2016 Cadillac Escalade

MSRP $75,570 - $91,950

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2016 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 22, 2021

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Since the Cadillac Escalade was fully redesigned last year, the 2016 Escalade comes with no major changes except for the updated infotainment system and the addition of a driver-assist feature. The Escalade draws its power from a powerful V8 engine that can push this five and a half thousand pound SUV from 0-60 mph in under six seconds yet manages to return double-digit fuel economy figures in the city. 

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Pros

Butch looks

Powerful V8 engine

Luxurious cabin

8,200 pounds of towing capacity

Cons

The high cargo loading lip

Third-row is cramped

Ride and handling are not the best

Glitchy driver’s interface

What's New?

The lane keep assist features is now available

The infotainment system received an update


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$84145

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

204 in.

width

81 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

5815 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172 cu ft.

cargo volume

94.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

8100 lbs.

payload capacity

1460 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Standard$75,570 onwards

Luxury$77,045 onwards

Premium$81,545 onwards

Platinum$89,350 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Cadillac Escalade in Black Raven color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Cadillac Escalade starts at $72,970 and that hefty price tag is justified by the opulent cabin that is built with the choicest quality material and comes loaded with creature comfort features right from the base trim. Though the cramped rear seats and smaller boot space have given the rivals an edge over the otherwise unbeatable Cadillac Escalade. Speaking of rivals, the 2016 Escalade competes with Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon, and Land Rover Range Rover.


8.0/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2016 Cadillac Escalade Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade comes in four trims, the prices vary from $72,000 to $92,000 for the top-of-the-range Platinum trim. It can cross $100,000 with the extended wheelbase version called the Escalade ESV. The standard creature comfort and safety features are great and one of Escalade's biggest selling points. Also as standard, you get a big V8 engine mated to an 8-speed gearbox with the choice of either RWD or 4WD drivetrain configuration.

Trims

Standard

Luxury

Premium

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$72,970

$77,045

$81,545

$89,350

MSRP (4WD)

$75,570

$79,645

$84,145

$91,950

Key Features

20-inch alloy wheels

Adds or upgrades to ‘Standard’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Luxury’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Premium’

 

Adjustable Pedals Power w/ memory function

Rear Seat Entertainment w/ two 7" screens

Ceiling mounted 9-inch Rear Seat Entertainment System

Massaging front seats

 

Bose 16-speaker Surround Sound system.

22-inch alloy wheels

Forward and reverse collision mitigation w/ automatic braking

Simulate suede headliner

 

Magnetic adaptive suspension dampers

Sunroof

Rear Camera Mirror w/ rear camera washer

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

Automatic LED headlights

Automatic high beam

Seating Second-row bucket

14-way power-adjustable front seats

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

Head-up display

Rear entertainment system w/ a Blu-ray player

Cooled front-seat center console

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Lane Keep Assist w/ Lane Departure Warning

 

Front seat headrest-mounted rear entertainment screen

 

Heated power tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Power-folding second-row seats


 

LED Illuminating Door Handles

 

Heated rear seats w/ power-folding third-row seats

Forward collision warning

   
 

8" infotainment screen w/ CUE infotainment interface

Rear cross-traffic alert

   

We Recommend

Rather than spending $100,000 on the top-end trims, the Luxury trim is the one to go for, it has every feature you'll ever need and only lacks the larger rear entertainment screen with some fancy gizmos and exotic materials for the cabin. Also, for under eighty grand, you get all the bells and whistles and add a couple of driver-assist features, a must for an SUV of this size.

2016 Cadillac Escalade Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 motor that churns out a gargantuan 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The power delivery is directed to the rear wheels as standard while the 4WD drivetrain is available. Despite being a heavy SUV the powerful V8 propels the Escalade from 0-60 mph in a matter of 5.7 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds. 

The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox shifts well but the brakes are weak for the size and weight, they are sub-par at best and lack the feel. Overall, the power delivery is smooth and punchy, and overtaking is a breeze in the Escalade. The magnetic ride control comes as standard and it makes the SUV glide on uneven roads and bumps without losing its composure.

Models

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Land Rover Range Rover

2016 GMC Yukon

MSRP

$72,970

$63,195

$69,950

$60,000

Engine

6.2-liter V8

3.5-liter turbo V6

3.0-liter supercharged V6

5.3-liter V8 

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

380 hp @ 5250 rpm

380 hp @ 6500 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

460 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

460 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

332 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.7 sec

6.2 sec

6.2 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

14.7 sec

16.7 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

145 MPH

113 MPH

130 MPH

125 MPH

All the three rivals of the Escalade are not only cheaper than it but also each comes with a different engine under its hood. The Navigator gets a turbo V6 while the Range Rover packs in a supercharged V6 and the GMC Yukon like the Escalade gets a naturally aspirated V8 under its hood. As evident from the table the Escalade is not only the most powerful but also quickest in both the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs.

2016 Cadillac Escalade Fuel Economy

5.0/10

As per EPA, the 2016 Cadillac Escalade can return a fuel economy figure of 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. With the 4WD the highway fuel economy figure drops by 1 mpg. The 2016 Escalade as standard comes with a 26-gallon fuel tank and the RWD Escalade can return a decent 390 miles and 572 miles range in the city and on the highway respectively.

