2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review – Strong, Powerful, and Large

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV is presented as a complete overhaul to that of the 2015 model. Still, it presents only a few changes in terms of features when compared to last year’s model. Changes include a front-view camera, an available lane-departure intervention system, and an enhanced CUE infotainment system.

2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review - Strong, Powerful, and Large

What to Expect With the 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV?

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV does not receive much in terms of changes. However, the vehicle does get an updated with its often-criticized CUE infotainment system. Said system now sports a faster processor and a more accurate voice recognition feature. Another addition to the (small) list of features is the lane-departure intervention system.

With this model, it will mark the start of all Escalade ESVs to come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This will come as a pair with a strong 420-horsepower V8 engine.

Even though there are many things that can be marveled with the 2016 Escalade ESV, there are some areas that many might not find to their fancy. For instance, the car’s high cargo loading floor comes from the vehicle’s truck-based design. This is also shared with full-sized SUVs from other vehicle manufacturers such as GMC and Chevrolet. Furthermore, driving performance is seen to be less than optimal. This can be attributed to its rugged underpinnings.

That’s not the end of it; there is also the ESV’s size. The car is definitely large as it stretches almost 19-feet from nose to tail. This is 20-inches longer than the already sizable standard Escalade. This makes parking all the more difficult.

But the reality is that the car has excellent towing and hauling capabilities. In fact, many can even say that it is unmatched with regards to these areas.

Those who are interested in this full-size luxury SUV should know that it is available in four trim levels. The cabin can accommodate up to seven people with the standard second-row captain’s chairs. That number will increase to eight when the purchasers get the optional second-row bench seat.

For the base trim, it will generously be appointed with 20-inch chrome wheels, a magnetic ride control (with Sport and Comfort modes), automatic wipers, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, and a tri-zone automatic climate control to name a few of its standard offerings.

If you’re looking for a lot of new things, then the 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV does not offer much. It does have a large cabin as it can carry up to eight passengers, but its large size also means that it will be more troublesome to find the right parking space.


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