2016 Cadillac Escalade: High end luxury in this SUV

December 04 2019

The stylish package of comfort and technology continues with the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. With lines that are crisp and sophisticated, the dramatic effect created by the full LED lighting on the front and the rear, and the taillights illuminating the Cadillac logo. The Escalade comes with a very substantial powertrain and luxury cabin touches that promote a high level of driving comfort.

About the 2016 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade uses a 6.2-Litre V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive comes standard on all the Escalade Canadian market vehicles. It offers RWD, 4 high, 4 Low, as well as an Automatic four-wheel setting for use on hard surfaces. All Escalade models include Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magnetic force on tiny metal particles inside the shock absorbers to instantly tighten or soften the suspension, depending on the road surface. It is great for smoothing out the ride over bumps and can be adjusted for Comfort or Sport settings.

The interior

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade offers a sophisticated, luxurious design and finishes with leather and suede placed subtly next to wood trim with a stunning open-pore treatment. The heated and cooled front seats are standard features. The first and second-row seats give good support and are comfortable, with plenty of room for movement. However, the third row is rather cramped and features hard seat cushions. The two rear rows conveniently fold down electrically to produce a flat floor for extra cargo space, and the rear hatch will open automatically when you kick your foot under the bumper. The infotainment system is updated with the inclusion of Apple CarPlay.


The 6.2-litre gives a smooth and stout performance, cranking out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Included is a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, which runs on half of its cylinders when full power isn’t needed; the switch is seamless, and you’ll likely only know if it’s on eight or four by checking the indicator in the dash.

Safety features

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade comes with several drivers assist systems. Included are blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist that lets you know if changing lanes is safe, and automatic front or rear braking should you be about to collide with another vehicle. Some of the warnings are delivered through the driver’s seat, which vibrates harshly to alert you about a potential problem.

As the Cadillac Escalade SUV was completely redesigned for 2015, the changes for the 2016 year are minimal. They consist of a new lane-keeping-assist feature as well as some new items in the infotainment system. Settings can be changed for sport or comfort.