Just last year, the Cadillac Escalade received a full overhaul that makes it even more luxurious and further separates it from its cousins at Chevrolet and GMC.

Pricing and Equipment

The Cadillac Escalade is the most expensive SUV in the General Motors stable with its $73,965 base price. This model does, however, deliver tons of bang for its buck, as it comes standard with:

  • CUE infotainment system
  • OnStar with 4G LTE
  • 16-speaker sound system
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 20-inch wheels

If you need of something more luxurious, Cadillac had you covered increasingly lavish versions of the Escalade: Luxury, Premium, and Platinum. All four trim levels are also available in the longer ESV model, which starts from $76,995.

Performance Pros

Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade’s 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 is plenty potent. In fact, its acceleration puts it in line with performance-oriented competitors from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

  • Well-weighted steering gives good feel.
  • Magnetic ride control makes for a comfy ride.
  • Towing capacity checks in the sturdy 7,900- to 8,300-pound range.

Performance Cons

  • While it handles well for its size, this big American isn't as agile as the big Germans.
  • Cadillac offers only a single engine.

Interior Pros

The interior of the Escalade finally moved into true luxury territory:

  • Active noise cancellation makes the whisper-quiet cabin a great place to spend time.
  • Cut and sewn upholstery adds a new level of class.
  • It has more standard features than we can count.

Interior Cons

We struggle to find flaws in the Escalade's interior, but if there is one, it's that it still shares too much in common with the cabin of a GMC Yukon. The parts sharing isn't as obvious as it used to be, but it's still noticeable.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Cadillac Escalade Interior

We expect luxury, class and quietness from Caddy, but the straight-line acceleration of the Escalade is an exceedingly pleasantly surprise. Its 6.2-liter V8 lays down 420 horses and 460 pound-feet of twist, which helps launch the SUV to 60 mph in just six seconds.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

No one expects exceptional fuel economy from a large SUV, but we expect something better than 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. Things get even worse with four-wheel drive. We know that the 6.2-liter V8 is a new engine, but it may be time to switch the Escalade to a turbo V6.

The Bottom Line

As a luxury people hauler, the 2016 Cadillac Escalade is about as good as buyers can get for their money. It has tons of premium features, a potent powertrain, and the ability to tow a good-sized trailer -- all while looking the part of a luxury cruiser.