Models

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Land Rover Range Rover

2016 GMC Yukon

MPG

(city)

15

16

17

16

MPG (highway)

22

22

23

22

MPG (combined)

17

18

19

18

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

26.0

28.0

22.5

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles) 

390/ 572/ 442

448/ 616/ 504

383/ 518/ 427

416/ 572/ 468

Compared to the competition the Escalade’s fuel economy isn't the best in class. The Range Rover powered by a supercharged V6 returns the best 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively while the Lincoln returns one mpg more in the city compared to the Escalade and packs in the biggest fuel tank of 28-gallon. 

2016 Cadillac Escalade Interior

8.2/10

The cabin of the 2016 Escalade screams luxury and opulence. An upwards of seventy-grand SUV has to fulfill certain benchmarks when it comes to interior fit, finish, and material quality. Cadillac has cut no corners and ensured the cabin features a choice of material with all the prominent touchpoints and seats covered in high-quality leather. 

As standard, you get seating for 8 with the second-row bench seats and seating for 7 with the second-row bucket seats. The front and rear seats are heated while the front seats also get power adjustment with a ventilation function. The tri-zone automatic climate control and a big sunroof keep everyone comfortable and happy. Also, available as standard is the rear-seat entertainment screens that increase in size and number as you climb the trim ladder.

Models

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Land Rover Range Rover

2016 GMC Yukon

Passenger capacity

7

7

5

8

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

42.8/ 64.9/ 45.3

39.5/ 63.3/ 43.0

39.5/ 60.7/ 42.2

42.8/ 64.8/ 45.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.7/ 64.4/ 39.0

39.7/ 63.7/ 39.1

39.1/ 59.5/ 37.0

38.7/ 65.1/ 39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/ 62.6/ 24.8

37.6/ 51.9/ 37.7

N/A

38.1/ 62.6/ 24.8

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

15.2

18.1

32.1

15.3

Except for the Land Rover Range Rover that has only two-row seats with seating for five passengers all the other SUVs offer either seven or eight seats. Being a dimensionally big SUV the Escalade has a very generous cabin space but still falls short of the enormous cabin space offered on the Lincoln Navigator. The space in the first two rows is almost similar in both the SUVs but the Navigator offers a far more spacious third-row compared to the Escalade. Not only this the Navigator has the biggest 18.1 cubic feet of boot compared to that Escalade offers just 15.2 cubic feet of boot space. Key interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Power-adjustable seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated and tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Available front seats massage function

How intuitive is the Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment system?

As standard, the 2016 Cadillac Escalade comes with a Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system that runs on an 8-inch touchscreen. Other nifty features that tag along this system include a 16-speaker Bose surround sound system, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice command, Apple CarPlay, etc. Key infotainment system features include:

  • Bose surround sound system
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-inch touchscreen

2016 Cadillac Escalade Exterior

8.0/10

The imposing stance of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade is second to none. The huge front grille, signature headlamps, and chrome accents all around push the Escalade far away from subtle. It is the type of vehicle that requires a certain taste and confidence to own because the boldness for some is brashness for others. The massive SUV rides on 20-inch wheels as a standard that can be upsized to up to 22-inch. The headlights are LED with automatic on/off function while the cornering lamps and automatic high beam headlights are available in higher trims. 

Models

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Land Rover Range Rover

2016 GMC Yukon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,552

5,830

4,839

5,626

Length (in.)

203.9

207.4

196.9

203.9

Width (in.)

80.5

78.8

81.6

80.5

Height (in.)

74.4

78.1

72.2

74.4

Ground clearance (in.)

8.0

8.4

8.7

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

119.0

115.0

116.0

When we talk about the dimensions only the Lincoln Navigator has the sheer size to beat the Cadillac Escalade in terms of length, height, and wheelbase. While the Range Rover with 81.6-inches of width remains the widest SUV among all and with 8.7-inches has the highest ground clearance. Key exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Power-folding outside mirror
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Running board

2016 Cadillac Escalade Safety

7.5/10

A full-length crash-test hasn’t been conducted by either the NHTSA or the IIHS for the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. Although the NHTSA has partially crash-tested the Escalade, it received a five out of five-star rating for the side crash test and a three-star rating for the rollover test. The Cadillac Escalade comes with a host of active and safety features but the advanced driver-assist features are limited to the higher trims or part of the optional package. Key safety features include:

  • Blind-zone alert
  • Safety alert seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Optional Driver Awareness package
  • Front and rear park assists
  • Child safety locks

2016 Cadillac Escalade Final Verdict

The Cadillac Escalade is a big and butch SUV that not only costs a bomb but is also not everyone’s cup of tea or a daily driver. Starting at seventy grand this SUV is an epitome of luxury and space with lots of gizmos packed in. The powerful V8 engine ensures that this mighty SUV never feels underpowered while the fuel economy ratings are also respectable for an SUV this size. Although it has a cramped third-row and smaller cargo space. That’s exactly where the Lincoln Navigator comes into the picture and makes the Escalade look a poor choice in front of it.

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