks are backed up by a powerhouse 6.2L V8 engine, producing a formidable 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. That's more than enough power to put a smile on your face every time you put your foot down, especially when paired with the optional four-wheel-drive system. This also makes the 2016 Cadillac Escalade a great choice for highway cruising, especially as this motor and drivetrain combination is capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway.

3. Spacious three-row cabin

One of the biggest reasons to own a full-size luxury SUV is right there in the name; you'll get vast amounts of space inside a luxurious, well-equipped cabin. The 2016 Cadillac Escalade more than delivers on both of those. Inside you'll find three-row seating and space for up to seven passengers, or eight if you pick the optional second-row bench seat, with plenty of legroom for everybody to stretch out in: 45.3 inches in the front seats, 39.0 inches in the second row and 24.8 inches in the third row.

Additionally, you get standard creature comforts like tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and the CUE® infotainment interface with an eight-inch touchscreen. Need more? You'll get a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray® player and ceiling-mounted flip-down screen on the Luxury trim and upward.

4. Driver convenience tech across the range

Alongside the interior and comfort features listed above, the 2016 Cadillac Escalade also offers a full selection of driver convenience technologies that help make driving this big vehicle an absolute breeze. All 2016 Escalade models include a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking sensors, and Luxury trims upward include a wealth of features like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. For maximum peace of mind, Premium and Platinum trims also add forward and reverse collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.

5. Excellent additional towing capacity

Fancy taking a trailer with you on your next adventure? Or do you just need a rugged work vehicle that can handle the tough jobs? The 2016 Cadillac Escalade's truck underpinnings give it a unique advantage over many of its peers, in the form of impressive pulling power. All models are capable of towing up to an estimated 8,300 lbs, when properly equipped.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Customers say the 2016 Cadillac Escalade is a luxury vehicle with a smooth, comfortable ride and quality interior.

RepairPal gave the Cadillac Escalade an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Cadillac Escalade 8th out of 20 among Luxury Fullsize SUVs.

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Cadillac Escalade features and specs

Premium 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 45.3"/M 39"/R 24.8"

Head room

F 39.7"/M 38.7"/R 38.1"

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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

830/8300 lbs.



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