2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Cadillac Escalade: The Luxury Presence We Admire

In Cadillac by Blaine Traber

The Cadillac Escalade has been a status symbol of success and excellence that has been the vehicle many celebrities have used to arrive at a variety of events and shows over the years.  This is the vehicle made to be an awesome luxury SUV that offers the power and size you want to arrive at a high class affair in as the symbol of the largest and most luxurious SUV on the market today.  Not only does the Escalade provide you the style, look, chrome (there’s a lot of chrome on this beast)  and features you want but it’s also a highly capable vehicle to give you the power of a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine, 4WD and a towing capacity to handle up to 8,300 pounds.

To discuss this power, you know the size of the engine in the Escalade, and it’s present on the ESV model as well, which is the longer wheelbase model of the Escalade.  The engine offers you a full 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque and is attached to a perfectly performing eight-speed automatic transmission that offers diver shift controls and a tow/haul mode.  Amazingly this powertrain does not require premium gasoline, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a bit of fuel savings at the pump and gain the fuel mileage of 15 city/22 hwy mpg for the 2WD and 15 city/21 hwy mpg for the 4WD version.

As for looks, there are very few vehicles that can give you the excitement and angular design of the Escalade.  The presence of this massive piece of metal lets you immediately know you have a huge amount of power and some of the best design elements packed into one vehicle.  The vertical headlights and taillights give the look of sophistications form the LEDs.  With chrome on the perfectly designed grill and on the massive wheels it would be impossible to think of the Escalade as anything else but an imposing monster of a luxury SUV.

Once you make your way inside the Escalade you will be greeted by the sophistications and refinement you expect from a vehicle this large.  Soft materials caress you in every seat, the three rows are large enough for adults to feel comfortable in the rear and the huge cargo area means you can carry plenty of goodies along with you.  Adding the length of the ESV model makes it easier to bring along everything you want to take with you to the event, party, or even out on the trails which the Escalade can handle as well as any vehicle on the market.

When it comes to a family vehicle, the Escalade has everything any family will ask for.  If there are complaints while riding in this SUV you need to have that person checked out at a doctor because they must be ill.  With a vast number of safety features, room for up to eight people to ride and plenty of towing to give you all you want this is an awesome SUV.  For 2016 the Escalade pair can now be equipped with Lane Keep Assistance and the CUE infotainment system has been upgraded for faster response time and more intuitive operation along with the addition of Apple CarPlay.

When you decide it’s time for an Escalade to be part of your driving experience there are four trim levels to choose from.  The Standard model starts around $74,000 with the Luxury moving up to $78,000 the Premium beginning at $82,500 and the Platinum model calling for a $90,000 price tag.  The ESV, which is the long wheel base, adds $3,000 to all these prices and the 4WD will increase the price by $2,600. By checking all the boxes on the list you will be very close to $100,000 for this amazing and large luxury SUV.

Looking to the standard features you will find the chrome grill with active aero shutters that help provide the proper air flow to the engine,  heated seats that are power adjustable, 20-inch chrome plated aluminum wheels, a hands free power liftgate, a remote starter, tri-zone climate control, a reconfigurable instrument cluster, a power folding third row of seats, heated and cooled front seats, a surround vision camera, a 16-speaker Bose Center point audio system, the CUE infotainment system with navigation and a tilt and telescoping steering column all as standard features on the Escalade for you to enjoy.

What you want when you buy a luxury vehicle is the inclusion of some great optional equipment and the Escalade brings you plenty of these to take advantage of and have a fantastic vehicle.  The list includes lane departure warnings, lane keep assistance, adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alerts, cross traffic alerts, 22-ich machine finished wheels, Nappa semi-aniline leather seating, a suede microfiber headliner, climate controlled 18-way adjustable front seats that come with massage features for the driver’s side.  This gives you a vehicle full of awesome stuff to be the one you want to drive the most.

When it does come to a vehicle like this one there are some features that will typically stand out and the fold flat rear seats along with the perfect interior are the two that make the most difference in your ownership experience.  Both the second and third rows of seats fold flat to give you a full flat cargo floor to load in what you want giving you a space that is nearly as large as some truck beds for bringing home all the gear you want.  With the interior that is perfectly made to have the right materials on every surface you can certainly enjoy the luxury you will have on this SUV.

This is a vehicle that you want to drive and cruise around in.  The Magnetic Ride Control suspension gives you a noticeable control element that makes it enjoyable on any road to allow you the ability to keep everyone comfortable in the large interior.  Let your next vehicle choice be the Escalade and experience what the height of driving in a large SUV made for everyone can be for you.